Film and Mind Online: The Menu

May 31, 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.   


The Menu (2022,1 hr 47 min) directed by Mark Mylod is a black comedy (or satire) starring Ralph Fiennes as a celebrity chef and Anya Taylor-Joy as the audience’s stand-in for innocent participant in an exquisite meal-performance served for the most privileged of elite society.  We catch on rather soon that, despite offering food of the highest quality, our genius chef had planned there to be no survivors.  We are treated to a creation embedded in appetite and death anxiety. 

Available on:

Amazon, 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:

  • Define "pathological accommodation”, as exemplified in various characters in The Menu, and describe its unconscious dynamic in each subgroup. 
  • Describe dynamics of subgroup formation, cohesion, and disunion as exemplified in the film, The Menu.
  • Explain how regressive need-to-be-fed (dependency) generates destructive fantasies within individuals of “Privileged/Dominant” class structure, setting up corresponding fantasies in the de-humanized serving classes.
  • Explain how a “Veneer of Civility” functions to obscure primal social dynamics

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


Gil Spielberg, PhD, After earning his doctorate in psychology, Gil completed his individual psychoanalytic training at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity (IPSS) in New York and his group analytic studies at the Center for Group Studies also in New York. Utilizing the experience of studying various psychoanalytic points of view (relational analysis, self-psychology and modern analysis) Gil is especially interested in exploring the interaction of individual and group development using both interpretive and non-interpretive interventions. Gil is a Fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Association, a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology, and a Certified Group Psychotherapist. Currently he serves on the faculty of the Contemporary Institute of Psychoanalysis (Los Angeles) New York as a training and supervising analyst. He is the faculty of the Center for Group Studies in New York. Gil is also the clinical director of Bespoke Therapy in Los Angeles, where he conducts and supervises clinicians using Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAT). Gil frequently presents at the American Group Psychotherapy Association Annual conferences and teaches group therapy internationally.

Gaea Logan, LPC-S, CGP, FAGPA, is a British-American psychoanalytic psychotherapist, educator, consultant and writer. She currently serves as the U.S. Executive Director of the International Institute for Trauma Studies in Vinnytsia, Ukraine, and the Public Education Chair of the Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles, California. She is a Fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Association and an Alumna of the Harvard Refugee Trauma/Global Mental Health Program. Her evidence-based trauma protocol, Contemplative Based Trauma and Resiliency Training. has been adapted for utilization throughout the U.S., the Middle East, Africa, and Ukraine. In recognition of clinical excellence and international humanitarian outreach, Gaea is the 2023 recipient of the International Association for Group Psychotherapy Yaakov Naor Award for Peace and Dialogue. Previous awards include the Four Corners Regional Group Psychotherapy Society for Visionary Leadership and Group Innovation (2019) and the Social Responsibility Award (2015) of the American Group Psychotherapy Association.



  • 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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