Public Courses & Presentations

Special Programs for the Public

at the

New Center For Psychoanalysis- Extension Division
2014 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025
Tel: 310.478.6541 • Fax: 310.477.5968
Email: info@n-c-p.org

For a listing of Current Programs

in the

New Center for Psychoanalysis

Film & Mind Series

open to the public

please go to


note from Dr. Brod: the following old listings of programs coordinated by Dr. Brod may be of interest.  Please see above link for information on current programming.


Spring 2010, New Center For Psychoanalysis presented a series of screenings of Charlie Kaufman films with psychoanalytic discussion




Mirrors, Mirrors in the Mind:

Reflections on the Films of Charlie Kaufman.

April 24, 2010, Saturday 9:00 - 4:30

NRB auditorium (Neuroscience Research Bldg, 635 South Charles E Young Drive) on the UCLA campus


The films of writer Charlie Kaufman – including Being John MalkovichAdaptation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Synecdoche NY are entertainments that satisfy academic and psychoanalytic exploration.  The subjects of consciousness, integrity and loss are common themes in these stylistically different films. These films raise questions about the creative process as defensive vs. growth-promoting mental activities; illustrate how we live with internal primitive mental states in a nuanced world of human relatedness; and explore themes of loss and memory, trauma and finitude.  Charlie Kaufman’s films provide insight into the pain and projections that fly between people and create havoc in relationships. Clips from the films illustrate the morning talks; Synechdoche NY is screened and discussed in the afternoon. 

Sponsored by New Center for Psychoanalysis

And Psychoanalytic Center of California

In cooperation with the Department of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences and the Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior at UCLA

for current information click here




    Thomas M Brod, MD (moderator)

Thomas M. Brod, MD is an Associate Clinical Professor, Psychiatry, Geffen UCLA School of Medicine, and faculty, New Center for Psychoanalysis.  He has organized a number of interdisciplinary conferences for the arts and psychoanalytic communities.

   Julia M Schwartz, MD-presenter

Julia M. Schwartz, M.D  is a training and supervising analyst at the Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles, California where she is in private practice.  In addition to her professional clinical work, she is an artist whose abstract figurative paintings have been exhibited nationally and are held in many private collections. 

Jon Tabakin, PhD-presenter

Jon Tabakin, Ph.D., is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Psychoanalytic Center of California.  He is also a pianist and composer with a Degree in Music Composition and a minor in English Literature from UCLA. 

Jeffrey Trop, MD-presenter

Jeffrey Trop, MD is Honorary Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry; UCLA School of Medicine, Training, Supervising Analyst, Faculty, Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Los Angeles, Ca.

Apurva Shah, MD-discussant

Apurva Shah MD divides his year practicing in Lancaster CA and teaching in Ahmedabad, India.  He trained in adult and child psychiatry at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, and was a candidate at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute before returning to India.

Janet K.Smith PhD-discussant

Janet K. Smith, PhD, is a psychologist and psychoanalyst at The New Center of Pyschoanalysis and the Psychoanalytic Center of California where she teaches in the core programs. She is senior faculty in the Eating Disorders certificate course in the NCP Extension Program. She is in private practice in West Los Angeles. 

   Peter Wolson PhD-discussant

Peter Wolson, Ph.D., is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies (LAISPS), is on the Resident Faculty of the Wright Institute Los Angeles and has a private practice in Beverly Hills. In addition to his professional writings, his op-ed pieces have been used by the Los Angeles Times, the Huffington Post and Counterpunch.

Learning Objectives (for Continuing Education Units):

  • Examine the difference between self-referential thinking and narcissism according to contemporary and classical definitions;
  • Differentiate features of ruminative self-absorption from recursive self-reflection;
  • Discuss contamination fantasies in the self-mirroring mind;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of Projective Identification as illustrated in the Kaufman films;
  • Apply the concept of Emergence in the conduct of psychoanalytic treatment;
  • Differentiate open (depressive) systems of mourning and loss from closed (schizoid) systems
  • Apply transference/countertransference dynamics in broader human experience.

 Saturday, April 24, 2010

9:00 AM–4:30 PM    CE credits: 6

Fee:  $ 35 no CE credit;  $ 80 with 6 CE/CME credits

call 310-478-6541 for advanced registration discount

UCLA Psychiatry trainees free

NRB auditorium in the Neuroscience Research Building

635 South Charles E Young Drive) on the UCLA campus

Conference Schedule

9-9:30: Reflections-Comic and Poignant —Thomas M. Brod, MD

9:30-10 am Pain and Confusion and the Need to Get Rid of One's Mind--Jon Tabakin, PhD

10- 10:30     Trauma, Loss, and the Collapse of Time and Memory Julia M. Schwartz, MD

10:30-11 general discussion 

11-11:15 break

11:15-11:45  Themes of Personal Agency and Selfhood--Jeffrey Trop, MD

11:45-noon general discussion

1:15-4 pm  Part II: "Synecdoche NY"--A  Dream of Self Passage

Introduction-Dr. Brod

Screening of the film with a break at midpoint.

