Film and Mind Online: CODA

October 8, 2021, 8:30 - 10:00 PM

Join NCP's Film and Mind series online!


Photo of two men and two women sitting on a truck bed.(1h, 51m) "At first glance, you might think that writer/director Sian Heder’s CODA is all about predictable beats you’ve seen countless times before. After all, it tells a pleasantly familiar coming-of-age tale, following a talented small-town girl from modest means with dreams to study music in the big city. There's an idealistic teacher, a winsome crush, moving rehearsal montages, a high-stakes audition, and naturally, a family reluctant about their offspring’s ambitions. Again—and only at first glance—you might think you already know everything about this feel-good recipe.
Caring, boisterous, and adorned with the hugest of hearts, CODA will prove you wrong." --Tomris Laffly,
"I have never seen a film fully capture heart, soul, and depth, while also offering an empathetic view from every perspective of their main characters. It captured the weight of responsibility of 17-year-old Ruby who is the only hearing person in a deaf family who runs a fishing business and her role as fisherwoman, advocate, interpreter, and ambassador of communication, while also balancing the challenges of being a teenager in high school who wants to be in love, a singer, and have a potential for a future independent of her family." --online posting in Google audience reviews
Watch the trailer

*Streaming is available with Apple TV subscription only (see 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. 


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

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

We will not watch the film together prior to the discussion. Participants should watch the film beforehand or begin screening on their own on Apple+ by 6:30 PT.

1.5 CE/CME credits

Learning Objectives:

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

  • Identify the psychopathology, psychodynamics, interpersonal dynamics and/or pathological bonds as illustrated by the film CODA and elaborated on by the discussants
  • Apply the knowledge gained from the presentation and discussion into their clinical practice in children of deaf adults, adolescents, and especially “gifted” children
  • Use the insights generated by the film CODA and its discussion to assess how culture-sensitive their practice is, regarding Deaf patients and clients, and improve on it as needed


Luis Alejandro Nagy, PhD, is a psychoanalyst and a computer scientist who practices in Arcadia, CA. In addition, he works as Chair of the IPA Social Media Committee and member of NCP. He serves as Board President of Rose City Center in Pasadena, CA, where he is also a supervisor and member of the Training Committee. With a special interest in films and communications, he serves as advisor to the Website Editorial Committee of the IPA and was former Chair of Communications of the Federation of Psychoanalytic Societies of Latin-America. He is a Professor and a Training Analyst at the Chinese American Psychoanalytic Alliance and an international speaker promoting online safety and prevention through detection of pathological use of the internet in treating children and adults.

Christine Wertheim, PhD, is writer, artist and critic, whose books include three poetic suites The Book of Me, mUtter-bAbel, and +|’me’S-pace, which fuse graphics and text to explore the potentialities of the English tongue, and relationships between infantile rage and global violence. With her sister Margaret, she is co-creator of the Crochet Coral Reef, an art-science project shown internationally, including at the 2019 Venice Biennale. From 2001-2021 she has been teaching in the department of critical studies at the California Institute of the Arts.

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 discussion will start at 8:30 pm in the Zoom Meeting room. Participants should watch the film on their own before joining.
  • 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. 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 for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s)* to disclose with ineligible companies* whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

*Financial relationships are relevant if the educational content an individual can control is related to the business lines or products of the ineligible company.

-Updated July 2021-

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 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 a 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.  The New Center for Psychoanalysis maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Psychologist must report CE credits directly to MCEP using this document to verify attendance. Please note that a Psychologist must attend the CE program in its entirety in order to receive credit.  

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