Phantom Thread

November 16, 2018, 7:30 - 10:00 PM

Paul Thomas Anderson’s film, Phantom Thread, depicts the life of renowned dressmaker, Reynolds Woodcock, and the effects produced in this confirmed bachelor by the women in his life.  Set in post-World War II London, the film centers on Woodcock’s creativity and on his relationship with an equally strong personality, Alma (Latin for ‘kind,’ ‘fostering,’ ‘nourishing’, as in alma mater) who serves as muse, lover, and object of ambivalence.  Might we see it as I Love Lucy  through a glass darkly? It certainly invites meditations on love, the object in psychoanalysis, and the question of “good” and its place in the psychoanalytic field.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Analyze the Lacanian notion of the object, which opposes the concept as found in object-relations theory
  • Discuss the place of ‘the good’ in the psychoanalytic field from a Nietzschean/Lacanian position, including what is determined to be ‘healthy,’ or ‘good’ or ‘mature love’ versus pathology

John Wayne, PhD, is a clinical psychologist in private practice in South Pasadena, California. He is a member of GIFRIC (Groupe Interdisciplinaire Freudienne pour Recherches et d’Interventions Clinique et Culturelles), the California Psychoanalytic Circle of the Freudian School of Quebec, the California Forum of the IF-EPFCL, Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) of the American Psychological Association, and the San Fernando Valley Psychological Association. He has been published in International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology, Volume 7, 2012. He taught psychoanalysis at Antioch University as adjunct professor. He has presented at NCP on a number of occasions.

Arsalan Malik, MD, is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst. He holds a Clinical Fellowship in Adult Psychodynamic Psychotherapy from the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies. He is currently a Clinical Associate at the New Center for Psychoanalysis and volunteer clinical faculty at UCLA. He is an editor for the new journal, Gender and Violence, which launched in early 2014.

Target audience: Mental health professionals and open to the public interested in psychoanalytic perspectives

Level: Every Level


IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME/CE program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.


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 the 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 the maximum of 2.5 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. New Center for Psychoanalysis maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Full attendance is required for psychologists to receive credit; partial credit may not be awarded based on APA guidelines. For the psychologists’ records, certificates of attendance are provided at the completion of the course.


SOCIAL WORKERS, MARRIAGE & 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.


REGISTERED NURSES: The New Center for Psychoanalysis is an accredited provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (Provider #CEP1112). Registered Nurses may claim only the actual number of hours spent in the educational activity for credit.