Alan Levy

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  • 41000 Psychodynamic Practice Methods I

Job Experience

  • Private Practice: Northfield, Illinois
  • Faculty and Vice President: Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis
  • Associate Professor: Loyola University School of Social Work and the Graduate School of Arts and Science
  • Assistant Professor: The University of Southern California School of Social Work
  • Lecturer: Columbia University School of Social Work

Fields of Special Interest

  • Relational Psychodynamic Practice
  • Dissociation and Trauma
  • Neurocognitive Variations and Disabilities
  • Models of Individual Development

Recent Presentations

Staying the same while living with multitudes: A new look at object constancy. Michigan Council on Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. February 16, 2020.

Psychodynamics, integration and multiplicity: Object constancy reconsidered. Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis. January 17, 2020.


 Levy, A.J. and Brekke, J.S.  (1990). "Spouse battering and chemical dependency: Dynamics, treatment, and service delivery."  Journal of Chemical Dependency Treatment, 3 (1): 81-98, 1989. *

  • Also appears as a chapter in Aggression, Violence and Chemical Dependency, p. 81-98. Ronald T. Potter-Efron and Patricia S. Potter-Efron (Eds.) Binghamton: New York, the Haworth Press, 1990.

 Land, H. and Levy, A.J., (1992).   "A school-based prevention model for depressed Asian adolescents."  Social Work in Education, 14 (3): 165-176, 1992.

Levy, A.J., (1993). "Stigma management: A new clinical service."  Families in Society, 74 (4): 226-231, 1993. This article was reviewed in the Brown University FamilyTherapy Newsletter. "Stigma management: How to help clients deal with others' reactions." 5 (4): 7 (1993).

Levy, A.J. and Land, H., (1994). "School-based services for depressed ethnic and racial minority group adolescents."  Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 11 (1): 21-35.

Levy, A.J., (1994).  "A community-based approach to clinical services for children of substance abusers." Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 11 (3): 221-233.

Wall, J.C. and Levy, A.J.  (1994). "Treatment of non-custodial fathers: gender issues and clinical dilemmas."  Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 11 (4): 295-313, 1994.

Wall, J.C. and Levy, A.J., (1996).  Communities under fire: Empowering children and families in the aftermath of homicide. Clinical Social Work Journal, 24 (4): 403-414.

Levy, A.J. and Wall, J.C., (2000). Children who have witnessed community homicide: Incorporating risk and resilience in clinical work. Families in Society, 81 (4): 402-411.

Wall, J.C., and Levy, A.J. (2005).  Rapid response with children and families following community violence: A clinical social work approach, Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 22(3), 3-18.

Levy, A.J. (2008). The therapeutic action of play in the psychodynamic treatment of children: A critical analysis.  Clinical Social Work Journal. 36(3): 281-291.

Levy, A.J. (2009).  Neurobiology and the therapeutic action of psychoanalytic play therapy with children.  Clinical Social Work Journal, 39(1):50-60.

Levy, A.J. (2011).  Psychoanalytic psychotherapy for children with Asperger’s syndrome: Therapeutic engagement through playPsychoanalytic Perspectives, 8(1): 72-91.

Levy, A.J. (2015). The interpersonal tradition: The origins of psychoanalytic subjectivity. Psychoanalytic Perspectives, 12(1), 91-98.

Levy, A. J. (2016).  Becoming visible: The significance of recognizing what is hidden.  Clinical Social Work Journal, 44(4): 360-364.

Levy, A.J. and Levy, J.A. (2018). Child Treatment in Theory and Practice of Clinical Social Work (Third Edition), Jerrold R., Brandell (Editor). San Diego, CA: Cognella Academic Publishing.

Book review

Holding while being held: A review of the collected works of D.W. Winnicott. Psychoanalytic Perspectives, 15(2), 250-254.