Film and Mind Online: The Power of the Dog

February 25, 2022, 8:30 - 10:00 PM

Join NCP's Film and Mind series online!


Two men wearing cowboy hats riding two horses in a fieldJane Campion’s The Power of the Dog (2021, 2 hr, 5 minutes) is, like other Westerns, a yarn about men in conflict. But unlike other movies in the Western genre, this movie is a tale that rotates around conflicted masculinity and its developmental line. Written and directed by Jane Campion, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, and Kodi Smit-McPhee. Screens on Netflix.


Watch the trailer

*Available on Netflix (subscription). See link below.

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 Netflix (subscription) before 6:15 pm PST.

1.5 CE/CME credits

Learning Objectives:

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

  • Describe “masculine primordial vulnerability” as it emerges in this film and list several common defensive manifestations of its avoidance
  • Compile and contrast pre-phallic, phallic, and genital-based features of the male psyche and the applicability to clinical work with patients and clients
  • Discuss contemporary psychoanalytic understandings of the “masculine” and “feminine” orientations



Michael J. Diamond, PhD, is a Training and Supervising Analyst at LAISPS. He has authored three books, including My Father Before Me: how fathers and sons influence each other throughout their lives, The Second Century of Psychoanalysis: evolving perspectives on therapeutic action (with C. Christiani), and the recent Masculinity and its Discontents: the male psyche and the inherent tensions of maturing manhood. Dr. Diamond has published over 90 articles and book chapters as well. He is in private practice in Los Angeles. 

Elizabeth Trawick, MD, is a training and supervising analyst with Birmingham-New Orleans Psychoanalytic Center. Before leaving Los Angeles twelve years ago to live in Alabama, she was a training and supervising analyst and active faculty member at NCP and PCC. She is a past president of NCP (then LAPSI). In addition to practicing psychoanalysis, she is developing skills as a writer and plans to celebrate her eightieth birthday in two years with the publication of her first novel. 

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:

  • 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.
  • 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. Psychologists 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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