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Object Relations Therapy

by Jill Savege Scharff
Watch renowned psychoanalyst Jill Savege Scharff masterfully demonstrate Object Relations Psychotherapy in an actual therapy session in this 3-part video.

Part of the 15-video series: Psychotherapy with the Experts

Object Relations Therapy
Watch renowned psychoanalyst Jill Savege Scharff masterfully demonstrate Object Relations Psychotherapy in an actual therapy session in this 3-part video.

An object relations approach eschews the blank slate and instead makes the relationship between therapist and client primary. As Scharff explains, the psychotherapist creates a holding environment for unconscious material to emerge and childhood wounds to be worked through—a process that’s mystifying and out of reach to many of us. In this video, Scharff brilliantly demonstrates this process: she remains neutral yet connected, follows her client’s lead, looks for the subtle affect and patterns of speech that signal underlying conflict, and ultimately encourages her client’s deeper issues of guilt towards his mother to surface and be addressed. Hosts Jon Carlson and Diane Kjos introduce Dr. Scharff and facilitate an enlightening discussion of the approach.

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From watching this video, you will:

• Develop an understanding of the key concepts of Object Relations Psychotherapy including the components of creating a holding environment.
• Gain insight into Jill Scharff’s psychotherapy style and how she remains neutral and connected as she pays close attention to her client’s subtle actions and reactions.
• Learn how to apply an Object Relations approach to your own therapeutic work with clients.

Length of video: 2:19:00
Number of Discs: 1
English subtitles available on: Stream, DVD
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Individual ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-128-3
Individual ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-128-3
Group ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-129-1
Group ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-129-0
Jill Savege Scharff

Jill Savege Scharff, MD is Co-director of the International Psychotherapy Institute and Chair of the International Institute for Psychoanalytic Training. She is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical School and Teaching Analyst at the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute. Her private practice in Chevy Chase, Maryland is concentrated on psychoanalysis with children and adults, and on couple and family therapy.

Dr. Scharff edited Foundations of Object Relations Family Therapy, (1989) and The Autonomous Self: The Work of John D. Sutherland (1994). She wrote Projective and Introjective Identification: The Therapists Use of Self (1992). With David E. Scharff, M.D. she co-authored Object Relations Family Therapy (1987), Object Relations Couple Therapy (1991), Scharff Notes: A Primer of Object Relations Therapy (1992 and 2nd edition 2005), Object Relations Therapy of Physical and Sexual Trauma (1994), Object Relations Individual Therapy (1998), Tuning the Therapeutic Instrument: The Affective Learning of Psychotherapy (2000), and co-editor of Self Hatred in Psychoanalysis: Detoxifying the Persecutory Object (2003) and The Legacy of Fairbairn and Sutherland (2005). She is series co-editor of the Library of Object Relations at Jason Aronson, Inc.

Dr. Scharff has been the invited guest speaker at scientific meetings, symposia and workshops on psychoanalysis, marital and family therapy throughout the United States and Europe. She is also interested in social dance and theatre. She founded the Cosmos Club Theatre in Washington D.C. where members' plays are performed in readers theatre and put into workshop.

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CE credits: 2
Learning objectives:

  • Identify key concepts of Object Relations Psychotherapy including the components of creating a holding environment.
  • Describe Jill Scharff's psychotherapy style and how she remains neutral and connected as she pays close attention to her client's subtle actions and reactions.
  • Apply an Object Relations approach to your own therapeutic work with clients.