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Fridays @CCP: Enchanted by an illusion: Exciting Objects, Their Vicissitudes, and Treatment (Alan Levy, PhD)

  • 9 Feb 2024
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CST)
  • Zoom
  • 285


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Fridays @CCP

Alan Levy, PhD

(Chicago, IL)

Friday, February 9, 2024

Enchanted by an illusion: Exciting Objects, Their Vicissitudes, and Treatment

7-9pm: (CST): ZOOM Presentation & Discussion

About the presentation: The attraction to exciting objects is a common clinical phenomenon, but there is little written about their sources and treatment approaches. This presentation will outline the nature, destructive consequences, and persistence of exciting objects. Clinical dilemmas with particular attention to transferential/countertransferential organizations and engaging the multiple self-states in which they inhabit will be examined. Case material will be presented to highlight these dynamics and clinical work with these patients.

Alan J. Levy, Ph.D. is the immediate Past-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.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this program participants will:

  1. Identify the features of the Exciting Object and the role of the Libidinal Ego to which it is tied.
  2. Recognize the manifestations of Exciting Objects in the clinical encounter.
  3. Develop approaches to engage patients in clinical work with patients who are in the thrall of Exciting Objects.


CCP members: free with annual $195 membership, payable at registration.

Students:free with annual $175 membership, payable at registration.

Fellows: free with annual $175 membership, payable at registration.

Non-CCP members, single admission: $50

Continuing Education

This 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 and licensed psychologists must first complete a brief exam on the subject matter. 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/they should contact Toula Kourliouros Kalven by February 8, 2024 at: tkalven@ccpsa.org

References/Suggested Readings

Armstrong-Perlman, E.M. (1991). The allure of the bad object. Free Associations, 2:343-356.

Celani, DP (2016). Fairbairn’s theory of change. Psychoanalytic Review, 103:341-370.

Ogden, TH (2011). Why read Fairbairn? International Journal of Psychoanalysis. 91:101-111.

Scharff, D.E. (2005). The development of Fairbairn’s theory. In: The legacy of Fairbairn and Sutherland: Psychotherapeutic applications, Jill Savege Scharff and David E. Scharff (Eds.). New York: Routledge.

Presented by

The Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis/CCP Program Committee: Toula Kourliouros Kalven, Alan Levy, PhD, Zak Mucha, LCSW

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