The International Masterson Institute

  • For the Study and Treatment of the Disorders of the Self

Dr Judith Pearson

Director / International Masterson Institute

The Masterson Institute evolved from the work of its founder James F. Masterson, M.D. and from the contributions of the Institute faculty, which aimed to promote a developmental, self and object relations approach to the psychotherapy of the personality disorders (disorders of the self), to teach that approach to other mental health professionals, and to foster further research in the field. Over the years, the Institute’s teachings have expanded to include intensive study of all psychodynamic models beginning with the work of Freud, and continuing up to contemporary psychoanalytic models.

We invite all prospective students and professionals interested in learning more about this approach to get involved in the study program offered by the International Masterson Institute.

Three Year Study Program

The three-year postgraduate Certificate Program aims to promote a thorough understanding of Masterson’s integrated developmental, self and object relations approach and its applications to normal human development, psychopathology, and the basic precepts of psychoanalytically-oriented psychotherapy, with a special focus on the requisite knowledge and skill required to treat personality disorders (also classified as disorders of the self). Significant findings from neurobiology and attachment theory have been integrated into the theoretical framework of the Masterson Approach.


Study Program Enrollment