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Friday, December 1, 2023 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Psychoanalytic Takes on the Cinema (The Matrix)

Discussion of the film

The Matrix

1999 (136 min)

Director: Lana Wachowski

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

Discussant: Celeste Kelly, Psy.D.

Date: Friday, December 1, 2023

4:00pm – 5:30pm ET

Via Zoom

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


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


Program Description:

The Matrix has been a sci-fi classic since its release in 1999. Queer folks began speculating about the trans themes of the film shortly thereafter and speculation only increased as the film’s co-writers and directors, the Wachowski sisters, transitioned in the 2010’s. But it wasn’t until 2020 that Lilly Wachowski publicly confirmed that the film was originally intended as a trans allegory. This presentation will revisit the Matrix within this framework to explore themes of gender identity development, coming out, transitioning and societal resistance, all within our current sociopolitical context of bills, bans and violence against trans bodies. As the Matrix reminds us, trans stories have always been here and always will be.


Celeste Kelly, PsyD (they/she), is a graduate and former postdoctoral fellow of the Professional Psychology Program of GWU, currently working in private practice on occupied Powhatan land now known as Richmond, VA. Their clinical practice focuses primarily on gender and sexual identity development, trauma, and couple therapy. They are interested in learning and writing about the intersection/interaction of therapist and patient identities.

 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 2 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.

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, December 1, 2023
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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