In the Community - Lectures and Seminars
Continuing education/community education individual courses for mental health professionals and for educators and professionals working with children and adolescents and for the community at large are presented by the Institute during our academic year. Spring of 2014 promises to be an exciting one, with presentations on Unspoken Traumas; When Adolescents Present with Eating Disorders: Clinical Lacan; Creativity and Sculpture; The Schizoid Life, Songs and Suicide of Kurt Cobain; Projections Spring Film Series; and more.
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This intimate film series takes place in a cozy setting, Classroom A at the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute in Clayton. Each film will be introduced by the discussant, and an informal conversation about themes, issues, and insights will follow the screening.
Projections Spring Film Series
May 9, 16, 23, 2014
7:30 p.m. $20 per film LIMITED SEATING!
Friday, May 9, 2014
Britt-Marie Schiller, PhD, Discussant
Shame is about the self, in contrast to guilt, which is about an action. It is about feeling broken, defective and unlovable, a painfully difficult emotion, which makes you want to hide. In this 2011 film, directed by Steve McQueen, Brandon, played by Michael Fassbender, a successful young businessman in New York, attempts to deal with his shame by a sex-addiction. His sister, Sissy (Carey Mulligan) arrives at his apartment and exposes Brandon’s addiction and thereby, his shame. The film explores the dynamics of shame, and the attempt to reaffirm a sense of internal control, but does not make known the origin of the shame. (2011, 101 minutes)
Friday, May 16, 2014
Donna Bonan, JD
This acclaimed documentary gives entrée to the mind of Timothy (Speed) Levitch, a Gray Line tour guide in New York and a fascinating character in his own right. Speed's tour loop is part of an "ongoing search for perfection," as he tries to "rewrite the souls" of his customers. Riding through the concrete canyons of the city, Speed indulges in a verbal orgy and often loses himself in identification with its landmarks – relating, for example, to the Brooklyn Bridge "because it doesn't contradict me." The viewer of this provocative film is invited to put Speed on the couch and use his/her counter-transference to analyze what exactly holds Speed's fragile self together. (1998, 76 min.)
Friday, May 23, 2014
Phoebe Cirio, MSW
Melancholia, directed by Lars von Trier, is informed by his experience of depression, which has at times been so severe, it rendered him unable to work. Van Trier regards depression as a state of unrequited longing, which is not ever resolved through mourning. The film is surreal, and mixes reality and dream-states, which facilitates a deep exploration of the mental state of depression. Depression is depicted through the clinical depression suffered by the character of Justine, played by Kirsten Dunst, who walks out of her marriage the night of her wedding. But all of us, the other characters, and the audience, are forced to confront living and dying, because a planet, Melancholia, has appeared in the sky, and threatens to collide with Earth. Should this disaster occur, all life on Earth will be eradicated. We see how each of the characters grapples with the anxiety caused by the uncertainty of how this planet will behave. Is the world coming to an end? No one is sure whether it will crash into Earth or not. The film also stars Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland, and Alexander Skarsgard. (2011, 136 min.)