Sun, Oct 20, 2019
12:00 - 4:00

Spark Arts

4229 18th Street
San Francisco, CA 94114
Diane Borden, Ph.D.
Salon | Social Event
CE Credits: 
Participant Limit: 

$18 General Public
$15 NCSPP Members

Tuition listed above is for early registration, $5 discount off full fee. For registrations received after the deadline, full tuition will be applied to all registrations.

Early Registration Deadline: 
October 06, 2019
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Clouds of Sils Maria

Course Overview: 

Join the PLC and Dr. Diane Borden for a screening and discussion of the 2014 film Clouds of Sils Maria, a French-German-Swissco-production set in Sils Maria, Switzerland, starring Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart, and Chloë Grace Moretz. Following the screening, Dr. Borden will discuss the film’s themes through a psychoanalytic and depth orientation, including aging and the acceptance of life changes, the impact of technology on human relationships, merging and separation of identity, and  transform- ative retreat in the sublime and in the setting of the Swiss Alps. Popcorn will be served. 

(The technological difficulties encountered during the last movie matinee have been resolved in this new venue).


Diane Borden, Ph.D., is Professor Emerita of Film, Literature, and Psychoanalysis at the University of the Pacific. She has published books, chapters, and journal articles on cinema and psychoanalysis and conducts a study group on film and psychoanalysis in San Francisco. Dr. Borden has been guest faculty at SFCP/SFPI, formerly chaired the Board of Trustees at SFCP, and currently sits on the NCSPP faculty. She has a special interest in trauma, perversion, and group process.

Target Audience & Level: 

This program is for all graduate students, mental health professionals and non-professional individuals interested in watching and discussing a movie from a psychoanalytic lens.

Cancellation & Refund Policies: 

No refunds will be allowed for this event.

Contact Information: 

For program related questions contact Priscille Schwarcz-Besson at

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.

Pre-licensed Clinician Members Committee

The Pre-licensed Clinician Members Committee focuses on outreach to Bay Area psychology students and brings NCSPP-affiliated psychologists to local graduate schools. The committee focuses on supporting professional development, as well as fostering community-building and networking among the next generation of psychoanalytic psychotherapists.

Priscille Schwarcz-Besson, Ph.D., Chair
Brittan Chow, MA
Brian Kuennemeier, Psy.D.
Ronna Milo Haglili, MA
Chloe Russell, Psy.D.
Kylie Svenson, MSW