Relational Theory in Clinical Practice



Lisa Lyons, Ph.D., Director

Please note: Our class for 2020-2021 has been filled. We are not accepting additional applications. Please check out our Seminar Series for additional educational opportunities.

We are pleased to offer this new program, which will cover foundational aspects of Relational theory and include related case presentations and clinical discussion. We expect to have 5 units. Each unit will include two classes - one focused on some aspect of theory and one focused on clinical applications. Each unit will be led by a different Mitchell Center faculty member who is particularly expert in the topic at hand, so enrollees will have the opportunity to be exposed to a range of ideas and clinical styles. Dr. Lyons will meet with the class for the initial two sessions, and periodically thereafter to facilitate discussion and integration of the material.

Classes will meet on Wednesday evenings, from 7:00-9pm Eastern Standard Time, for 15 weeks (with the possibility of an additional Spring semester) from October 14, 2020 through February 20, 2021. We will not meet on November 25 or December 30. Since we expect this to be an international group, we may adjust the schedule to accomodate international holidays. Enrolment will be capped at 15.

This program is appropriate for Mental Health professionals and advanced trainees who have at least some familiarity with psychodynamic and psychoanalytic theory and practice. Tuition is $1125.

For more information, please contact Lisa Lyons, PhD, at


For all paired classes, the first class will emphasize theory, the second will explore clinical applications of the theory.

10/14 & 10/21, 2020:
Overview of the Program and Key Concepts
Introduction to Relational Psychoanalysis: Beginnings and Early Papers
Lisa Lyons, PhD

10/28 & 11/4, 2020:
Overview of the development of Relational model
Jody Davies, PhD

11/11 & 11/18, 2020:
The Relational Unconscious
Noelle Burton, PhD


12/2 & 12/9, 2020:
Ferenczi and Mutuality
Tony Bass, PhD

12/16, 2020:
Integration of Material
Lisa Lyons, PhD

12/23, 2020:
Zina Steinberg, PhD

December 30: NO CLASS

1/6 & 1/13, 2021:
Jessica Benjamin, PhD

1/20 & 1/27, 2021:
Trauma, Hate, Destruction
Sue Grand, PhD

2/3, 2021:
Lisa Lyons, PhD

Relational Theory in Clinical Practice
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A complete list of the Mitchell Center Faculty can be found here: Faculty Information