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series: connections and conversation

Connections and Conversation is a free monthly Zoom meeting, cultivating creativity and freedom of thought and feeling. We invite you to engage with our presenters and community as they share their interests and passions in conversation on current topics in psychoanalysis.

This free event that alternates times. The meeting begins with a 45 minute presentation followed by 45 minutes of conversation. This event is typically NOT recorded. If this changes, it will be announced at the meeting.

This series is open to all.

In case of questions please contact: [email protected]

Integration, Differentiation And The Retreat From Complexity In Psychoanalysis

Saturday, May 31st, 2025 from 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM PT

This program will consider the centrality of complexity in psychoanalysis and the human inclination to retreat from it. The retreat from complexity underpins much of psychoanalysis and beyond. This is evident in Freud’s death instinct, the development of defenses, transference-countertransference, and in relational multiplicity theory, among others. The roles of integration and differentiation will be presented as key concepts in understanding the complexity of the self in the intersubjective field. Examples of the retreat from complexity in the clinical encounter and therapeutic approaches will be highlighted.

Portrait of Alan J. Levy, Ph.D.

Alan J. Levy, Ph.D.

Alan J. Levy, Ph.D. is the President of the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. He is a certified psychoanalyst, having trained at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies in New York. Dr. Levy was on staff in the Departments of Psychiatry of Tufts and Columbia Universities. He has held faculty positions at Columbia, the University of Southern California (USC), Loyola University Chicago, and the University of Chicago. Dr. Levy was elected as a Distinguished Scholar and Fellow of the National Academies of Practice. He was awarded the Distinguished Career Award from Simmons University, received the Educator’s Award from the National Institute for the Psychotherapies and was the winner of the Edith Sabshin Award for outstanding teaching given by the American Psychoanalytic Association. Dr. Levy maintains a private practice in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy in suburban Chicago.

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CE Credit

Connections and Conversation is not eligible for any CE Credits
No one in the planning or presentation of this activity has any relevant financial relationships with a commercial interest to disclose.

Special Accommodations

Please submit any requests for Special Accommodations to the ICP Office prior to registering or at your earliest convenience to ensure that we are able to assist.

presentation vault

Watch recordings and download papers and slides from past Connections and Conversations and Decentralized Learning Experiences.