Film and Mind: "Transit"

October 4, 2019, 7:30 - 10:00 PM

Join the members of NCP for our Film and Mind Series.


(2018, German. Directed by Christian Petzold) 

In an attempt to flee Nazi-occupied France, Georg assumes the identity of a dead author but soon finds himself stuck in Marseilles, where he falls in love with Maria, a young woman searching for her missing husband. Transit is an existential thriller about loss, identity, trauma, statelessness and historical repetition. This film stirs up issues around national identity and its relation to the self and has major significance for today’s world.

A discussion will be held after the film.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe treatment issues in clinical practice resulting from the loss of identity, home, and family
  2. Discuss the way loss, mourning, and reparation are seen in this film and apply in clinical practice.
  3. Using the film as an example, assess how survival adaptations in adults can permanently alter character structure.
  4. Explain how Winnicott’s concept of “false self” can be applied to the film’s characters

Discussants: Gerard Sobnosky, Seth Alt, and Joan Lachkar

Gerard Sobnosky, LMFT, is in private practice in Manhattan Beach and Rolling Hills Estates, CA. He is an advanced Clinical Associate at the New Center for Psychoanalysis, and a member of the Education Committee. He is active in the International Psychoanalytic Association, and the American Psychoanalytic Association, where he serves on the American Psychoanalytic Foundation, and as Treasurer of the Candidates Council. He teaches dream analysis workshops for clinicians, leads psychoanalytic therapy process groups, and teaches Chinese therapists as part of the Chinese-American Psychoanalytic Alliance, and is also a recording artist with his rockabilly trio Those Sunsabillys.

Seth Alt is a doctoral student in the Cultural Studies program at Claremont Graduate University where he is working on a dissertation loosely titled, "The Pervert's Guide to the Museum." When not running the gauntlet of the PhD Seth sometimes plays fiddle at Irish sessions in Long Beach and Pasadena.

Joan Jutta Lachkar, PhD, is a licensed Marriage and Family therapist in private practice in Sherman Oaks. She is an affiliate member for the New Center for Psychoanalysis and author of numerous books and publications including The Narcissistic/Borderline Couple. Dr Lachkar is also a psychohistorian and has numerous publications on marital and political conflict in the Journal of Psychohistory, Frontpage, and Family Security Matters, including "The Psychopathology of Terrorism" at the Rand Corporation.

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

Level: Every level.

2.5 CE/CME Credits

$20 with CE Credit

$10 without Credit



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 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. 

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.