Eighth Grade

March 1, 2019, 7:30 - 10:00 PM

Eighth Grade (2018, Bo Burnham, writer-director) is widely considered especially well-made and well-received (Metacritic rating of 90%, Rotten Tomatoes 99% positive). Winner of the Writers Guild best original screenplay award, Eighth Grade “is so grounded in the reality of middle school," said one reviewer, "it almost operates like a horrible collective flashback." Another said the film “has been made with a bone-deep and clear-eyed understanding.”

The film focuses on social media in the family life and social world of 13-year-old Kayla (Elsie Fisher). For this screening, we are privileged to have Luis Nagy present to discuss the film and then participate in the discussion with the program attendees. Dr. Nagy is an internationally recognized psychoanalytic educator who also specializes in social media.

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

  • Counsel and confer with parents, teens, and families about uses and limits to social media access
  • Guide families through significant “cringe-worthy” moments of early adolescent development
  • Describe how contemporary Social Media molds teen identity
  • Discuss the traumatogenic aspects of premature sexual exposure on early teens

Luis Alejandro Nagy, PhD, is a psychoanalyst and a computer scientist who practices in Arcadia, CA. In addition, he works as Chair of the IPA Social Media Committee and member of NCP. He is also a member of the Training Committee and a supervisor at the Rose City Center in Pasadena. With a special interest in film and communications, he serves as advisor to the Website Editorial Committee of the IPA and was former Chair of Communications of the Federation of Psychoanalytic Societies of Latin-America. He is a Professor and a Training Analyst at the Chinese American Psychoanalytic Alliance and an international speaker promoting online safety and prevention through detection of pathological use of the Internet in treating children and adults.

Thomas Brod, MD, Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the UCLA Geffen School of Medicine. He is a senior faculty member at NCP and the co-coordinator of the Film and Mind Series. He is also on the faculty of the ISTDP Institute (Washington, DC).

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.