Welcome to NYU's Postdoctoral Program! The Relational Orientation faculty hopes that you find a personal and theoretical home here, one in which your own professional development can deepen and flourish.
The Relational Orientation has moved away from an emphasis on the role of endogenous drives and "one person" psychologies toward a study of the continuous interface of intrapsychic and Relational influences in and outside the clinical situation. We come to the Relational position from a range of theoretical orientations including Freudian, Object Relations, Self Psychology and Interpersonal theories, and you will see evidence of these earlier traditions in the courses you take with us. Relational ideas have many roots from other disciplines that include [but are not limited to] social constructivist and feminist theories, theories of intersubjectivity, infancy and attachment research.
Relational psychoanalysis focuses attention on processes of mutual influence in development and treatment. We assume that relationships, including the analytic one, are shaped by both individuals in a process that is neither one sided nor linear. In this and other ways Relational theorizing profoundly alters the analyst's thinking about clinical work. We invite you to join us in studying older as well as contemporary contributions to this orientation.
We offer courses that study the roots of Relational thinking in earlier traditions – Freud, Klein, Bion, Fairbairn, Ferenczi, Kohut and Winnicott - as well as contemporary theorizing. While some of our courses are primarily theoretical in emphasis and others mainly clinical, all of our courses address developments and controversies in clinical technique.
In addition to coursework, the Relational Orientation offers many opportunities for candidates to become involved during their training at Postdoc. Friday night Colloquia, workshops and Sunday brunches in which you will get to hear faculty and graduates present their work are ongoing events provided at no cost to the candidates. Also, candidates are encouraged to join the Relational Orientation via active participation in all aspects of programming, including the executive committee, faculty selection committee, colloquium committee, as well as program wide committees such as the yearly weekend retreat planning committee, admissions committee and outreach committee.
On behalf of the Relational Orientation faculty, we enthusiastically welcome you to Postdoc!