Panel Discussion with Apuva Shah, MD, Janet K. Smith, PhD, Peter Wolson, PhD (moderated by Dr. Brod)

General Discussion ]



film: Charlie Kaufman's

Synecdoche NY


Thomas M. Brod, MD, Apurva Shah, MD, and Jeffrey Trop, M.D.

November 13, 2009

Friday 7:30 p.m.
Fee: $10.00 ($20 for CEUs)

Charlie Kaufman has created a masterwork. After writing the films, Being John Malkovich (1999), Adaptation (2002), and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), Kaufman himself directs Synecdoche NY (2008). The film is a dream whose manifest narrative folds on itself with self-mirrored twists until we spiral into its navel. Philip Seymour Hoffman plays a morose, depressed theatre director who sees his body breaking down as his family life unravels and decides to stage an ambitious theatrical work that will leave him remembered after he dies; the work he is staging becomes confused with his life...and death.

• Discuss the difference between self-referential thinking and narcissism according to contemporary and classical definitions
• Differentiate unconscious self-destructive instinctual behavior from paradoxical death consciousness
• Discuss contamination fantasies in the self-mirroring mind


Louise Bourgeois: The Psychoanalytic Perspective
SUNDAY, JAN 18, 2010 2-4pm
MOCA Grand Avenue

Louise Bourgeois famously mined the unconscious for imagery that informs her prolific oeuvre. Join Los Angeles-based psychoanalysts from the C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles, The Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies (LAISPS), Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, the New Center for Psychoanalysis, and The Psychoanalytic Center of California for gallery-based discussions of selected artworks in the exhibition Louise Bourgeois. Participants include: Samoan Barish, Ph.D.; Thomas M. Brod, M.D.; Joanne Culbert-Koehn; Ph.D.; Esther Dreifuss Kattan, Ph.D.; Beverly Feinstein, M.D.; Carol Hekman, Ph.D.; Aline Lapierre, Psy.D.; Barry Miller, Ph.D.; and Desy Safán-Gerard, Ph.D. INFO 213/621-1745 or education@moca.org
FREE with museum admission

Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol:

A Psychoanalytic Reading

presented December 2010, 2012, 2014

Flight of the Red Balloon

December 5, 2008

7:30 p.m.

Inspired by the classic Red Balloon, this widely acclaimed film by Hsiao-hsien Hou, starring Juliet Binoche, is about a little boy and his babysitter who inhabit the same imaginary world where they are followed by a strange red balloon.  It is in fact a moody study of childhood loneliness.

Film Objectives:
• Identify Bion's concepts of analytic reverie, and the container and the contained
• Describe the omnipotent object in the paranoid-schizoid and depressive positions

Discussants: Thomas Brod, M.D., Apurvah Shah, M.D.

Time: 7:30 PM
Place: New Center for Psychoanalysis
Cost: $15 per film without CE credits; $20 per film with credit.
CE Credits: 2.5


October 17, 2008

Roman Polanski's brooding filmnoir of Los Angeles of the 1930s starring Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston, with Oscar-winning script by Robert Towne. "One of the greatest, most completely satisfying crime films of all time." Participants should have seen the film before hand, as portions will not be shown so there will be sufficient time for psychoanalytic discussion.

Film Discussion Objectives:
• Discuss the dynamics of the "compulsion to repeat" from variouspsychoanalytic points of view
• Analyze psychological damage when the incest taboo is violated

Discussants: Thomas Brod, M.D., Apurvah Shah, M.D.


Time: 7:30 PM
Place: New Center for Psychoanalysis
Cost: $15 per film without CE credits; $20 per film with credit.
CE Credits: 2.5

past programs

Crimes & Misdemeanors
April 11, 2008

This 1989 release is Woody Allen's tragic-comic meditation on guilt in a universe without moral force. Martin Landau, a successful doctor, contemplates murdering a former mistress who threatens his easy life while Woody Allen, an unsuccessful filmmaker, contemplates having an extramarital affair. A subplot involves Allen making a film about his successful, conceited brother-in-law (Alan Alda). This film, alongside Annie Hall may be one of Woody Allen's greatest achievements.

