Washington Psychoanalytic Institute


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Couple and Family Therapy Training
A training experience with video observation that focuses on the treatment of relationships. More...

New Directions
Three-year program for clinicians, academics and writers to apply psychoanalytic perspectives to professional and personal writing.  More...

Institutional Review Board
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Psychoanalytic Takes on the Cinema
Film discussion series. More...

Psychoanalysis, Creativity and the Arts 
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2016-17 Psychoanalytic Takes on the Cinema


The goal of the Psychoanalytic Takes on the Cinema program is to teach psychoanalytic concepts and principles related to the functioning of the mind, human development and relationships, through films and psychoanalytic discussion.  The program is directed toward mental health professionals, either graduates or in training, who use psychoanalytic therapy as a treatment modality, and also to physicians and other individuals interested in learning about and/or applying psychoanalytic principles.

 Participants will view films together and discussants will present a paper and/or lead a discussion illustrating basic psychoanalytic concepts. Our experience has shown that watching films together allows participants to develop trust and to support each other in learning new concepts.

altCourse Coordinator: Kristina Gilbertson
Location: 6912 Ayr Lane, Bethesda, MD
Time: 7:30pm
Cost: 4 Films- $80 without CE credits, $225 with CE credits
7 Films $130 without CE credits, $360 with CE credits

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October 14, 2016: "Phoenix" (2015) 98 minutes 

How do we process unimaginable betrayal? How do we overcome the kinds of events that forever alter the trajectory of a life we so desperately want back? A Holocaust survivor and former cabaret singer tries to find out if her husband betrayed her to the Nazis.

Writer/Director: Christina Petzold

Starring: Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Nina Kunzendorf, Michael Maertens

Discussant: Robert Winer M.D., Washington Center for Psychoanalysis






November 18, 2016: "Three Colors: White (Part 2 of the Trilogy: Liberty, Equality, Fraternity)(1994) 91 min.

(Based on the colors of the French flag and the French motto). A shy man is left by his wife in humiliating circumstances in Paris; losing his money, his residency, his friends. As a deeply ashamed beggar in Warsaw, he begins his effort to restore equality to his life through revenge.

Writer/Director: Krzystof Kieslowski

Starring: Zbigniew Zamachowski, Julie Delpy, Janus Gajos, Jerzy Stuhr

Discussant: Martin Ceaser, M.D., Teaching Analyst, Baltimore Washington Center for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Georgetown Medical Center




December 16, 2016: "Sundays and Cybele" (1962) 110 min.

In this provocative Academy Award winner, a psychologically damaged war veteran and a neglected child begin a startlingly intimate friendship —one that ultimately ignites the suspicion and anger of his friends and neighbors in suburban Paris. Bourguignon's film makes thoughtful, humane drama out of potentially incendiary subject matter and becomes a stirring contemplation of an alliance between two troubled souls. With Hardy Krueger, Nicole Courcel and Patricia Gozzi.

Writers: Serge Bourguignon, Antoine Tudal, Bernard Eschassériaux

Director:  Serge Bourguignon           

Starring: Hardy Krüger, Nicole Courcel, Patricia Gozzi, Daniel Ivernel, Andre Oumansky

Discussant: Marc Nemiroff, Ph.D., Faculty, Developmental Psychotherapy Program, The Washington School of Psychiatry



January 6, 2017: "Three Colors: Blue (Part 1 of the Trilogy: Liberty, Equality, Fraternity)" (1993) 98min.

Confronting truths about the life of her late husband, a famous composer, Julie attempts to free herself from the past by moving from her house to an apartment in Paris and cutting off all contact with those who know her. Despite her desire to live anonymously and alone, life in Paris forces her to confront elements of her past she would rather not face.

Director: Krzystof Kieslowski

Starring: Juliette Binoche, Benoit Regent, Florence Pernel

Discussant: Marshall Alcorn, Ph. D., George Washington University and Washington Center for Psychoanalysis




February 10, 2017: "The Soloist" (2009) 117 min. RESCHEDULED TO APRIL 7, 2017

This film developed from a true story about the relationship between a Los Angeles-based journalist, Steve Lopez, and a homeless, Julliard-trained musician. The film is based on Lopez's columns and subsequent book.

Writer/Director: Joe Wright

Starring: Robert Downey, Jr., Jamie Foxx, Catherine Keener, Tom Hollander 


Discussant: Paula Howie,  M.A., ATR-BC, LPC, LPCAT, HLM





March 17, 2017: "The Son's Room" (2001) 99 min.

A psychoanalyst and his wife have two teenagers. They live in a small, idyllic Northern Italian city, but their world is turned upside down when their son dies in a tragic accident. The impact of his death on the family as well as the analyst and his work with patients is explored in this psychologically penetrating film.

Writer/Director: Nanni Moretti

Starring: Nanni Moretti, Laura Morante, Jasmine Trinca, Giuseppe Sanfelice, Stefano Accorsi


Discussant: Christie Platt, Ph.D.





May 5, 2017: "Volver" (2006) 121 min. RESCHEDULED DATE TBA.

Volver deals with loss, betrayal, parental abandonment, death and then, and perhaps more so, as the title suggests, a return in both a literal sense and a figurative psychoanalytic meaning as in "the return of the repressed".

Writer/Director: Pedro Almodovar

Starring: Penelope Cruz, Carmen Maura, Lola Duenas, Yohana Cobo, Blanca Portillo

Discussant: Julio Szmuilowicz, MD, FRCPC, DABPN, Toronto, Ontario






Continuing Education
Participants in the Psychoanalytic Takes on the Cinema Program who elect the CE Credit option will receive 3 credits for each session attended after completing an online evaluation.
1. Participants will be able to describe psychoanalytic concepts and terms through the psychoanalytic discussions presented and apply them to their work as clinicians.
2. Participants will be able to identify selected psychoanalytic concepts and issues related to film characters and relationships.
3. Participants will be able to use psychoanalytic theory to understand or “read” the text, subtexts, and narrative devices of the films.
Continuing Medical Education
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accredita-tion Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of The American Psychoanalytic Association and the Washington Center for Psychoanalysis, Inc. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The American Psycho-analytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum 12 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) ™ . Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the educational activity. IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None Of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Continuing Education – Psychology
The Washington Center for Psychoanalysis, Inc. is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing edu-cation for psychologists. The Washington Center for Psychoanalysis, Inc. maintains responsibility for the program and its content and offers 1 credit hour per hour for this activity.
Continuing Education – Social Work
The programs of the Washington Center for Psychoanalysis, Inc. meet the criteria for continuing education as defined by the Mary-land Board of Social Work Examiners, District of Columbia and Virginia Boards of Social Work, and the American Board of Examin-ers in Clinical Social Work. The Washington Center for Psychoanalysis, Inc. designates this program as a continuing education ac-tivity for social work for 1 credit hour per activity hour.
Continuing Education – Licensed Professional Counselors
The Washington Center for Psychoanalysis continuing education credits meet the criteria and may be submitted for re-licensure of LPCs in Maryland, DC, and Virginia.