Film and Mind Online: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (animated)

May 8, 2020, 6:45 - 10:15 PM

Join NCP as we take our Film and Mind series online!

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For psychoanalysts and child and adult therapists, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse brings multiple professional discussion points. The universal oedipal inflection point of early adolescence, the meaning of “superpower” in contemporary culture are the classic themes. Beyond that, the growing influence of psychedelic drugs can be explored from the twin perspectives of developing clinical indications and also implications for potential abuse in adolescent populations. 

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (winner of the 2019 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film) presents a new version of superpowers when the psychedelic spider bites. Teen Miles Morales becomes Spider-Man of his reality, crossing his path with five counterparts from other dimensions to stop a threat for all realities.  “This rousingly entertaining superhero adventure is everything a great family movie should be: laugh-out-loud funny, filled with teachable moments” (Sandie Anguelo Chen, Common Sense Media). We will examine the underlying psychodynamic forces revealed in this surprisingly original animated film with a psilocybin bent.

*Streaming is available on Netflix, Amazon Movies, Apple TV.

Space is limited to 25 participants.


6:45 PM - 8:45 PM: Group viewing of the movie with a silent chat. We will join the Zoom meeting and press "play" simultaneously to watch the movie together. Please purchase the movie before joining the meeting. (Viewing with the group is optional. You can purchase and watch prior to this and still participate in the discussion.) No credit

8:45 PM - 10:15 PM: Discussion begins. We will hear from our discussants and explore the film together. 1.5 CE/CME credits

Learning Objectives:

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

  • Explain the role of the Superhero as imago in contemporary culture; apply to your own clinical practice

  • Explain the self-authorizing characteristic of psychedelic drugs on the basis of the film Spider-Man and also your clinical practice

  • Predict how the advent of therapeutic psychedelic medications will affect psychotherapeutic (psychodynamic) practice in the foreseeable future

  • Outline the role of childhood fantasy (conscious) in the resolution of Oedipal father-son conflicts in this film and seen in your practice


Thomas Brod, MD, co-director of the NCP Film & Mind series, is Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA Geffen School of Medicine. He has a private practice in west Los Angeles.

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, Pasadena. With a special interest in films 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.

Keith Heinzerling, MD, is an Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine physician and Director of the Pacific Treatment & Research in Psychedelics (TRIP). He is Associate Professor Health Sciences, Dept. of Family Medicine, UCLA Geffen School of Medicine.

Megan Rundel PhD,  is a Personal and Supervising Analyst at Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California (PINC) with a private practice of psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, and psychedelic integration in Oakland Ca.  She is a student and teacher (authorized Sensei) of Zen meditation.  She is a graduate of the Center for Psychedelic Therapy and Research at CIIS.  Recommended reading: Rundel, M. “The Fire of eros: Sexuality and the movement toward union.” Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 25(5):614-630, 2015.

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

Level: Every level.

1.5 CE/CME Credits

$15 with CE Credit

$7 without Credit


This is an online event. What you need to know:

  • Registration is limited to 25 people.
  • Register below and you will get an email with the Zoom link.
  • You can join other attendees to watch the film "together" (in your own home) at 6:45 pm and even silently comment in the Zoom Meeting “chat” function, or watch it on your own beforehand.
  • The official discussion will start at 8:45 pm in the Zoom Meeting room.
  • We cannot provide technical support for the viewing of the movie, but will be in the Zoom meeting to help facilitate the discussion.  


Where to get the movie:


"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. You will receive an email with an evaluation 2 days after the event
  3. Complete the evaluation
  4. Wait 2 business days
  5. Download your Certificate on the NCP website



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 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. 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.