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Object Relations Fall 2024

12 Week Class - September 4, 2024-November 20, 2024, Wednesdays, 12:00pm-1:30pm

Live Interactive Webinar via Zoom


System Requirements: To attend this training, one must have access to a computer, internet and Zoom. It is vital that a computer be utilized for this training, instead of a mobile device or Ipad.

Course Description

This course will examine the development of object relations theories from Melanie Klein, who first began to shape Freudian drive theory into a focus on internalized object relations in the 1930's, and its evolution to the present day.  In particular we will examine how each theorist conceptualizes the object and understands motivation and behavior in the context of our relations with others. We will look at how object relations perspectives developed from a focus on the internal world of one person to an increasingly relational and intersubjective focus on two-person processes. In particular, we will trace how the clinical concept of projective identification has shifted from a one-person mechanism of defense to a two-person conceptualization of interpersonal process.

Instructor: Catherine Bianchi, PhD

Catherine Bianchi, PhD. received her certificate in psychoanalysis from the Center for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis of N J in 2016. Her theoretical interests are in the history of psychoanalysis and the integrative practice of psychoanalytic approaches to treatment. As a result, she has studied the Object Relations theorists in depth. She has taught as a university lecturer since 1987. Her most recent teaching experience has been at the Graduate School of Applied Professional Psychology at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, where she has taught object relations theory and the history of psychoanalysis to doctoral students in clinical psychology.


  • Define the psychoanalytic concept of the Object and its connection to internal representations.
  • Articulate the similarities and differences in the theory of the Object across theorists from Freudian and Kleinian perspectives to later psychoanalytic thinking.
  • Assess object relations in clinical case material.
  • Apply the object relations perspective to a clinical case and write a case formulation.
  • Identify and explain the operation of splitting and projective identification in one or more clinical cases from their practices.

Target Audience:  Suitable for Psychologists, Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, Psychiatrists, Advanced Practice Nurses, Graduate Students, Marriage and Family Therapists.

Level of SophisticationThis is an intermediate level post-graduate continuing education program. (Some relevant background is required.) 

ADA accommodations available upon request: Requests required at least 14 days prior to course start.

Continuing Education: 

18 CEs for Counselors, Psychologists & Social Workers

For counselors: CPPNJ has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education   Provider, ACEP No. 6863. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. CPPNJ is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

For Psychologists:  CPPNJ is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CPPNJ maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. 


For NY Psychologists: Center for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis of New Jersey is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0165. 

For NJ Social Workers For NJ Social Workers: Object Relations 201, Course #5108, is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to be offered by Center for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis of NJ as an individual course. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE course approval period: 08/24/2023 - 08/24/2025. Social workers completing this course receive 18 clinical continuing education credits.

NY Social Workers: Center for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis of New Jersey is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0757.

Course Fee: $400

Course Refund Policy: Up to one month before a course starts there will be a full course refund less a $50 administrative fee. Less than one month before a course starts there will be a $50 administrative fee and the payment will be applied to a future course. Once a class starts, there will be no refunds. Extraordinary circumstances will be reviewed on an individual basis.

There is no potential conflict of interest and/or commercial support for this CE event.

For more information or registration, please call 973-912-4432, visit us online at www.cppnj.org, contact us by email at [email protected] or at CPPNJ 235 Main St, Madison, NJ 07940