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“We do not talk of such things” An Analyst Travels Through Japan to Consult on the Inter-generational Transmission of Trauma with Mary Ann Levy, MD (Lecture)

  • January 24, 2020
  • 7:00 PM - 8:45 PM
  • Montview Blvd Presbyterian Church, 1980 Dahlia Street, Denver, CO 80220
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During a recent trip to Japan, Dr. Levy was surprised by the extent of difficulty for clinicians to deal with past, extensive traumas when there were so many recent ones, such as the Fukushima nuclear disaster, demanding attention. Using Selma Fraiberg’s seminal paper "Ghosts in the Nursery" as a way of organizing our thinking, Dr. Levy will share two examples of individuals, a 50 year old and a 7 year old, who exemplify how this transmission can be experienced even with language barriers and a culture which has a strong dynamic of shame over the expression of weakness. Psychoanalytic understanding of her own empathy and countertransference facilitated her openness and ability to help a population with hidden traumas.


  1. Participants will expand their understanding of enactments and learn how to address situations outside of the clinical setting
  2. Utilize their knowledge of the intergenerational transmission of trauma to help others.


Mary Ann Chudy Levy, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine is now retired from her clinical practice of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy of child, adolescent, and adult patients, but remains active in professional and educational activities. She is a training and supervising analyst with the Denver Institute for Psychoanalysis and was the first woman to graduate from their program. She has enjoyed her many years as a teacher and supervisor of psychoanalytic candidates as well as psychiatric residents and other clinical specialists. As a past president of the Denver Psychoanalytic Society, she helped facilitate its response to the Columbine shooting disaster where the society members became involved in many aspects of out-reach and clinical support for survivors of that terrible community disaster. She has always been surprised by how much early childhood traumas have contributed to her work with patients and how little acknowledgement of this has been stressed in psychoanalytic training until recently. Scholarly interests have included femininity in psychoanalytic work, and countertransference as well as the treatment and long term effects of traumatic stress. Dr. Levy was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada and received her MD in 1964 from the University of Manitoba.  She subsequently completed her psychiatric residencies in Adult and Child Psychiatry at the University of Cincinnati, followed by her Psychoanalytic training at the Denver Institute for Psychoanalysis.


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Location: McCollum Room within Montview Blvd. Presbyterian Church

CME Certificates:  In order to receive a CME certificate, the attendee must: pre-register, pay in full, attend the entire session, and complete an evaluation within 14 days after the program.  CME certificates will be sent by email within a month following the event after attendees are cross referenced by registration, payment, sign-in, and completion of the evaluation. 

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This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation require-ments and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Psychoanalytic Association and The Denver 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 1.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. 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 of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

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