Sun, Mar 8, 2020

Spark Arts

4229 18th Street
San Francisco, CA 94114
Reyna Cowan, Psy.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: 
February 23, 2020
This event has been cancelled.


Leave No Trace

Course Overview: 

Join the Pre-licensed Clinicians Committee and Dr. Cowan for a screening and discussion of Leave No Trace, an evocative, poignant film about the relationship between a Veteran and his newly adolescent daughter. The film explores the legacy of war trauma and the pressures this father and daughter face as they interact with Social Services, experience homelessness, and lose their protected and secluded world. Through a psychoanalytic lens, Dr. Cowan will discuss the film’s themes, the emotional development of this young girl, and filmmaker Debra Granik’s deep and sensitive vision.

Commitment to Equity: 

NCSPP is aware that historically psychoanalysis has either excluded or pathologized groups outside of the dominant population in terms of age, race, ethnicity, nationality, language, gender, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, disability, and size. As an organization, we are committed to bringing awareness to matters of anti-oppression, inequity, inequality, diversity, and inclusion as they pertain to our educational offerings, our theoretical orientation, our community, and the broader world we all inhabit.

Presenters Response:

Leave No Trace explores themes related to the legacy of war trauma as the characters in the film withdraw from society. The film captures the pressures that the protagonists face as they interact with Social Services and lose their protected and secluded world. The impact of homelessness, concerns about safety and the impact of having others take away a person's choice to make about one’s life decisions will be discussed. Additionally, the emotional development of a young adolescent girl, as well as the deep and sensitive vision of Debra Granik, the filmmaker, will be explored.


Reyna Cowan, Psy.D., LCSW, is a psychoanalyst, a personal and supervising analyst at PINC, and is on faculty at both PINC and SFCP. She teaches widely throughout the Bay Area and has a private practice in Oakland, where she works with adults, couples, adolescents, and children.

Target Audience & Level: 

This film screening is open to all who are interested in the linking of film and psychoanalysis.

Cancellation & Refund Policies: 

No refunds will be allowed for this event.

Contact Information: 

For program related questions contact Brittan Chow 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
Kira Bartholomew
Brittan Chow, MA
Brian Kuennemeier, Psy.D.
Ronna Milo Haglili, MA
Kylie Svenson, MSW