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Seminar: Polyphonic Complexity in Psychoanalytic Treatment (Alan Levy, PhD)

  • 10 Feb 2024
  • (CST)
  • 11 Feb 2024
  • (CST)
  • 3 sessions
  • 10 Feb 2024, 9:00 AM 1:00 PM (CST)
  • 10 Feb 2024, 2:30 PM 4:30 PM (CST)
  • 11 Feb 2024, 9:00 AM 1:00 PM (CST)
  • Kinzie Hotel, 20 West Kinzie St., Chicago, IL (and via Zoom)


  • Registration for audit (active candidates only):
    You are not committed to seminars which you plan to audit. You may audit a seminar-- for no credit and for a reduced fee of $200 per course -- if you are a current candidate and have not yet completed the required seminar component of the training, provided that you are registered for the minimum required number of seminars(three)and case conference per academic year. You may register to audit a course at any time during the academic year. If you decide to audit a seminar, please contact Toula Kourliouros-Kalven at tkalven@ccpsa.org.
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  • Registration for half-fee:
    If you have already completed the required 30 elective seminars and the clinical case conference requirement, and wish to take additional elective seminars and/or case conferences, you may do so at a reduced fee: one-half the tuition of a full credit seminar. You do not need to register in advance, but if you can, please do so. To register during the academic year, please contact Toula Kourliouros Kalven (tkalven@ccpsa.org).

    CCP Graduates and board members may also take elective seminars for 1/2 the full fee.


Alan Levy, PhD

February 9-11, 2024

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 Northfield, Illinois.

Seminar Title: Polyphonic Complexity in Psychoanalytic Treatment

Seminar Description : This course will trace and outline the development of psychoanalytic multiplicity theory and the centrality of complexity for emotional well-being and vitality. Multiplicity as a concept is an essential element in modern relational and intersubjective psychoanalytic theories. A cornerstone of most current relational and intersubjective approaches, the notion of multiplicity encompasses a dissociative model of the mind that is comprised of multiple self-states that are more or less in tension with each other.

The course will explore the centrality of enhancing complexity in psychoanalytic treatment, by fostering the communication among layered and variegated multiple self-states. The instructor’s notion of the development of polyphonic complexity, i.e., simultaneously focusing interventions on divergent self-states as a means of therapeutic communication will be discussed in depth. Candidates will be encouraged to bring case examples to class so that we may identify and apply multiplicity and develop polyphonic means of communicating with our patients.


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Bucci, W. (1994) The Multiple Code Theory and the Psychoanalytic Process: A Framework for Research. Annual of Psychoanalysis 22:239-259.

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