Film and Mind Online: The Assistant

February 19, 2021, 6:45 - 10:00 PM

Join NCP as we take our Film and Mind series online!

images/The_Assistant_picture.jpgThe Assistant (2020) (1 hr 27 min) Jane, a recent college graduate and aspiring film producer, just landed her dream job as a junior assistant to a powerful entertainment mogul. Her day is much like any other assistant -- making coffee, ordering lunch, arranging travel accommodations and taking phone messages. But as Jane follows her daily routine, she grows increasingly aware of the abuse that insidiously colors every aspect of her workday, an accumulation of degradations against which she decides to take a stand. 

Watch the trailer 

*Streaming is available with Netflix subscription (link below)

Space is limited to 25 participants. 

Registration will be open until 4:30 PM on the day of the event. We cannot take registrations after this time. 


6:45 PM - 8:15 PM: Group viewing of the movie with a silent chat. We will join the Zoom meeting and press "play" simultaneously to watch the movie together. Please purchase the movie before joining the meeting. (Viewing with the group is optional. You can purchase and watch prior to this and still participate in the discussion.) No credit

8:30 PM - 10:00 PM: Discussion begins. We will hear from our discussants and explore the film together. 

1.5 CE/CME credits

Learning Objectives:

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

  • Describe the sexist micro-aggressions portrayed in The Assistant in terms of a) dissociation or b) splitting and projection of the self
  • Explain how you would manage the affects of a patient/client reporting micro-aggressions to you in a psychotherapy session
  • Using this film as an example, define the defense, “identification with the aggressor” and contrast with “externalization of the self"


Sidonie Freeman, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and Psychoanalyst in private practice in Beverly Hills. Dr. Freeman is an Adjunct Professor at The Chicago School for Professional Psychology, Los Angeles, and she also maintains a Supervisory position at the Wright Institute, Los Angeles. She is the President of The Foundation of LACPA, the non-profit and benevolent arm of the Los Angeles County Psychological Association which has regularly sponsored educational and skill building opportunities for those entering into and already in the mental health field. Dr. Freeman is the Chair of the Admissions Committee at the New Center for Psychoanalysis (NCP), as well as Chair of the Clinical Moments Committee, which facilitates and spreads awareness of the value of psychoanalysis within the community.

Fredrick Edo-Okuonghae, PsyD, LMFT, is a second-year candidate at NCP in the Adult/Child and Adolescent programs. He works primarily with children and adolescents, along with high-level professionals in sport and performance-based fields at a private practice located in West Los Angeles. He also runs groups for schools and organizations throughout the state of California. He is adjunct faculty at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles. He is the California diversity delegate for the American Psychological Association and a board member of the California Psychological Association.

Discussion Moderator: Thomas M. Brod, MD. Dr. Brod coordinates the NCP Film & Mind Program with Apurva Shah, MD.

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

Level: Every level.

1.5 CE/CME Credits

$15 with CE Credit

$7 without Credit 

This is an online event. What you need to know:

  • Registration is limited to 25 people.
  • Register below and you will get an email with the Zoom link. The Zoom link will also be sent on the day of the event after 4:30 PM
  • You can join other attendees to watch the film "together" (in your own home) at 6:45 pm and even silently comment in the Zoom Meeting “chat” function, or watch it on your own beforehand.
  • The official discussion will start at 8:45 pm in the Zoom Meeting room.
  • We cannot provide technical support for the viewing of the movie, but will be in the Zoom meeting to help facilitate the discussion.  


Where to get the movie:


"How do I get my CE/CME Credit?"

  1. Pre-Register below
    • If you are registering for the first time you will receive a welcome email. You must follow the directions in this email to complete your registration in order to access your certificates. 
  2. You will receive an email with an evaluation 2 days after the event
  3. Complete the evaluation
  4. Wait 2 business days
  5. Download your Certificate on the NCP website



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 1.5 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.

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