Film and Mind: "Working Woman" (cancelled)

November 15, 2019, 7:30 - 10:00 PM

Join the members of NCP for our Film and Mind Series.

**This film is cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date.**


(2019, Hebrew – from Israel)

Working Woman depicts the complex psychological dilemma of sexual harassment and abuse of women in the workplace and the impact on the family. External conflicts amplify the internal struggle between the unconscious self-idealization and devaluation. Women identify with their mothers; in prior generations that meant that one was not allowed to enter certain professions, rather than raising children full-time. For women in our modern world this becomes more complicated, particularly in religious communities that are resistant to social change. The movie addresses the problems of shared financial relationship and its impact on marital relationships as well as the sexual harassment of young working women. The film gives the audience much to discuss regarding the characters’ creative adaptations to these internalized difficulties.

A discussion will be held after the film. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain the conflict inherent in omnipotent/ omniscient fantasies as they manifest in the 21st century workplace
  2. Summarize the impact of unconscious complex fantasy in the generation of response to workplace sexual harassment/ abuse 
  3. Apply an understanding of marriage and family unconscious forces at play in the pressure to “make a living” for a family


Elena Balashova-Shamis, PsyD, is an advanced psychoanalytic candidate at the New Center for Psychoanalysis (NCP) in both the adult and child programs. She maintains a private practice in West Los Angeles. She is a faculty at NCP, LAISPS, UCLA, Ryokan College and works as a dissertation advisor. She presents seminars and workshops on various topics in psychoanalysis, sexuality, and child development. She has been recently published in JAPA (October 2017).

Deborah Lynn, MD, is a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist and general psychiatrist, and a psychoanalytic candidate at the New Center for Psychoanalysis. She is in private practice in Westwood as well as a member of the volunteer clinical faculty at UCLA, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Miriam Tasini, MD, is a professor of psychiatry at UCLA, a training and supervising analyst at the New Center for Psychoanalysis, and an honorary member of the Polish Psychoanalytic Society. She studied the Holocaust and problems of restitution as she wrote a book, Where Are We Going? (2008), about her family’s survival as they escaped halfway around the world.

Target audience: Mental health professionals and open to the public interested in psychoanalytic perspectives. Open to members and the community.

Level: Every level.

2.5 CE/CME Credits

$20 with CE Credit

$10 without Credit


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 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 and 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.