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Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute & Society

2009 Visiting Professor - Robert Galatzer-Levy, M.D.

Robert Galatzer-Levy, M.D. will be the 23nd Annual Visiting Professor of Psychoanalysis during the week of March 30 to April 4, 2009. The Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute has a long tradition of inviting nationally and internationally prominent teachers and clinicians to share their thinking and experience with our Michigan mental health community.

The Visiting Professor of Psychoanalysis Program is an annual opportunity for a distinguished analyst to meet with Institute and Society members, educational programs in psychiatry, psychology and social work, and mental health agencies in the community. This intensive, week-long program is the only one of its kind in American psychoanalysis, and exemplifies the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute's widely recognized innovative outreach activities.

Dr. Robert Galatzer-Levy has published and spoken widely on a broad number of topics in psychoanalysis, forensic psychiatry, developmental psychology, divorce and child custody, marriage, trauma, adolescence and--perhaps most challenging and intriguing-- the application of non-linear dynamics and chaos theory to psychoanalytic theory and practice. An engaging speaker with a vast knowledge of his topics and subtle wit, he communicates his thoughts about complex ideas with directness and respect for his audience. His early training as a mathematician underpins the clarity of thought and explanation that is the hallmark of his work.

Dr. Galatzer-Levy is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Chicago Institute of Psychoanalysis where he is also a Child and Adolescent Supervising Analyst. He maintains a private practice in child, adolescent and adult psychiatry and psychoanalysis as well as forensic psychiatry in Chicago. In addition to his teaching and administrative duties at the Chicago Institute, he currently serves as Secretary of the American Psychoanalytic Association. He is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Applied Psychoanalysis, Neuropsychoanalysis and Progress in Self Psychology.

While in southeast Michigan during the week of Monday, March 30 through Saturday, April 4, Dr. Galatzer-Levy will be giving ten papers, concluding on April 4th at the Michigan Psychoanalytic Center in Farmington Hills with a paper entitled, "The Non-linear Psychoanalyst: How Chaos and Complexity Theory Can Inform Psychoanalytic Technique." Other topics he will be discussing throughout the week include "Understanding Greed," "A Framework for Integrating Brain Science, Developmental Psychology, Social Psychology and Psychoanalysis: Complexity Theory and Non-linear Dynamics," "Psychiatric Hospitalization in Adolescence and Young Adulthood: Impact on Personal Identity" and "Drugs Are Not Enough: Psychotherapeutic and Psychoanalytic Work with Bipolar I Patients," among other topics. He will also be commenting on case material presented by trainees and candidates at various training centers throughout southeast Michigan.

Many of these presentations will be open to the public and will be announced on our website at www.mpi-mps.org in early March.

We appreciate the continuing collaboration with our colleagues in area training programs and clinics to make this educational opportunity available. This year, Dr. Galatzer-Levy's visit will be co-sponsored by the University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry, the University of Michigan Psychological Clinic, Eastern Michigan University Clinical Psychology Program, Wayne State University Department of Psychiatry, Henry Ford Hospital Psychiatry Department, University of Detroit-Mercy Psychology Department, Michigan State University Psychiatry Department, the Clinical Psychology Program, Madonna University, and Michigan School for Professional Psychology, as well as the Michigan Psychoanalytic Society, the Michigan Psychoanalytic Council, and the Candidates' Organization of the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute. We are looking forward to a stimulating and informative week as we welcome Dr. Galatzer-Levy to Michigan.