Mar 25
Saturday, March 25, 2023 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm online:
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Howard Levine, M.D.


Saturday, March 25, 2023

2:00 – 4:00 pm

*2 CME and CE Credit Hours

Zoom Meeting Link:

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About the presenter

Howard B. Levine is a member of APsaA, PINE, the Contemporary Freudian Society, on the faculty of NYU Post-Doc’s Contemporary Freudian Track, on the Editorial Board of the IJP and Psychoanalytic Inquiry, editor-in-chief of the Routledge Wilfred Bion Studies Book Series, and is in private practice in Brookline, Massachusetts. He has taught around the world and authored many articles, book chapters, and reviews on psychoanalytic process and technique, intersubjectivity and the treatment of primitive personality disorders, the consequences and treatment of early trauma, and contemporary thinking on the unconscious.

Practice Gap Need and Course Description:

In popular culture, it is commonly assumed that symptoms, slips of the tongue and dreams have pre-established, unconscious, hidden symbolic meanings attached to unacceptable and forbidden wishes, phantasies and desires and that the work of psychoanalysis consists in revealing these meanings through the analyst’s interpretive activity. However, over the past 50 years, perception of the psychoanalytic process and its interpretation have become more complex and ambiguous, resulting in a deepened appreciation of the limits to our capacity to directly know the psychic experience of ourselves and our patients. In regard to what we might interpret, what we hope that our interpretations will do and our assumptions about the epistemological ground on which we stand, our understanding of the psyche, language, therapeutic action and more has shifted. This presentation addresses the complexity revealed by this shift and some of the implications and changes for our understanding of interpretation and the interpretive process, especially when working with patients and psychic organizations that lay beyond neurosis.

With conceptualizations of the psychoanalytic process being now more complex and ambiguous, it is necessary to reconsider our understandings of the limits to our capacity to directly know the psychic experience of ourselves and our patients and to explore how these impact the process of formulating our interpretations and observing the effects our interpretations have, especially when working with patients and psychic organizations that lay beyond neurosis.

After attending this presentation, participants will be able to:

1. Apply the expanded use of interpretation and other analyst interventions when working with non-neurotic states and patients. 

2. Integrate an expanded analytic understanding of non-neurotic patients and psychic organizations and understanding of the treatment process with them. 

PHYSICIANS: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Psychoanalytic Association and Michigan Psychoanalytic Society. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ (1 credit equals 1 hour). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s)* to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

*Financial relationships are relevant if the educational content an individual can control is related to the business lines or products of the ineligible company.

Updated July 2021

PSYCHOLOGISTS:  The Michigan Psychoanalytic Society is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  The Michigan Psychoanalytic Society maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

SOCIAL WORKERS: The Michigan Psychoanalytic Society is an approved provider with the Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative.

The views of the speakers do not necessarily represent the views of the Michigan Psychoanalytic Society.

*$25 per credit hour for non-MPS members

Please call Monica Evans at 248-851-3380 for additional information

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