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DPS Lecture: ‘We do not talk of such things’

Friday, January 24, 2020, 7:00 PM
Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church
1980 Dahlia St
Denver, CO  80220

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The Denver Psychoanalytic Society 2019-2020 Lecture Series

‘We do not talk of such things’ An Analyst Travels Through Japan to Consult on the Inter-generational Transmission of Trauma, featuring Mary Ann Levy, M.D.

Friday, January 24, 2020 at 7:00 PM

Where: Montview Blvd. Presbyterian Church 1980 Dahlia St., Denver, CO


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., Clinical 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. 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.   Dr. Levy received her MD from the University of Manitoba and completed her residencies in Adult and Child Psychiatry at the University of Cincinnati followed by her psychoanalytic training at the Denver Institute for Psychoanalysis.

Attendees will receive 1.75 CME credit. 

This event is free to attend or there is a small fee for CME credit.  In order to receive a CME certificate, the attendee must: pre-register online, pay in full, attend the entire session and complete an evaluation within 14 days after the program.