Phantom Thread with Sandra E Cohen, Ph.D. The Psychoanalytic Center of California's Saturday Cinema on May 18, 2019

A Complete Viewing & Discussion
MAY 18, 2019




Still Shaking your head over last year’s Phantom Thread?

Come join us Saturday, May 18, 2019, from 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM for a complete viewing of Phantom Thread. Hear Dr. Sandra E. Cohen’s psychoanalytic discussion as she explores the unconscious roots and meaning of Reynolds and Alma’s dangerous feeding game. The question is: what does it have to do with the complex dynamics between obsessive control and dependency, love and loss?

Saturday, May 18, 2019, 10:00 am to 1:30 pm

PCC Office Classroom
11500 W. Olympic Blvd., Suite 445 Los Angeles, CA 90064

3.25 CME/CEU’s available

Register online @

Program Description

Paul Thomas Anderson is a master at portraying perverse relationships where the need for power overtakes everything else. If you’d like to know what was going on between Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) and his wife Alma (Vicky Krieps), PCC’s third Annual Saturday Cinema has some answers for you. After viewing the film together, Dr. Sandra Cohen’s discussion will use a psychoanalytic perspective to address several important themes underlying perverse behaviors. These include anxieties involved in perversion, obsessive control as a defense against dependency, and perversion as a defense against loss. There will be ample time for audience discussion.


MD’s, Psychologists, LCSW’s, MFT’s, Registered Nurses, and other learners interested in developing psychoanalytic understanding.

Course Objectives

As a result of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Articulate the unconscious function of obsessive rigidity, control and the need for power.
  2. Recognize how power over people serves to guard against unconscious anxieties;
  3. Demonstrate two anxieties that are defended against by perverse behaviors.

Program Faculty

Dr. Sandra Cohen is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Psychoanalytic Center of California and in private practice in Beverly Hills. You can follow her thoughts about your favorite film, TV, and book characters on her blog @www.characters

Program Schedule

9:45 am Registration and continental breakfast

10:00 am Showing of Phantom Thread

12:15 pm  Break

12:30 pm  Dr. Sandra E. Cohen, using psychoanalytic theory, analyzes the films main characters and perverse plots.

1:00 pm 1:30 pm  Group discussion along with Dr. Cohen

Continuing Education Credit

The Psychoanalytic Center of California is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Psychoanalytic Center of California designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in this activity.

As per the California Board of Psychology, psychologists may apply AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM earned by attendance at this CME accredited live activity toward their continuing education requirement for licensing.

The Psychoanalytic Center of California is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) to sponsor continuing education for LMFT’s and LCSW’s (CAMFT Approved Provider # 135374). This course meetsthequalificationsfor3.25 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. These learners must attend the entire course to claim credit; no partial credit is offered according to CAMFT requirements.

This course is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (Provider #CEP6003) for up to 3.25 contact hours.

The PCC maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

Claiming Credit: Participants will receive a certificate of attendance at the event, which can be used toward licensing requirements. Credit is offered for actual instruction time and does not include breaks.

Refunds/Cancellations: Refunds, less a $10 administrative fee, will be made if cancellation notification is phoned or postmarked three (3) business days in advance of this program. There will be no refunds on requests received after the refund deadline. Full refunds are made in the event that PCC must cancel this program.


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