One-Year Introductory Program
in Relational Studies



Saturday, June 6th, 2020 at 12pm

This meeting will take place over Zoom. For more information and to RSVP, please contact our program co-directors, Lauren Levine, PhD, at and Anita Herron, PhD, at


The One Year Introductory Program in Relational Studies is a two-semester program sponsored by the Stephen A. Mitchell Center for Relational Studies, and is the first of its kind. We provide a unique opportunity to learn the fundamentals of relational theory and clinical practice from internationally recognized faculty, the founding and leading voices in Relational Psychoanalysis.

Our fall semester traces the historical precursors of contemporary relational conceptualizations. We critically examine the shift from Freud’s “blank screen” to the mutative impact of the relational aspects of the analytic relationship. We will then review the most significant work from Interpersonal Psychoanalysis; Object Relations theory; and conceptualizations of Self, including theories of Intersubjectivity and multiplicity of self-states. These streams of thought and practice form the basic foundation of the Relational turn.

Our spring semester focuses on important topics in clinical practice. Faculty present different conceptualizations of the therapeutic relationship and therapeutic action within Relational Psychoanalysis; enactment and impasse; self-disclosure; race, class, and identity; shame; mother-infant interaction and implications for the analytic relationship; the impact of individual traumatic experience as well as the intergenerational transmission of trauma; gender and sexuality; the analyst’s self-care; and termination. Our mother-infant session is enriched by presentation of split screen video analysis of micro-moments of interactions. Throughout the year, faculty share clinical vignettes, and encourage students to bring in material from their own clinical work to illustrate the topics under examination.

Classes will meet on Thursdays, beginning in September 2020 from 7-9:15 PM at the Stevenson School located at 24 West 74 Street, NYC. The program is open to licensed and license-eligible mental health professionals. Classes are designed to meet the educational needs of recent postgraduates and those who want to be introduced to the foundations of relational psychotherapy. The program is well suited for individuals who may be considering future analytic training.


Opportunities are available for pro bono professional mentoring and low-fee clinical consultation with faculty members from the Stephen A. Mitchell Center for Relational Studies.


Tuition for the academic year is $2600. A letter of completion will be awarded upon successful participation in the program. We are accredited by New York State for CE credits for licensed clinical social workers. Enrollment is limited.

Application materials include a letter letting us know something about you and why you are interested in our program at this time in your professional development, a CV, and an official graduate school transcript. These can be emailed to the Co-Directors at the addresses below. The $25 application fee can be paid on the website. We will then contact applicants for an interview. We are now open for applications and have rolling admissions. Enrollment in our Program is for the full year only. We cannot refund tuition once the year has begun. Unfortunately, the Stephen Mitchell Center is not able to offer financial aid.

Please send all of these materials to both Lauren Levine, PhD at and Anita Herron, PhD at Once your application has been received, you will be contacted for an interview.


Proposed Sequence for 2019-2020

Weeks 1 and 2 : Overview of the Program and Key Concepts
Lauren Levine and Anita Herron

Week 3 : Sigmund Freud
Jill Salberg

Weeks 4 and 5 : Sandor Ferenczi
Tony Bass

Week 6 : Melanie Klein
Tom Johnson

Week 7 : RD Fairbairn
Amy Schwartz Cooney

Week 8 : DW Winnicott
Joyce Slochower

Week 9 : American Interpersonal Psychoanalysis
Margaret Black Mitchell

Week 10 : Harold Searles Alan Kintzer

Week 11 : Kohut and Contemporary Self Psychology
Peter Kaufmann

Week 12 : Integration of Preceding Material
Lauren Levine and Anita Herron

Weeks 13 and 14 : Overview of concepts, Multiplicity and Dissociation
Jody Davies

Weeks 15 and 16 : Race, Class, and Identity
Melanie Suchet

Week 17 : Shame
Lauren Levine and Anita Herron

Week 18 : Mother-Infant Communication and the Origins of Attachment: Implications for Adult Treatment
Beatrice Beebe

Weeks 19 and 20 : Impasse and Enactment
Janine de Peyer

Week 21 : Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma
Jill Salberg

Week 22 : Self-Disclosure
Darlene Ehrenberg

Weeks 23 and 24 : The Analytic Relationship
Tony Bass

Week 25 : The Analyst’s Self-Care
Adrienne Harris

Week 26 : Objects Good and Bad: Adaptations of the Analyst’s Role
Lisa Director

Weeks 27 and 28 : Intersubjectivity and the Analytic Third
Jessica Benjamin

Week 29 : Gender
Sandy Silverman

Week 30 : Sexuality
Avgi Saketopoulou

Week 31 : Termination
Lauren Levine and Anita Herron

Thursdays, 7:00 - 9:15 p.m.
at the Robert Louis Stevenson School
at 24 West 74th Street, New York, N.Y. 10024
Lauren Levine, Ph.D. and Anita Herron, Ph.D., Co-Directors

The Stephen Mitchell Relational Study Center, LLC 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-0261.
Total Available CE Hours for LCSW's and LMSW's: 64

Intro Tuition & Fee
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A complete list of the Mitchell Center Faculty can be found here: Faculty Information

Board of Directors
Anthony Bass, Ph.D.
Jessica Benjamin, Ph.D.
Margaret Black, Ph.D.
Jody Messler Davies, Ph.D.