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Object Relations 202B 2021F
Tuesday, December 21, 2021, 7:10 PM - 8:40 PM EDT
Category: Courses

Object Relations (202B)

Instructors: Steve Bennett, PhD and Amy Levy, PsyD

Description:   Object Relations is the second of a four-part series that provides an introduction to the major phases of development in psychoanalytic theory from its origins in the latter part of the 19th century to the present. Object Relations is an 8-session course that focuses on psychoanalytic theories originating in early object relations.  Theorists discussed will include Sullivan, Fromm, Klein, Fairbairn, Winnicott, and Bion.  We will explore the shift from Freud's drive/structural model to the relational/structural model that has dominated psychoanalysis over several decades.  We will follow themes of topography, motivation, structure, and development to learn how these theories evolve from, coexist with, and inform each other.

Target Audience: This course is intended for clinicians at beginning through intermediate levels.

Prerequisite: Students will need a basic exposure to and understanding of psychoanalytic theory and its application to the treatment of patients. Applicants can meet this requirement through previous coursework, training, or supervision (e.g., Thinking Psychoanalytically: The Basics; the PPSC Introductory Course; psychoanalytic coursework or supervision in graduate school/residency or post-graduation). Applicants who don't meet this requirement can register for the course with permission of the instructor.

Format: This class will combine lecture and seminar formats; student participation is encouraged. All the PCC courses are small group discussions that require participants to read and synthesize the materials presented.  PCC faculty ensure that gaps in knowledge are addressed.

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WHERE:   Virtual
WHEN:     Oct 26, 2021 – December 14, 2021 (CLASS WILL BE HELD WEEK OF THANKSGIVING)
TIME:        7:10- 8:40

Training Program Credit: Students who successfully complete this course can earn credit in both the psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy training programs.

About the Instructors: 

Steven Bennett, PhD, is a Training and Supervising Analyst and is on the faculty of the PCC.  He is an adjunct Associate Clinical Professor in the UNC Department of Psychiatry. He has been the President of the PCC (2016-2017) and Director of the PCC Training Programs (2013-2015). Steve is a psychologist/psychoanalyst who in 1993 established in Chapel Hill the Center for Psychological and Family Services which has focused on understanding the interrelationship between personal psychodynamics and the influence of spiritual and social values.

Amy Levy, PsyD is a psychoanalytic and forensic psychologist who trained in San Francisco and Los Angeles, California. She has published and presented her elaborations on Wilfred Bion’s theories and hysteria, and has a chapter-in-press on adolescent Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in the civil legal arena.  Dr. Levy is past chair of the Education Committee for the Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology.  Dr. Levy has presented on psychoanalytic group work and has taught courses on psychodynamic theory, assessment, and group therapy at various San Francisco and Los Angeles doctoral programs.  Since moving to North Carolina,  she has continued a clinical and forensic private practice.


Greenberg, Jay and Mitchell, Stephen A. (1984).  Object relations in psychoanalytic theory, Harvard University Press.

Scharff, D. E. (Ed.). (1996).  Object Relations theory and practice: An Introduction. Jason Aaronson Press.    

Course Syllabus: click here

Registration and Tuition Deadline deadline is October 15. 
$25 Registration Fee is due at time of application.

Tuition: $315
$235 for students matriculated in the training programs 
$290 for residents and graduate students
Payment plans can be arranged with the Administrator

Matriculated students aren't charged a course registration fee.  Students who register for more than one course in a semester pay only one registration fee.  In special circumstances we may accept registrations after the registration deadline, but there will be an additional $20 late registration fee.
Course Cancellation Policy

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Course Learning Objectives: Upon completion, class participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the early model of object relations as it relates to the drive/structural model.
  2. Discuss the contributions of Fromm and his contributions to later relational models which consider trauma, attachment, and the evolution of altruism.
  3. Describe Klein’s model of object relations as it relates to the paranoid/schizoid positions, projection/projective identification, and the evolution of envy and gratitude.
  4. Describe Fairbairn’s conceptualization of object relations and how it relates to his ideas about therapeutic action.
  5. Describe the contributions of Winnicott especially as it concerns the use of objects and the impact of true and false selves.
  6. Compare and contrast the sufficiency of maternal availability for normal infant development in the theories of Klein and Winnicott. 
  7. Discuss the importance of Bion’s work in object relations (e.g., psychotic and non-psychotic personalities, theory of thinking, or the autistic-contiguous position).
  8. Describe your relative appreciation for the views of Klein, Winnicott, and Fairbairn as they shape your thoughts about therapeutic action, especially comparing the importance of interpretation and the therapeutic relationship.


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Psychoanalytic Association and the Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.”

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 12 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

 IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters for this educational activity has relevant financial relationship(s)* to disclose with ineligible companies* whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

*Financial relationships are relevant if the educational content an individual can control is related to the business lines or products of the ineligible company.

-Updated July 2021-

The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6518. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.


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