Mysterious Skin: A Special Film Screening and Discussion

  • 07 Dec 2012
  • 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Rockland Mansion: East Fairmount Park| 3810 Mount Pleasant Drive| Philadelphia, PA 19121
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REGISTRATION IS NOT AVAILABLE ONLINE. Please see registration information below. For Registration contact Ben Diamond. He can be contacted up until the day of the event or you can register at the event. NON-members check-in and make payment at the event.


* Psychoanalytic Forum *


A Special Film Screening and Discussion

Co-sponsored by the Philadelphia Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology


Mysterious Skin

An award-winning film from director Gregg Araki

Friday, December 7, 2012

7:30-10:00 PM


Discussion Leaders:

John Frank, MD -

Faculty, Institute of the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia

Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Drexel University College of Medicine

Barbara Goldsmith, PsyD -

Adjunct Professor, Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology, Widener University

Faculty, Institute for Relational Psychoanalysis in Philadelphia                   


Director Gregg Araki’s Mysterious Skin, adapted from Scott Heim’s acclaimed novel, is an intensely powerful chronicle of childhood innocence lost. The film features starmaking turns from Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Brady Corbet alongside outstanding performances from co-stars Michelle Trachtenberg, Mary Lynn Rajskub and Academy Award nominee Elizabeth Shue.

At the age of eight, Kansas youngsters Neil and Brian played on the same little league baseball team. Now, ten years later, the two boys couldn’t be more different. Neil is a charismatic but emotionally aloof male hustler while Brian is a nervous introvert obsessed with the idea that he has been abducted by a UFO. When the boys’ parallel lives inevitable intersect, the pair unearth dark, repressed secrets on a harrowing and unforgettable journey of self discovery.


After attending this program, participants will be able to:

1. Compare how trauma, memory, and repetitive acts are played out in Neil and Brian's symptoms and behavior.

2. Explain how the "mysterious skin" title connects internal psychological and external reality.

3. Compare differences in the vulnerabilities and resilience of the older and younger generations.

4. Discuss how attachment relationships and intimacy are portrayed in the film.

We would like to thank the Foundation of the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia

for its generous support of our Psychoanalytic Forums

Two and a half (2.5) hours

CME/CE credit available

Free to PCOP/PSPP members and those with a student/resident ID

$20 admission fee for non-members, applicable to CME/CE credits ($20 per credit hour)

Registration, Location & Contact:

For registration information and to REGISTER, please contact the administrative office of the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia

Rockland – East Fairmount Park

3810 Mt. Pleasant Drive

Philadelphia, PA  19121

TO REGISTER: Please call or e-mail

Ben Diamond




This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia. 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 2.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. 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 of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Continuing Education for Psychologists (CE):

The Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  The Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Continuing Education for Social Workers (CE):  In accordance with the requirements of the Commonwealth of PA dated 12/23/06 [49 PA. CODE 47undefined49], the American Psychological Association (APA) is a pre-approved provider for social workers and clinical social workers in the State of Pennsylvania and the Psychoanalytic Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education programs.

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