Thu, Mar 2, 2017 to Thu, Mar 23, 2017
7:30 - 9:00 pm
Diane Borden, Ph.D.
Eric P. Essman, MA
CE Credits: 
Participant Limit: 

$210 General Public
$155 Full Members
$142 CMH Members
$134 Friend of NCSPP Members
$134 Associate Members
$105 Student Members
$105 Scholarship (prior approval required to register at this fee)

Tuition listed above is for early registration ($40 discount off full fee, $15 discount for NCSPP Student Members). For registrations received after the deadline, full tuition will be applied to all registrations.

Tuition does not include the cost of readers.

Early Registration Deadline: 
February 16, 2017

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Course Overview: 

Freud’s “The Uncanny” (1919) interprets a feeling that links anxiety with wonder, the strange with the familiar. The Uncanny is associated with phenomena that appear to demonstrate the power of magical thinking, the ubiquity of paranormal events, the realization of unconscious wishes, the uncertain distinction between the animate and the inanimate, and the determinism of fate. One example of the uncanny is the encounter with the double or alter-ego, linked to splitting of the ego but also to imminent death. Jacques Lacan considered developmental aspects of the double in “The Mirror Stage” (1949). Along with discussing Freud’s and Lacan’s papers, we will investigate the theme of the double in four narrative films: Persona, The Double Life of Veronique, Birdman, and The Clouds of Sils Maria. Among other aspects of the double, these films illustrate psychotic merger, the work of mourning, and the reintegration of split-off parts of the self.

Course Objectives: 
  • Participants will be able to discuss Freud’s concept of The Uncanny.
  • Participants will be able to compare Lacan’s “Mirror Stage” with Winnicott’s maternal mirroring as applied to infant self-recognition and proto-integration.
  • Participants will be able to describe instances of psychopathology and mature development using film and short-story narratives.
  • Participants will be able to discuss cultural and transpersonal determinants of identity.
  • Participants will be able to describe how film aesthetics and techniques illustrate psychodynamic processes.
Empirical Reference: 

Westen, Drew. The scientific legacy of Sigmund Freud: Toward a psychodynamically informed psychological science. Psychological Bulletin, Vol 124(3), Nov 1998, 333-371.


Diane Borden, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Film and Literature, former Director of Film Studies, and former Chair of English at the University of the Pacific. She has published books, chapters, and journal articles on cinema and psychoanalysis and given papers and workshops at professional conferences in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Dr. Borden conducts study groups on film and psychoanalysis in San Francisco and the South Bay and has been a guest faculty at SFCP.

Eric Essman, MA, is Co-Chair of the NCSPP Intensive Study Group Committee, a board member of PINC, and has frequently contributed film and book reviews to fort da.

Target Audience & Level: 

This course is for licensed and unlicensed clinicians and others interested in the application of narrative film to psychoanalytic psychotherapy. 

Cancellation & Refund Policies: 

Enrollees who cancel at least SEVEN DAYS prior to the event date will receive a refund minus a $35 administrative charge. No refunds will be allowed after this time.  Transfer of registrations are not allowed.

Contact Information: 

For program related questions contact Cameron Murphey at or 425-652-2673.

For questions related to enrollment, locations, CE credit, special needs, course availability and other administrative issues contact Michele McGuinness by email or 415-496-9949.

Education Committee

The Education Committee is responsible for the development of a variety of courses and workshops given throughout the year in San Francisco and the East Bay.

Shannon Rogers, MFT, Chair
Clara Brandt, MA
Julia Conant, Psy.D.
Asya Grigorieva, Ph.D.
Morgan Lloyd, LCSW
Cameron Murphey, MFTi
Anna Zozulinsky, Ph.D.