Film and Mind Online: The Fabelmans

June 16, 2023, 8:30 - 10:00 PM

Join NCP's Film and Mind series online! 


Family standing awkwardly in what seems to be a new home.

The Fabelmans (2022, 151 minutes) is a semi-autobiographical fable from Steven Spielberg and Tony Kushner, which foregrounds the power of movies - how they can capture one’s imagination and help us work through our traumas. It highlights the genesis and development of creativity in the transitional space and its subsequent role in the adult cultural life. 

*Available on Amazon Prime and others. 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 (on Zoom): 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 6:15 pm PT.

1.5 CE/CME credits

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

  • Discuss the compulsion to repeat as a way to master a traumatic experience, drawing parallels between the incident depicted in the film and vignettes from clinical practice 
  • Explain the phenomenon of transitional space within the mother-child relationship and how it continues to shape an adult’s psyche throughout their life
  • Explain the contribution of autobiographical memory to the creative process in artistic form and narrative

Discussant Bios:

Bart Blinder, MD, is an adult and child psychoanalyst with over three decades of private practice and a senior faculty member at NCP. His career includes psychiatric education as a Clinical Professor and Director of Eating Disorder Treatment and Research at the University of California, Irvine. He also has published clinical research, textbooks, and articles. He has worked extensively with the APA, including special projects and leadership activities.

Michael Berlin, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Screenwriting and Film at Long Beach State, along with being the Film Curator at the Bowers Museum and hosting “Sneak Previews with Michael Berlin” at UC Irvine. He has been a member of the Writers Guild of America since 1985, working as both a writer and producer on numerous award-winning television series, TV movies, and feature films. 

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:  

Amazon Prime, HBO Max, Apple TV and more (click for options)

"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.  

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

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