The International Institute of
Object Relations Therapy



In Burlington, VT, Charlottesville VA; Chevy Chase MD; Long Island NY; Manhattan NY; New Orleans LA; Omaha NE; Philadelphia PA; Salt Lake City UT; San Diego CA; Panama; and Tampa, FL.

A series of monthly and weekly seminars introduce basic concepts of Object Relations Theory and Therapy focusing on the contributions of Bion, Fairbairn, Klein and Winnicott, and as well as the more recent contributions of Bollas, Mitchell, Ogden, Scharff and Scharff. Readings cover early mother-infant relationships and self development; group dynamics; family and couple therapy; the concepts of projective and introjective identification and the intrapsychic positions; transference and countertransference. The program involves a combination of lectures, readings, video, clinical case presentation and integrative small group discussion. The schedule of these programs will be arranged locally for the mutual convenience of faculty and students and the curriculum may be modified to reflect local interests.

Ongoing seminars and study groups may accept new members. Call 301-215-7377,
e-mail or write for a local brochure.

Weekly group and individual supervision, are offerred by faculty in satellite cities, fees by arrangement.

Extent of Commitment
Participants enrol for the length of the course offering, whether it is four weeks or one year. They may elect any component of the local program with no further obligation or participation, or use them for further immersion while in ORTP, or continue in study group and supervision to fulfill the criteria for the clinical application certificate.

Selection of Applicants
Participants are professionals or graduate students at various levels of experience from all mental health disciplines who are accepted on the basis of interest in object relations theory and commitment to group learning. We recruit a diverse body of participants. Participants in the Satellite Clinical Application Program must be licensed or license-eligible.

Cancellation Policy
Refunds will be made for written cancellations received in advance of the opening day of a seminar or study group, less a non-refundable portion of the registration fee which will be retained to cover administrative costs. This amount will be $50. Supervisors will determine their policy on cancellation of individual supervision on an individual basis. IIORT reserves the right to cancel conferences or programs in the case of insufficient registration or other unforseeable circumstance. In the event of cancellation, registrants will be notified and all fees will be refunded in full. IIORT accepts no further liability to students, faculty or any guest speakers.

Continuing Education Credit
Participants enrolled in local seminars, supervision and study groups and in national programs of IIORT earn continuing education credit on an hour-for-hour basis. The International Institute of Object Relations Therapy is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. IIORT maintains responsibility for the program. The IIORT is recognized by the National Board for Certified Counselors to offer continuing education for counselors. We adhere to NBCC Continuing Education Guidelines. Application is made on an individual basis for approval to NASW to grant continuing education credit for social workers.


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