A Fantastic Woman

October 5, 2018, 7:30 - 10:00 PM

This Chilean film is the story of Marina and Orlando, who are lovers and are planning their future, when one night Orlando suddenly falls ill and dies.  Instead of being able to mourn her lover, Marina is treated with suspicion by authorities and with disdain by his family.  She is forbidden to attend his funeral and is evicted from the apartment they shared because Marina is a transgender woman  and, for most of Orlando’s family, her sexual identify is a perversion.  She must battle the very same forces that she has spent a lifetime fighting just to become the woman she is now -- complex, strong, forthright and fantastic. 

Learning Objectives

As a result of attending this course, participants should be able to: 

  • Analyze the contradictions heroine/hero versus those within the rejecting group at large
  • Discuss in depth the differences between sex and gender 
  • Explain the roles of psychology and psychoanalytic field in humanization or dehumanization of individual’s freedom and acceptance of diversity
  • Describe the significance of being aware of one’s own biases that are influenced by social current for a therapist working with people who do not fit in a predefined binary heterosexual system  

Shahin Sakhi, M.D., PhD, is an Assistant Clinical Professor at UCLA, candidate in psychoanalytic training at the New Center Psychoanalysis, and in private practice in West Los Angeles. He is a certified consultant from the AK Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems. 

Christopher Meyer, PhD,  is an Analyst of the School, and Faculty of the Lacanian School of Psychoanalysis, San Francisco, psychoanalyst and psychologist in private practice in Beverly Hills, CA.  He supervises in the Individual Adult Program of The Maple Counseling Center in Beverly Hills, CA.  He is a member of GIFRIC (Groupe Interdisciplinaire Freudienne pour Recherches et d’Interventions Clinique et Culturelles), the Freudian School of Québec, and the California Psychoanalytic Circle of the Freudian School of Québec. He has published articles in The American Journal of Semiotics, the journal Savoir, Psychanalyse et analyse  culturelle,  in Correspondences:  Courrier de l’École freudienne du Québec, and in (a): the Journal of Culture and the Unconscious. 


Target audience: Open to the public but mainly for mental health professionals

Level: Every Level



IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME/CE program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.


PHYSICIANS: 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 the American Psychoanalytic Association and the New Center for Psychoanalysis. 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 the maximum number of 2.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


PSYCHOLOGISTS: The New Center for Psychoanalysis is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. New Center for Psychoanalysis maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Full attendance is required for psychologists to receive credit; partial credit may not be awarded based on APA guidelines. For the psychologists’ records, certificates of attendance are provided at the completion of the course.


SOCIAL WORKERS, MARRIAGE & FAMILY THERAPISTS (LCSW, LMFT, ASW, IMF, LEP, LPCC, PCCI) The New Center for Psychoanalysis is a continuing education provider that has been approved by the American Psychological Association, a California Board of Behavioral Sciences recognized approval agency.


REGISTERED NURSES: The New Center for Psychoanalysis is an accredited provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (Provider #CEP1112). Registered Nurses may claim only the actual number of hours spent in the educational activity for credit.