Psychocinematics! A Film Seminar Series with Readings


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In bringing together the art of film and the art of psychotherapy, Psychocinematics! aims to open new terrain for collaborative and creative conversations about both. Each seminar includes a film viewing followed by lively discussion. The films chosen are all notable for their exceptional art, style and innovation. They ignite the imagination to dream differently about current issues, both clinical and theoretical, in our field. Adding critical depth and challenge to our collective dreaming, suggested readings of interdisciplinary interest will accompany each seminar.

Sundays 2-6 pm: Oct. 8, Nov. 5, Dec. 3, 2017
Seattle University Media Screening Room, LeMieux Library

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CEUs Goals & Objectives:


  • To identify how the art of film and the art of psychotherapy can enrich and inform one another in ways that will be useful to clinical practice

Oct. 8, 2017 Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

  • To understand the use of caesura in film and its implications for catharsis in psychotherapy.
  • To better recognize the transgenerational, transpersonal, and transsubjective effects of trauma on time, memory, grief, and mourning.
  • To better understand the Uncanny and its link to repetition and related phenomena (ghosts, the spectral, and desire), art and psychotherapy.

Nov. 5, 2017 Embrace of the Serpent

  • To learn to think about “madness” as a cultural as well as an individual phenomenon.
  • To better understand how dreams can heal.
  • To have a deeper understanding of how our psyches and our ecosystems are interrelated.

Dec. 3, 2017 Grizzly Man

  • To understand and critically evaluate the role of nature and non-human animals as healer and/or psychotherapist.
  • To gain a deeper psychoanalytic understanding of elements of destructive narcissism underlying illusions of omnipotence.
  • To evaluate the use of film and other audiovisual or digital media in the development or maldevelopment of human individuation.