Object Relations Theory
This object relations theory course presents the foundations of object relations theory. The theory reflects a perspective of psychoanalysis that emphasizes the significance of the interpersonal experience on the development of mind and character. This perspective examines the critical significance of human relationships for normal development, the processes whereby the mind is formed from those relationships, the intricacy of specialized ego functions, and the evolution of the person as a unique and adaptive being. Object relations theory serves to move psychoanalysis beyond economic, structural, and genetic considerations, and toward an appreciation for systemic interactions between persons, and the symbolizing of those interactions within the person.
This introductory course begins with the work of Melanie Klein and contrasts her views with those of Sigmund Freud. Then, it discusses the views of W. R. D. Fairbairn, Michael Balint, D. W. Winnicott, and Harry Guntrip, and their conceptualizations of intrapsychic development.
Instructor for Object Relations Theory
The Instructor is Dr. Michael J. Gerson, an experienced Psychologist and Psychoanalyst in California. He has been training clinicians for over 30 years, both in his private practice, in community counseling centers, and as a professor of Psychology in graduate programs. He is a professor emeritus of the Graduate School of Psychology at California Lutheran University and is renowned for his depth of understanding of the therapeutic process and for his keen ability to translate complex concepts into terms that are clear and that can be applied to the clinician’s own work.
CE Credits for Object Relations Theory
This course earns 8 continuing education credits. The Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education programs for psychologists. The Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.
Conflicts of Interest or Commercial Support
There is no commercial support or other potential conflicts of interest for this program, presentation, or instructor.
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Sources and Relevance
Our programs and teaching methods are supported by current, empirically-based scientific literature, and are designed to provide continuing education that is relevant to psychological practice, education, and/or research, so that psychologists may maintain and expand their ability to serve the public and contribute to the profession.
Target Audience for Object Relations Theory
Our courses are designed for postdoctoral-level psychologists; this course is an introductory-level course. All mental health professionals, educators, and researchers have a variety of educational backgrounds and needs—if you have any questions about whether this course could benefit you and/or would be appropriate for your level of training, please do not hesitate to contact us. You may contact the Director directly at email@example.com with any questions or concerns.
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Course Format Summary for Object Relations Theory
The course, Object Relations Theory, includes an online written manuscript and accompanying audio file, for optional review in multiple modalities. An online multiple choice test and Certificate of Completion follow completion of the course for 8 CE credits. Introductory level. A brief video provides opening remarks by Dr. Gerson. This course may be applied to the Certificate of Advanced Study in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy if desired. $119.