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Taxi Driver with discussant David Stevens, Ph.D. (Film)

  • May 14, 2021
  • 6:15 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Virtual using Zoom
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The purpose of the film series is to encourage psychoanalytic dialogue with respect to creativity and movies. 

Description: Suffering from insomnia, disturbed loner Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) takes a job as a New York City cabbie, haunting the streets nightly, growing increasingly detached from reality as he dreams of cleaning up the filthy city. When Travis meets pretty campaign worker Betsy (Cybill Shepherd), he becomes obsessed with the idea of saving the world, first plotting to assassinate a presidential candidate, then directing his attentions toward rescuing 12-year-old prostitute Iris (Jodie Foster).

  —  Summary provided by Rovi (Fandando)


  1. Explain the connection between some forms of combat related PTSD, a felt sense of helplessness and grandiosity.
  2. Describe how social alienation can interact with some forms of PTSD to engender violent fantasies and actions.

Discussant Biography: Dr. Stevens is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice who works with adolescents and adults. He earned his PhD in Clinical Psychology from CU and received his psychoanalytic training at the Denver Institute for Psychoanalysis where he has been a faculty member for more than twenty-five years.

Registration: Registration is required. The Zoom link will be emailed to registrants 24 hours before the event. Registration closes at noon on May 13th.

Film: Please watch the film prior to the discussion. Taxi Driver is currently on Netflix (for those with a subscription). It can also be rented (from $2.99-$3.99) for viewing from many platforms such as Prime VideoiTunes, Vudu, FandangoNow, Google Play, etc.

Cost: While this event is free and open to the public, there is a fee for those who would like to receive CME credit. Please choose the appropriate level when registering.

  • CME credit for DPS Members: $20
  • CME credit for non DPS Members: $30
  • No CME credit: Free - $0

Cancellation: There will be no refunds within 7 days of the event.

CME Certificates:  In order to receive a CME certificate, the attendee must: pre-register, pay in full, sign the attendance sheet, attend the entire session, and complete an evaluation within 14 days after the program. CME certificates will be sent by email within a month following the event after attendees are cross referenced by registration, payment, sign-in, and completion of the evaluation.  

Cancellation and Certificate Replacement Policy: There will be no refunds of fees for cancellations within 7 days of the event.  If awarded a CME certificate, please retain for your records. There will be a $3 charge if the Society office has to resend a certificate.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation require-ments and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Psychoanalytic Association and The Denver Psychoanalytic Society. 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)™. 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.

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