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Psychoanalytic Treatment of Addiction: A Neurobiological Approach taught by Michael Levin, MD (CE)

  • September 23, 2023
  • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Virtual using Zoom


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:

Registration is closed for this event.


Description:  This class is for mental health professionals with an interest in addiction. With improvement in fMRI resolution, we have exciting new information about a primitive brain structure called The Aversion Network or the Anti-Reward network. Dysregulation of this network has been correlated with addiction, chronic pain, complicated grief, PTSD, and depression. The implications regarding two topics dear to my heart, psychoanalysis and addiction, are remarkable. This half-day seminar will discuss current research on the operations of this network, especially with respect to addiction, complex PTSD, and psychoanalysis and offer some suggestions for psychoanalytic interventions based on these findings.

The talk will be divided into four parts. Part I will discuss the neurobiology of the Anti-Reward network and how this relates to psychiatric disorders, especially addiction. Part II surveys a few psychoanalytic concepts considering this model of brain dysregulation. Part III will look at treatment of addiction, taking these new findings into account. This section is subtitled, “Where psychoanalysis, addiction treatment, psychedelic-assisted therapy, and Buddhism meet.” And Part IV examines what psychoanalysis has to offer to people suffering from addiction.

I am looking forward to the kind of lively discussions generated in previous talks with the Denver Psychoanalytic Society, not only with regard to the nature of addiction and psychoanalysis, but to the implications on what it is like to be human and whether we might have more choice about what kind of society we make.

CME Objectives:

    1. Apply psychoanalytic techniques to treatment of addiction.
    2. Demonstrate a working knowledge of the Aversion Network as it applies to addiction, PTSD, chronic pain, complicated grief, and depression.

    Instructor Biography: Michael Levin, MD brings to this talk his 27 years of experience dealing with patients suffering from addiction, 7 years of psychoanalytic training, 5 years practice as an internist, 4 years working in R&D as an engineer, 2 years of experience in basic neuroscience research, and over 50 years of meditation practice.


    Date & Time: This class will take place on Saturday, September 23, 2023 from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM (MT). There will be a short break midway through the event.

    Cost:  $100 for Society Members and $120 for non-Society members. Your spot for the class is not guaranteed until the registration fee is paid in full.

    Location: This class will be held virtually over Zoom. The Zoom link will be emailed 24 hours before the event. Please note that many of our emails get filtered through secondary inboxes, so please do a search within your inbox for key words such as: Denver Psychoanalytic Society, DPS, Zoom link, and/or the name of the speaker or title of the event to find the email with the link.

    You may also add to your safe sender list and regularly check your 'promotions', 'junk' and 'updates' email folders. Once payment is made for this event, you will receive a confirmation email.

    Registration: Registration is required. The deadline to register is  September 20, 2023. 

    Confidentiality: During this class, we will follow rules of confidentiality for clinical case material including disguising identifying information. Please do not discuss any case material outside of the class. No recording of case material is allowed.

    CME Certificates:  In order to receive a CME certificate, the attendee must: pre-register, pay in full, attend, and complete an evaluation within 7 days after the program. An email with a link to the online evaluation will be sent after the class. For virtual events, CME credit will be equal to the actual time participated. Certificates will be sent by email within a month following the event to allow time to complete the evaluation.

    Cancellation & Certificate Replacement Policy: There will be no refunds of fees for cancellations within 3 days of the class; any refunds prior to 9/20/23 will be less a $10 administration fee. Please retain your CME certificate for your records. There will be a $3 charge if the Society office must resend a certificate.


    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 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 3.75 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 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)

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