The New School for Analytical Psychology invites you to attend:

A Film Seminar Series with Readings

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

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Jen sleeps. From Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

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.

Films include:

The Monkey Ghost. From Uncle Boonmee

The Monkey Ghost. From Uncle Boonmee

Thailand: Director Apichatpong Weerasethakul, “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives” (2010). A dying man sees his dead wife and other creatures of the spirit world as he hovers between the realms of the living, the dead, and the eternally returning.

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Crossing the Amazon. From Embrace of the Serpent

Colombia: Director Ciro Guerra, “Embrace of the Serpent” (2015). A Shaman in the Columbian Amazon is the last of his people still holding the memory of his culture’s knowledge, which stands on the verge of extinction after the collision with European colonialism and capitalism.

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“Grizzly Man” (2005)

United States: Director Werner Herzog, “Grizzly Man” (2005).
This is a documentary about Timothy Treadwell who lived many summers in the Alaskan wilderness where he envisioned himself protecting the grizzly bears and documented with film his time there.

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A smattering of the issues likely to emerge:

  • Cross cultural transmission
  • Intergenerational trauma
  • Addiction
  • Natality and Fatality

  • The nature of the healer and nature as healer
  • The therapeutic dyad and the container/frame
  • Individual, cultural, and species narcissism
  • Time, memory, and the revenant

About the Psychocinematics! Facilitators

Lisa Whitsitt, LMHC, CP, is a practicing psychotherapist, a working artist and one who believes in the transformative power of cinema.

Mylor Treneer, MA Ed, blogs about politics and culture at and works in the labor movement.

Kenneth Kimmel, Jungian Analyst, founding member of the New School for Analytical Psychology, has written extensively about film and psychoanalysis, and was a panel discussant at the recent Antonioni Film Series co-sponsored by the Northwest Film Forum.

Elizabeth Sikes, PhD, LMHCA, works at the intersection of psychology and philosophy as a psychotherapist, adjunct professor of philosophy at Seattle University, and writer.

When & Where & How Many?

Sundays 2-6 pm: Oct. 8, Nov. 5, Dec. 3, 2017
Seattle University 901 • 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

LeMieux Library, Media Screening Room
The seminars will be held at Seattle University’s media screening room, which boasts movie-theatre conditions—large, comfortable seating, high-tech video and audio.
Because of the intimate setting, participation is limited to 12 people.

How Much?

$150 for the series, including 4.5 CEUs. Reduced rate for students and candidates, $75.

The registration fee covers the seminar discussion. Film viewings are free.
Readings will be provided to participants well in advance of each seminar. Readings will range from contemporary psychoanalysis, philosophy, history, anthropology, and politics.
Contact Elizabeth Sikes for more information

Continuing Education


  • 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.

For More Information

Phone: (855) 760-8886
New School for Analytical Psychology
815 1st Avenue, #202
Seattle, WA 98104