Film and Mind Online: Poor Things

April 12, 2024, 8:00 - 9:30 PM

All times listed are in Pacific Time (PT) unless otherwise noted.

*** Registration will close at 4:30 PM the day of the event. No registrations are possible after this time, no exceptions. ***


  • You will receive confirmation and details by email. Contact Byrd at if you have questions. 
  • The program presentation runs from at 8 PM to 9:30 PM 
  • This program is being presented in Online Only. Signature is required (in meeting Chat) for CE/CME Credit. 
  • 1.5 CE/CME credits are offered for this program.  

 Banner of Poor Things

Poor Things (2023, 2 hr 21 min) is the latest from Greek provocateur Yorgos Lanthimos, director of The FavoriteThe LobsterDogtooth, and The Killing of a Sacred Deer. With touches of Mary Shelley and Lewis Carrol, Poor Things tells the story of a young woman (Emma Stone) re-created from human remains through the ghastly and daring work of an ambitious doctor (Willem Dafoe). Poor Things has much to offer within wider discussions of topics like liberation, equality, and sex and gender. Multiple themes and questions of psychodynamic interest underlie the absurdities with which the film flirts. What does it mean to live in a body made of seemingly spare (lifeless) parts? What does it mean to be a person of appetite in a world where the signifier woman is stamped with diminishment? What happens to libido when charged by lightning strikes? These are some of the psychodynamic topics to be discussed with the help of this sprightly and virtuosic representation of 19th-century Glasgow.

Available on:

Hulu, Apple TV, Youtube, and more (click for options) 


*** All times listed are Pacific Time (PT) ***

Discussion (on Zoom): new start time -- 8:00 PM - 9:30 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.


Learning Objectives

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

  • Discuss the concept of “moral core” in the human mind and its place in intrapsychic conflict
  • Compare processes of fantasy identification and (mis)identification by differentiating the two and applying the difference in clinical situations
  • Explain “subjectivation" as a sub-mechanism of ego splitting when it manifests in clinical situations and identify it in relation to this film

Program Coordinator: Thomas M. Brod, MD, coordinates the NCP Film & Mind Program with Apurva Shah, MD.



Seth Alt, PhD, is an independent cultural theorist and researcher whose area of expertise explores the intersections of museums, digital technology, and audience studies. He holds a PhD in Cultural Studies from Claremont Graduate University, and his dissertation, is titled, “The Pervert’s Guide to the Museum.” He has curatorial and archival experience from working for both The Autry Museum and the California Botanic Garden. He is a member of the California Forum of the Lacanian Field.

Deborah Lynn, MD, is a child and adolescent psychiatrist/general psychiatrist, and psychoanalytic candidate at the New Center for Psychoanalysis. She is in private practice in Westwood as well as a member of the clinical faculty at UCLA, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She is a consultant at City of Hope in pediatric oncology. She is a lecturer at Reiss-Davis Child Development Center and she teaches in NCP’s Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program.  



  • This is an online conference. It will be held via Zoom.
  • Pre-registration is required. 
  • 1.5 CE/CME credits offered.
  • Signature is required for Continuing Education Credit. Zoom attendees must "sign" in and out at the beginning and end of the discussion in the Zoom Meeting Chat to receive credit.
  • You will receive a confirmation and event-details message by email after registering. Contact Byrd at if you have questions.   


Target audience: Mental health professionals and open to the public interested in psychoanalytic perspectives. Open to members and the community.
Level: Every level.



$25 with CE Credit

$15 without Credit  

Free for NCP Clinical Associates and Students

Please contact if you have trouble registering. 

Please complete all registration pages until you come to the final "Receipt" page. This will complete your registration and ensure the confirmation email with the meeting details is sent to you.

"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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