Film and Mind Online: The Card Counter

February 10, 2023, 8:30 - 10:00 PM

Join NCP's Film and Mind series online!

William Tell Holding 10 of Diamonds Card








The Card Counter (2021, 112 minutes), from writer-director Paul Schrader, explores themes of PTSD, guilt, and redemption in a thrilling, slowly unfolding tale of revenge. Our discussants will give a brief insight into the movie, elucidating the psychological aspects of the film, and use psychoanalytic concepts and theories to illustrate specific clinical and technical aspects of therapeutic work.

 *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:

  • Describe the dramatic arc of superego conflict manifest in the main characters of The Card Counter

  • Discuss the psychodynamic relationship between revenge and redemption portrayed in The Card Counter

  • Explain, from psychodynamic Ego theory, how Tell (Oscar Issac’s character) manages to demonstrate emotional chill while suffering intense PTSD

Discussant Bios:

Gerard Sobnosky, LMFT, is a psychoanalyst and licensed marriage and family therapist in San Pedro, CA. He serves on the Board of Directors of the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA), as well as on the APsaA Finance Committee, the American Psychoanalytic Foundation, and is Treasurer of the APsaA Candidates Council. He is also Vice President for North America for the International Psychoanalytic Studies Organization (IPSO) and serves on the Admissions Committee at the New Center for Psychoanalysis.

Elena Bezzubova, PhD, maintains a private practice in psychoanalysis in Newport Beach and teaches at University of California, Irvine and New Center for Psychoanalysis. She has authored numerous papers and presentations and runs the blog "Search for Self” for Psychology Today

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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