The International Institute of
Object Relations Therapy
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  IIORT OBJECTIVES ARE
 
    dot To understand the original theories of object relations: Fairbairn's view of the personality as a system of parts in dynamic relation, Klein's concepts of projective/introjective identification and intrapsychic positions, Winnicott's study of relationships in the mother-infant dyad, and Bowlby's attachment theory.
 
    dot To integrate the contributions of Fairbairn, Klein, Bion, Spillius, Joseph, Winnicott, Balint, Guntrip, Sutherland, Bollas, Ogden, Mitchell, and other contemporary theorists with personal clinical experience in small group discussion.
 
    dot To understand advances in theory such as extractive introjection, the autistic- contiguous position, psychic genera, the dynamic relations of self and object, new ideas of trauma and regeneration, the analytic mind, chaos theory, and attachment patterns.
 
    dot To apply object relations theory to technique in individual, family, couple and group therapy, and in working with institutions.
 
    dot To learn to use the therapist's self -- through understanding transference and countertransference, listening to the unconscious, responding interpretively from inside your own experience, and providing a holding environment.
 
    dot To further public understanding of the role of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis in the mental health of  individuals, families, and institutions.


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