One-Year Introductory Program
in Relational Studies



Lauren Levine, Ph.D. and Anita Herron, Ph.D., Co-Directors

Our 2021-22 class is now filled.
Please consider participating in our Seminar Series.


The One-Year Introductory Program in Relational Studies 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, leading, and emerging voices in Relational Psychoanalysis.

In our program, we critically examine the shift from Freud's "blank screen" to the mutative impact of the relational matrix and the analytic relationship, interrogating race, class, gender, sexuality and the sociopolitical.

Our fall semester traces the historical precursors and current developments in contemporary Relational theory. We review central theoretical contributions from Freud and Ferenczi, Object Relations, Interpersonal Psychoanalysis, Self Psychology and Intersubjectivity, as well as feminist, queer theory and critical race theory.

Our spring semester focuses on important topics in clinical practice. Faculty present different conceptualizations of the therapeutic relationship and therapeutic action; intersubjectivity and the analytic third; enactment and impasse; race, class, and identity; shame; community psychoanalysis; mother-infant interaction and implications for the analytic relationship; the intergenerational transmission of trauma; Black embodiment; the analyst's self-care; psychoanalytic and Caribbean perspectives on relationality; gender; sexuality; and termination.

Throughout the year, faculty share clinical vignettes, and encourage students to bring in material from their own clinical work to illustrate the topics we are exploring.

Classes meet on Thursdays, 7-9:15pm USA EST, September 2021 through May 2022. The program is open to licensed and license-eligible mental health professionals. Classes are designed to meet the educational needs of recent postgraduates as well as more experienced clinicians 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 Mitchell Relational Study Center.

The application cycle is closed for 2021-22. Information sessions typically run in March and April prior to the start of the academic year. Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend information sessions.

Application materials include a personal statement, CV, and an official graduate school transcript. A $25 application fee is required and can be paid below. Eligible applicants are contacted for an interview.

Tuition for the 2-semester 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, and is for the full year only. We cannot refund tuition once the year has begun.

One-Year Introductory Program in Relational Studies
Scholarship Application for 2021-2022

In concert with ongoing, public, demands for naming racism, and racist attitudes in society at large, and for the implementation of racial justice in established social structures, the Stephen Mitchell Relational Study Center hopes to create more diverse, equitable, and inclusive educational opportunities that will attract and encourage students representing the BIPoC community. We hope to deepen the interests of these students in the promise of relational psychoanalysis to interrogate and to transform the systematic racism that has plagued and limited both the theoretical and clinical contributions of our profession, thereby narrowing our racial diversity both in our professional community and in our patient population. In these critical moments of our lives, the Michell Center strives toward establishing an anti-racist psychoanalytic community.

In establishing this scholarship, we, at the Mitchell Center, openly invite BIPoC-identified candidates to bring their diverse voices to our theory and practice. We anticipate benefitting from the unique understandings of human experience that these students will bring to our program and to the field in general, enabling relational psychoanalysis to play a broader and more useful role in addressing personal and interpersonal experiences of race, racism, Otherness, and the human struggles inflicted by these social constructs.

As part of your application to the Introductory Program, please include a 1-2 page statement, describing why you are interested in this project and what professional and/or personal experiences play a part in this interest. In addition, in keeping with the areas of interest described above, please include the goals you hold for the future of relational psychoanalysis and for your participation in it.

Please send application materials to both program Co-Directors, Lauren Levine, PhD and Anita Herron, PhD.

Tuition payments are due by 5p EST, Friday, September 17, 2021.
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Anthony Bass, PhD; Beatrice Beebe, PhD; Jessica Benjamin, PhD; Margaret Black, LCSW; Amy Schwartz Cooney, PhD; Ken Corbett, PhD; Jody Davies, PhD; Janine de Peyer, LCSW; Lisa Director, PhD; Rossanna Echegoyén, LCSW; Adrienne Harris, PhD; Stephen Hartman, PhD; Anita Herron, PhD; Tom Johnson, PhD; Annie Lee Jones, PhD; Lauren Levine, PhD; Barry Magid, MD; Avgi Saketopoulou, PhD; Jill Salberg, PhD; Sandy Silverman, LCSW; Joyce Slochower, PhD; Michelle Stephens, PhD; Melanie Suchet, PhD; Kirkland Vaughans, PhD.

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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 NYS LCSW/LMSW's: 64

Note: We are currently in the process of applying to be a CE provider for NYS Licensed Psychoanalysts and NYS Licensed Psychologists, however we are not yet approved. For all professions and states other than NYS LCSW's, we are able to provide a certificate of completion.

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A complete list of the Mitchell Center Faculty can be found here: Faculty Information