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Friday, October 27, 2023 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Psychoanalytic Takes on the Cinema (The Invitation)

Discussion of the film

The Invitation

2015 (104 min)

Director: Karyn Kusama

*** Film must be viewed prior to event.***

Discussant: Alex Smith, Psy.D.

Date: Friday, October 27, 2023

4:00pm – 5:30pm ET

Via Zoom

Registration Link: https://wbcp.memberclicks.net/registration-dc-cinema-invitation


For a complete list of dates, presenters, learning objectives, and detailed CME/CE information see flyer on the registration page.

Registration Fees: 

I do not need CME/CE. – $0.00

1.5 CME/CE – $30.00


Film Description:

When a man accepts an invitation to a dinner party hosted by his ex-wife, the unsettling past reopens old wounds and creates new tensions.


While often speculative and hopefully morbid, horror cinema is uniquely equipped to lay bare the unthinkable, shifting our fears and wishes into the realm of the far-fetched. While Karyn Kusama grounds The Invitation in expertly rendered characters and a downbeat, albeit slippery, realism, she hews closely to the mechanics of the horror narrative, utilizing fantastical motifs to meditate deeply on resurrection, grief, and the diffusion of the self. In this discussion, we will continue our celebration of the effectiveness of horror in portraying the profoundly human through the profoundly fantastical. We will work to peeling back the layers of horror to reveal the determinants driving the fantastical, exploring how The Invitation iterates on themes of death and resurrection. We will also look at the classical horror motif of the cult and its representation in horror narratives, examining its utility, and the psychoanalytic underpinnings of the fascination of horror with cults and forbidden belief-systems.

There is no known commercial support for this program.
CVs available upon request.

CE Information:

Continuing Medical Education – This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and The Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis, Inc. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s)* to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

* Financial relationships are relevant if the educational content an individual can control is related to the business lines or products of the ineligible company. Updated July 2021

Continuing Education – Social Workers – The programs of The Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis, Inc. meet the criteria for continuing education as defined by the District of Columbia and Virginia Boards of Social Work, and the American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work. The Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis, Inc. designates this program as a continuing education activity for social work for 1 credit hour per hour for this activity.

The Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis, Inc. is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education programs and maintains full responsibility for this program. This training qualifies for Category 1 continuing education units.

Continuing Education – Psychologists – The Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis, Inc. is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis, Inc. maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Continuing Education – Licensed Professional Counselors – The Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis, Inc. continuing education credits meet the criteria and may be submitted for re-licensure of LPCs in Maryland, DC, and Virginia. This program/activity has been approved by the Maryland State Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists to satisfy Category A continuing education requirements.



Friday, October 27, 2023
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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