Film and Mind Online: Ad Astra

September 25, 2020, 6:45 - 10:15 PM

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

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A space opera uniquely suited for psychoanalytic discussion. Will the city of Thebes/ errr…the whole Earth be annihilated?  Futuristic Father - Son Relationship Explored!  This film uses outer space to explore inner space.   Space pirates instead of bandits on a road? Starring Brad Pitt and Tommy Lee Jones, written and directed by James Gray.

Come discuss a wonderful foray into the Oedipus/ infantile conflicts/ attachment theory played out in the setting of a future that explores the endless void on outer space as a symbol of the oceanic feeling of the unconscious. 


*Streaming is available on Amazon Prime.

Space is limited to 25 participants. 

Registration will be open until 4:30 PM on the day of the event. We cannot take registrations after this time. 


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:

  • Translate the theme of obsessive defense against massive childhood loss into psychodynamic functions of undoing, reaction formation, and isolation of affect.
  • Using the film Ad Astra for examples, discuss the oedipal theme in developmental and attachment theory



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.  

Elena Balashova-Shamis, PsyD, is a psychoanalyst and faculty member at the New Center for Psychoanalysis, where she has taught in all of the training programs. She has also taught in the training programs at LAIPS. She maintains a private practice in Marina Del Rey and is a guest lecturer at UCLA Semel Insitute (NPI). Dr. Balashova-Shamis has taught in the UCLA Medical School and Extension Program and was a faculty member at Ryokan College where she worked as a dissertation advisor. She is the Co-Chair of NCP’s Extension Committee where she organizes seminars and workshops on various topics in psychoanalysis, sexuality, and child development.

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.

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