June 6, 2008

Woody Allen strikes again in 1990 creating Alice starring Joe Mantegna, William Hurt, Mia Farrow, Alec Baldwin, and Cybil Shepherd. This film followed Crimes and Misdemeanors, explores the theme of moral disorder with a comedic palate and a whimsical mood. Allen adds a wizard figure of inscrutable wisdom and power who manifests the childish wish for an omnipotent guide in the face of danger.


Discussants: Thomas Brod, M.D. is on the faculty of the New Center, Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA, and conducts a private practice in West Los Angeles.
Apurva Shah, M.D. divides his year practicing in Lancaster, CA and teaching in Ahmedabad, India. He trained in Adult and Child Psychiatry at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, NYC, and was a candidate at the NY Psychoanalytic Institute prior to returning to India.


October 5, 2007
Canadian academy award nominee 2006.

Water is a gem of a film by Deepa Mehta, a wonderful example of the power of great film-making to carry us into unknown worlds and leave us enlightened and delighted/disturbed. Its political message about suffering caused by religious fundamentalism (here, Hinduism and its treatment of child-brides until the middle of the last century) is a subtext carried through the emotional harmonics of a forbidden-love story (heterosexual*) and the caring of women for each other.

*Deepa Mehta's prior film was Fire, which explored the bond of love that developed between two women in a matrilineal household.

Co-Discussants: Thomas Brod, M.D. & Apurva V. Shah M.D.

Apurva V. Shah MD is a graduate of Gujarat University Medical College, India, and completed adult and child psychiatric residency/fellowship at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York City, USA. He was a candidate at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute for two years before returning to India. Since 1996 he has divided his time between practise in Los Angeles and India (where he is Director of an NGO specializing in analytically oriented training for psychotherapists in Ahmedabad).

Art, Feminism, and Psychoanalysis

A Special Afternoon in conjunction with

the Museum of Contemporary Art,

New Center for Psychoanalysis,

 Los Angeles Institute & Society for Psychoanalytic Studies,

and the C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles

Sunday, June 3, 2007  2-6 pm

Location: MOCA Geffen Contemporary

152 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90013

WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution is the first comprehensive, historical exhibition to examine the foundations and legacy of feminist art on an international scale.  . WACK! focuses on the crucial period 1965-1980 and is on view at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA from March 4 –July 16, 2007.


Panel with Audience Discussion 2:00 -4:15 pm

Thomas M. Brod, MD (moderator)

Esther Dreifuss-Kattan, PhD Eva Hesse’s “Hang Up” (1966) - Art, Psychoanalysis and Feminism.

Brandon French, PhD Feminism, Film, and Psychoanalysis

Tamar Simon Hoffs Groundswell: Feminism and Art School in the 50’s/60’s.

Carol Mayhew, PhD, PsyD Culture Shifts: Mutual Influences of Psychoanalysts and Feminists

Please note: The Panel will be held in the auditorium next door to the WACK exhibition, at the Japan-American Museum’s National Center for the Preservation of Democracy, 111 N. Central Avenue.

Gallery Discussions 4:30-6:00 pm

Psychoanalysts—trained by the MOCA educational staff to facilitate small, spontaneous, on-site discussion groups— will stand by individual art work giving psychoanalytic “docent” tours. 

Reception (by invitation) 6:00-6:45 pm

New Center for Psychoanalysis Extension  WACK! Art Feminism and Psychoanalysis MOCA June 3 2007



New Center for Psychoanalysis (Extension) Film Series

Friday May 4, 2007


Acadamy Award winner Juliette Binoche stars in Caché, a pscychological thriller about a TV talk show host and his wife who are terrorized by surveillance videos of their private life.  It is director Michael Haneke’s masterful rendition of the hidden  power of guilt.  Thomas M. Brod, MD, discussant.

Observing the Erotic Imagination--film series:

Ten Friday Nights
September 2006 through February 2007
Time: 7:30 PM
Place: New Center for Psychoanalysis
Cost: $15

more info

Observing the Erotic Imagination--course:

Date: Saturday January 27, 2007
Time: 8:45 AM 4:15 PM
Place: New Center for Psychoanalysis
Cost: $120 [pre-register]; $125 at the door
CEUs: 6

more info

Psychedelic Therapy Beyond "Sitting": A Potential Role for Psychoanalysis with Drug-Induced Ecstatic/Mystical States.  presenter Dan Merkur, PhD

Date: Saturday, October 21, 2006
Time: 10 AM - 12 PM
Place: New Center for Psychoanalysis
Cost: $35 [pre-register]; $40 at the door

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Thomas M Brod, M.D.
Phone: (310) 207-3337 • Fax: (310) 207-1109 • E-mail: tbrod@ucla.edu
12304 Santa Monica Blvd. #210 Los Angeles, CA 90025
(one block west of Bundy Blvd)