Film and Mind Online: Parallel Mothers

June 24, 2022, 8:30 - 10:00 PM

Join NCP's Film and Mind series online!


Parallel Mothers (2021, 120 minutes), written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar, is a story that’s simultaneously deeply personal and overtly political. It’s an intimate tale of the psychological journey of two women as they become mothers and their intertwined lives, but it’s also about Spain’s troubled history, and the way the past traumas continue to color and shape the future. In the art of filmmaking, Almodóvar reigns supreme in creating a “social drama” that is psychologically revealing and is gorgeous to behold and saturated in human vitality. 


 Watch the trailer

*Available on Amazon Prime and others (rent). 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 before 6:30 pm PT.

1.5 CE/CME credits

Learning Objectives:

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

  • Identify the Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma and its impact on each mother
  • Discuss how the movie supports Donald Winnicott's statement: "there is no such thing as an infant"
  • Discuss the liminality and confusion of the transition to motherhood, defining the psychic impasses that accompany even privileged maternity
  • Assess the effects of “disappeared men”: the valorized deprecation and marginalization of paternal and male efficacy in contemporary culture, and the corresponding hole at the place of phallic signification


Debra J. Myers, MD, PsyD, is a graduate of Harvard Medical School, trained in Internal Medicine at Stanford. She also has an MS in Biostatistics and Clinical Research Design from the University of Michigan School of Public Health (while she was faculty at Wayne State University). Her study of psychoanalysis at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles combined medical training with her humanistic interests and lifelong interest in the human mind. Dr. Myers received her PsyD from ICPLA in May 2020 and is also a member of NCP. She has a private practice of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy in West Los Angeles serving adults and adolescents. 

Albert Morell, PhD, is a Lacanian clinical and research psychoanalyst in private and institutional practice. He is a screenwriter and has been a university lecturer in literature, philosophy, and film studies. He is co-editor of The Los Angeles County Psychologist and founded the California Forum of the Internationale des Forums École de Psychoanalyse des Forums du Champ Lacanien (IF-EPFCL), based in Paris, France.

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:  Rent on Amazon Prime (also available on Vudu and iTunes)


"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 5 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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