Film and Mind Online: Palm Springs

June 18, 2021, 7:00 - 10:15 PM

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


images/palm-springs_img.jpeg(1 hr, 27 min) This 2020 film, directed by Max Barbakow, is not your father’s time-loop flick. On one level the film is a romantic romp about resistance to emotional closeness, and the process of “becoming” in relationships. On another level, the film is a gently disguised portrayal of a psychedelic journey into multidimensional psychic space, exploring relational growth. On any level, Palm Springs is an exceptionally entertaining film that raises important issues for today’s psychotherapists.

*Streaming is available with Hulu only. Hulu offers a free one-month trial subscription. Viewers wishing to not be charged, must remember to cancel their subscription before the auto-renewal charges in one month.

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. 


*** All times listed are Pacific Time (PT)

7:00 PM - 8:30 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

8:45 PM - 10:15 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:

  • Explain the parallels between psychoanalysis and the new research findings on psychedelics in the study of timeless experiences that allow for transcendence of superego, emotional attunement, empathy, and understanding of transference
  • Differentiate repetition compulsion (superego derived from masochistic self-sabotage) from compulsive repetition related to emotional growth
  • Define clinically: resistance to emotional closeness and its handling in a therapeutic situation


Andrei Novac, MD, DFAPA, is founding director of Trauma Education and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. He is an Associate Member at the New Center for Psychoanalysis and active on the Research Committee. He has a private practice in Newport Beach, CA. Andrei was born in Bucharest, Romania and came to the United States as a refugee of the Eastern Block. His specialty in trauma has a personal note, as his parents were survivors of the Holocaust. He is the author of numerous articles and book chapters. More recently, his attention has focused on unconscious scripts, narratives and the neuroscience of free association. He has also published poetry. His fourth book of poetry, entitled Days of Empty Travel, is to appear at the end of June.

Thomas Brod, MD, Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the UCLA Geffen School of Medicine. He is a senior faculty member at NCP and the co-coordinator of the Film and Mind Series. 

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 6:30 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:

  • Hulu (with subscription)
    • Hulu offers a free one-month trial subscription. Viewers must cancel their subscription before the auto-renewal charges in one month.


"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. Sign in and sign out during the event (by typing your full name into the chat). This is how we record your attendance at the event.
  3. Wait 2 business days
  4. 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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