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. The program consists of 12 units, each of which 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. In addition, Dr. Lyons will meet with the class throughout the year to facilitate discussion and integration of the material.

Classes meet on Wednesday evenings, from 7- 9pm Eastern Standard Time, from October through May. Enrolment is 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


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:
Integration of material
Lisa Lyons, PhD

2/24 & 3/3, 2021:
Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma
Jill Salberg

3/10 & 3/17:
Joyce Slochower

3/24 & 3/31:
Relational/Integrative perspective on working with multi-problem and self-injuring individuals
Lisa Lyons

4/7 & 4/14:
Tony Bass

4/21 & 4/28:
Working in community settings
Rossanna Echegoyan

Lisa Lyons

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

For more information, please email
A complete list of the Mitchell Center Faculty can be found here: Faculty Information