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Helping Adult Clients Grow Up: Blend Object Relations Perspectives into Your Therapies for "Stuck" Clients
Digital Seminar
$189.99 USD
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Digital Seminar
Vyne Education
CE Available:
Yes, See CE credit tab for complete continuing education details
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  • Discover how an object relations perspective can enhance all clinical work and reach struggling clients
  • Determine what it should and should NOT mean to "deal with your past"
  • Understand how character develops and the results of stunted developmental and psychological growth
  • Become a catalyst for change—help your clients grow where growth is needed
  • Learn how to combine object relations concepts with other therapeutic approaches
  • Discuss how growth takes place through stages and through internalizing relationships
  • Examine the aspects of character/personality needed to be a healthy, normal person
  • Measure the long-term results of character/personality underdevelopment
  • Assess what developed normally and what didn't in your clients
  • Use the therapeutic relationship as a catalyst for change
  • Help clients grow by connecting themselves to healthy others
  • Utilize treatment interventions specifically targeted to the lack of growth in each developmental stage


  • Overview of Object Relations Concepts (15 minutes)
  • Character/Personality Development (75 minutes)
    • Developmental Stages
      • The Four Stages
        • Stage #1: Attachment
        • Stage #2: Separation
        • Stage #3: Integration
        • Stage #4: Power
      • results of proper development
      • healthy self
      • healthy relationships
      • healthy coping


  • Internalized relationships
  • how growth is facilitated
  • how growth becomes stunted
  • how growth is resumed


  • Aspects of Character/Personality (90 minutes)
    • Attachment aspects
      • knowing and displaying the true self
      • trusting others
      • drawing upon the soothing of others
    • Separation aspects
      • sense of separate self
      • setting and respecting limits
      • using emotions as signals for protection
    • Integration aspects
      • dealing with own imperfections
      • dealing with others’ imperfections
      • tolerating conflicting emotions
    • Power aspects
      • understanding capabilities and responsibilities
      • relating to other adults as equals
      • using adult power to succeed at life              


  • The Process of Change (30 minutes)
  • locating and strengthening underdeveloped parts
  • using the therapeutic relationship as a context for growth
  • using other healthy relationships to promote growth
  • balancing emotional support and reality feedback
  • blending object relations concepts with other therapeutic approaches


  • Specific Interventions (150 minutes)
    • Attachment interventions
    • Separation interventions
    • Integration interventions
    • Power interventions


ALAN GODWIN, PsyD, is a licensed psychologist in private practice with nearly 25 years of experience. Certified in Alternative Dispute Resolution, he has dedicated himself to helping individuals, couples, churches, and businesses develop better ways of handling conflict. In addition to his private practice, Dr. Godwin serves on the adjunct faculty of the Graduate Counseling Department of Trevecca University in Nashville, Tennessee, where he teaches a class for doctoral students entitled "Psychodynamic Psychotherapies." He has also taught undergraduates and has guest lectured in the Marriage and Family department. Additionally, he has penned a regular quarterly feature entitled "Ask Dr. Alan" for Deacon magazine, has served as a People and Relationships expert on, and has been a guest on numerous radio and television programs across the U.S. and Canada.

Continuing Education Credits
Continuing Education Information
This educational offering is designed to qualify for continuing education for many professionals in every state.

Materials that are included in this course could include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice for your profession. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

Listed below are the continuing education credit(s) currently available for this educational offering. Please note, your state licensing board dictates what is an acceptable form of continuing education. Please refer to your state rules and regulations. If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, please contact or 800-397-0180.

CE information is based on 100% attendance.

  • Psychologists
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Counselors
  • Psychiatrists
  • Social Workers
  • Substance Abuse Counselors
  • Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners
  • Mental Health Nurses
  • College Counselors
  • Pastoral Counselors and Clergy
  • Case Managers

"Dr. Godwin was warm and engaging. He kept the material fresh with a good mix of humor and examples/stories. Very helpful and insightful material; presented in a fresh, understandable and easily usable way. Thank you for a great workshop."

"Excellent, informative and refreshing seminar! Dr. Godwin's presentation and speaking style were easy to listen to and understand. The illustrations and metaphors he used were great and very useful. Outstanding."