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Fridays @ CCP: Alan Levy, PhD - Psychodynamics, Integration, and Multiplicity: Object Constancy Reconsidered

  • 17 Jan 2020
  • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • The Chicago School, 325 N. Wells, Chicago


  • If you are a current CCP member, events are free of charge.
  • Non-CCP members who are also not students
  • Non-CCP members who are students.

Registration is closed

We regret the cancellation of Montana Katz’s presentation: The implications of
psychoanalytic field theory on models of the mind.

Dr. Alan Levy has graciously agreed to present 

Fridays@CCP January 17, 2020

Alan Levy, PhD

(Chicago, Il)

Psychodynamics, Integration, and Multiplicity:  Object Constancy Reconsidered

The Chicago School
325 N. Wells, 4th floor, Chicago

6-7pm: Registration and refreshments
7-9pm: Presentation and discussion


Alan Levy, PhD, is a psychoanalyst who serves as Vice President and faculty at the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy.  He is a Lecturer at the University of Chicago where he teaches courses on psychodynamic theory and practice.  Dr. Levy maintains a private practice in Northfield, Illinois on Chicago’s North Shore. About the presentation: This presentation will critically consider object constancy, a core psychoanalytic concept, in light of modern relational analytic thought.  The presenter will introduce participants to the classical view of object constancy and illustrate its role in psychoanalytic treatment.  Relational psychoanalytic concepts of multiplicity of the personality will then be discussed.  The presenter will posit that rather than entailing integration of good and bad part objects, object constancy is better conceptualized as the capacity to hold the tension between and among good and bad part-objects.  This understanding allows for the elaboration of multiple, variegated self-states, and more flexible, dynamic movement among them.  Holding tension between self-states entails maintaining emotional and cognitive regulation, engenders complexity of experience, perception of nuance, and creates potential for a more vibrant, authentic way of living.  Illustrative case examples will be presented . Learning objectives:

  1. Define and apply the classical conception of object constancy to their clinical work.
  2. Recognize and use relational concepts of multiplicity of self-states in their clinical work.
  3. Utilize the notions of holding tension among multiple self/other states in order to achieve complexity in their clinical work.

This Intermediate presentation will be of interest to graduate students and mental health professionals.


CCP members: free with annual $150 membership, payable at registration.Students and Fellows: free with annual $125 membership, payable at registration.Non-CCP members, single admission: $50Student non-members, single admission: $15

Fees include refreshments and the presentation.

Continuing EducationThis program is sponsored for Continuing Education Credits by the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis. There is no commercial support for this program, nor are there any relationships between the continuing education sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants or other funding that could be construed as conflicts of interest. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If the program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. The Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis maintains responsibility for this program and its content. CCP is licensed by the state of Illinois to sponsor continuing education credits for Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Counselors and Licensed Clinical Psychologists (license no. 159.000941 and 268.000020 and 168.000238 Illinois Dept. of Financial and Professional Regulation).

Professionals holding the aforementioned credentials will receive 2.0 continuing education credits for attending the entire program. To receive these credits a completed evaluation form must be turned in at the end of the presentation. No continuing education credit will be given for attending part of the presentation. Refunds for CE credit after the program begins will not be honored. If a participant has special needs or concerns about the program, s/he should contact Toula Kourliouros Kalven by January 16, 2020 at tkalven@ccpsa.org

References/Suggested ReadingBenjamin, J. (2010).  Where’s the gap and what’s the difference? The relational view of intersubjectivity, multiple selves and enactments.  Contemporary Psychoanalysis: 46(1):112-119.Blass, RB (2015).  Conceptualizing splitting: on the different meanings of splitting and their implications for the understanding of the person and the analytic process.  International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 96(1): 123-139.Bromberg, P.M. (1996).  Standing in the spaces: The multiplicity of self and the analytic relationship.  Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 32:509-535.Davies, J.M. (1996).  Linking the ‘pre-analytic” with the postclassical: Interaction, dissociation, and the multiplicity of unconscious processes.  Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 32:553-576.Flax, J. (1996).  Taking multiplicity seriously: some implications for psychoanalytic theorizing and practice.  Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 32:577-593.Goldin, D. (2015).  The storied self: the search for coherence amidst constant change.  Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 25(6):662-679. Hartmann, H. (1952). The mutual influences in the development of Ego and Id.  Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 7:9-30.Mahler, M.S. (1974).  Symbiosis and individuation--the psychological birth of the human infant.  Psychoanalytic Study of the child, 29:89-106. Meares, R.A. (2012).  A dissociation model of borderline personality disorder.  New York: W.W. Norton.Newirth, J. (2018).  From sign to symbol: transformational processes in psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, and psychology. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. Segal, H. (1978).  On Symbolism.  International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 59:315-319.

Presented byThe Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis/CCP Program Committee: Carol Ganzer, PhD, Toula Kourliouros Kalven,  Adina Bayuk Keesom, PsyD


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