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“Psychoanalysis and the Central Nervous System: The Rules of the Game” presented by Ronald Levin, MD

May 18, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


SPSI Scientific Session

Presented by Ronald Levin, MD

Engagement with another’s internal world is a complex affair, which can be mutually enriching if one pays attention to “altered states of mind” and to “scale confusion.” Altered states facilitate access to primitive experience. Scale confusion results from our tendency to apply laws and understandings appropriate to one scale to phenomena that are organized on another scale where those laws and understandings do not apply. Using clinical vignettes, Dr. Levin will describe the practical application of these concepts to deepen the treatment relationship and facilitate structural change.

You can read a redacted version of the paper — omitting clinical material that will be included in the presentation — by clicking here.

Ronald Levin, MD is a member of The Seattle Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. He is interested in clinical process as informed by the functional anatomy of the mind, and in the interface between primitive mental processing and the formation of one’s internal world. Dr. Levin is in private practice in Seattle.

Discussant: Jim Basinski, MD

You can read the Discussant’s paper by clicking here.

Jim Basinski, MD is an advanced clinical associate at the Seattle Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. He is an Assistant Professor at the University of Washington and works in the Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit at Harborview Medical Center as well as the Health Care for the Homeless Program at the Third Avenue Clinic. He also has a private practice in Seattle.

Learning Objectives

After attending this presentation, participants should:

  1. be able to appreciate the clinical consequences of “scale confusion”.
  2. be able to utilize “altered states of mind” to access crucial developmental events in a patient’s life.
  3. have a more complex understanding of evolution’s impact on the mind’s functional anatomy.
1.5 hours Category II CME. This presentation meets the requirements of WAC 246-924-240 (Definition of Category of Creditable CPE). “This program has been approved for 1.5 CEUs by the NASW Washington State Chapter.” Licensed Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Mental Health Counselors are eligible. Provider number is #1975-144.

If you have a psychoanalytic idea that you would like to present, contact Stan Case or Ron Levin. Presenting offers the benefit of having your idea discussed and further developed.

SPSI Scientific Sessions are free to attendees. Please RSVP so that the organizers have a sense of the expected size of the audience.


May 18, 2021
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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