A dilemma is an argument presenting two or more equally conclusive alternatives, none of which are pleasant or desirable. As a consequence, we prefer not to make such choices—even more so when the dilemma involves a moral choice, since “moral” is the differentiation of intentions, decisions, and actions between those that are good (or right) and those that are bad (or wrong). Assuming we are moral beings, by definition, “to be on the horns of a dilemma” is to have to choose between two poles that will result in some peril and some damage, regardless of our choice; even if either is moral, neither is free of consequence.
Psychoanalysis is uniquely gifted as a method to study morality and moral dilemmas because it takes into account more than just the conscious elements.
To explore the theme of moral dilemmas, seven films will be screened on a Friday, commencing promptly at 7:30. After a short break, the film’s discussant will present a formal paper that will lead the group into a general discussion.
Registration is limited to fifty participants.
- To apply psychoanalytic theory to the understanding of the themes and symbols of the films.
- To utilize dramatic sequences in the films to understand how the characters might be feeling and why.
- To learn to apply theories within psychoanalysis to understand which fits better to "decode" the films.
|October 26, 2012
||In a Better World (2010)
|November 30, 2012
||The Rif Lover (2011)
|January 25, 2013
||A Separation (2011)
|February 22, 2013
|March 22, 2013
||Shallow Grave (1994)
|April 26, 2013
||John Patrick Shanley
|May 31, 2013
||Mystic River (2003)
For further information, contact Maria Cadilha at firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-922-7770.
Full-time students in universities and colleges, and mental-health trainees are eligible for a 25% reduction in course fees. Proof of 2012/2013 status needs to be provided. Please contact the tps&i directly to register at a discount.
Refunds must be requested in writing two weeks prior to the beginning of a course. A handling fee of $30 will be retained. After these two weeks, fees cannot be returned.
Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits for psychiatrists, as accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and for family physicians from the College of Family Physicians, are available.
Arthur Caspary, PhD, psychoanalyst in private practice; head, Psychology Department and director of Internal Academic Training, Hincks Dellcrest Centre; faculty, Toronto Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis
Rex Collins, PhD, private practice child and adolescent therapy; graduate, Toronto Child Psychotherapy Program; guest, TPS
*Betty Kershner, PhD, registered psychologist in private practice, assessment and treatment of children, adults, and families. For the courts, for schools, for insurance, and for personal growth and satisfaction. Member, New Directions Program, Washington Psychoanalytic Institute.
Julio Szmuilowicz, MD, psychoanalyst in private practice; member and faculty, Toronto Psychoanalytic Society and Institute
*Ruhi Tuzlak, MBA, executive member, Society for the Advancement of Clinical Social Work of Toronto; adult education specialist, occupational health and safety professional, Toronto District School Board
*Barrie Wilson, PhD, professor, humanities and religious studies, York University; author of How Jesus Became Christian (2009) and The Lost Gospel (forthcoming)
*Robert Winer, MD, teaching analyst and chair, Faculty Committee, Washington Psychoanalytic Institute; chair, New Directions and Modern Perspectives on Psychotherapy Program, Washington Psychoanalytic Society; psychoanalyst in private practice, Bethesda, MD
* By invitation