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Core Competencies in Relational Psychoanalysis

Core Competencies in Relational Psychoanalysis

 January 28, 2022 / 1:00 PM-4:15 PM / 3 CEs Available

Richmont Graduate University – Live Webinar


Presented by

Roy Barsness, Ph.D.

Dr. Roy Barsness, is a Clinical Psychologist, Founder and Executive Director of Relationally-Focused Psychodynamic Therapy (RFPT) and Professor of Psychology at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology. Dr. Barsness is a dynamic and passionate teacher/clinician and will be presenting on his recent book, Core Competencies of Relational Psychoanalysis (Routledge, 2018) a clear and concise handbook of relationally-oriented psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Using his extensive research, his own writings and writings of luminaries within the relational movement, Dr. Barsness will focus on the seven core competencies that evolved from his own research: therapeutic outcome; therapeutic stance; deep listening/affective attunement; relational dynamics; patterning and linking; conflict; and courageous speech/disciplined spontaneity.

Course Description:

The workshop offers participants the opportunity to reflect upon each of these disciplines/competencies with a primary focus on radical openness and courageous speech/disciplined spontaneity. The workshop will deepen participants understanding of relationally-oriented theory and clinical technique and will be useful in assessing one’s own practices from a relational psychoanalytic stance. The workshop does not assume any familiarity with relational psychoanalysis and is open to practitioners of all types (therapists, analysts, consultants, supervisors, masters level students). The workshop is intended to broaden participants’ professional skills and understanding within the greater evolving research that understands that change and transformation within psychotherapy, is dependent upon the quality of the relationship between therapist and patient.

Learning Objectives: As a result of attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

1. Apply qualitative research skills within their own studies and practices that can assist in highlighting and enhancing non-behavioral, existential, relational modalities.

2. Identify practical and common disciplines inherent in the relationally-focused paradigms that are useful in conducting a coherent and purposeful treatment.

3. Apply relationally-oriented practices with as clear a frame and purpose as evidenced-based models.

4. Identify relevant ethical considerations when working within a relationally-focused model.

Schedule of the Day:

1:00-2:00 Quick Word about the Research
2:00-2:30 Reflecting
2:30-2:45  Break
2:45-3:30 Reflecting (cont.)
3:30-4:15 Engaging 


Target audience: Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, Psychologists, Social Workers, Graduate Students

Instruction Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Continuing Education: 3 CEs Available. 



Aron, L. (1996). Meeting of the Minds. New York, NY: Analytic Press.

Barsness, R. E. (2018). Core Competencies in Relational Psychoanalysis: A Guide to Practice, Study, and Research. London: Routledge.

Barsness, R.E. (2021). Therapeutic Practices in Relational Psychoanalysis: A Qualitative Study. Psychoanalytic Psychology, 38, 1, 22-30

Barsness, R. E. & Strawn, B. (2014). Playing our Cards face up: The positive power of arousal and disclosure in the therapeutic setting. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 33, 227-239.

Charmaz, K. (2006). Constructing grounded theory. Washington, D.C.: Sage.

Maroda, K. J. 1998). Enactment: When the patient’s and analyst’s pasts converge. Psychoanalytic Psychology, 15, 517-535


For questions, please contact Martha Busby at
Refunds: In order to receive a full refund, requests must be made prior to January 21, 2021.

There is no known commercial support for this workshop.

Richmont Graduate University has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 4534. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. RGU is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.  

Richmont Graduate University is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Richmont Graduate University maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


Core Competencies in Relational Psychoanalysis