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WCSPP Film Night: Petite Maman

March 3 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm EST


2 CE Hours available to NYS LCSWs, LMSWs, LPs, LMFTs, LMHCs, LCATs, Psychologists and PsyDs

This film is available for viewing on Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, or Google Play before the event.

Friday, March 3, 2023

7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Admission with CE: $20

A discussion will be facilitated via ZOOM by



Petite Maman is a jewel of a film, written and directed by Celine Sciamma. It is part fairy tale, part stunning case study of mothers and daughters across three generations, trying to find each other across three spans of time. The past, present, and future lose their boundaries in the camera’s eye just as mothers and daughters shift places in their roles, becoming each others’ essential best friends and companions even in the face of loss, betrayal, and pain. The autobiographical roots that anchor this film are beautifully explained in the words of one character: “secrets,” she declares, “aren’t always things we try to hide. There’s just no one there to tell them to.” The moviegoer, akin to the therapist, is privileged to fill that void.

Kate Washton, LCSW, is a supervisor and former director of the Child-Adolescent-Program at WCSPP. She is in private practice in Bronxville, NY, working with all ages. She also works with adolescent girls at the YWCA of Yonkers.

Sarah Fisher, LCSW, is a 2nd year CAPP student. She has over 25 years of experience working with children, adolescents and families in Westchester County. She is currently working with Westchester Jewish Community Services (WJCS) as Director of a mobile crisis team in northern Westchester County.


Description of Teaching Method:

Attendees will access and watch the film prior to the event and come prepared for an introduction to and formal presentation of ideas generated by the film and a group discussion of the film. The presentation will relate directly to the psychological and societal import of the film and its themes, how they emerge in clinical settings, and how they impact societies. The first hour will focus on the presentation. The second hour will focus on thoughts and questions raised by attendees, interwoven with clinical material. Special attention will be paid to the mother-child relationship, the impact of generational trauma on child development, and the unique complexities of navigating grief at a young age.

Learning Objectives

1. Attendees will be able to address the importance of imagination as a tool for mastering traumatic experience.

2. Attendees will be able to reference mother-child role reversal.

3. Attendees will be able to recognize the role of one’s history in connection to depression.

Costs, refunds, and cancellation policy: payment is organized through Eventbrite. Unlikely cancellations will be announced via email.

The Westchester Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy is recognized by NY State Education Department’s State Board of Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Psychologists #PSY-0050; Licensed Clinical Social Workers #SW-0063; Licensed Psychoanalysts #P-0027; Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists #MFT-0040; Licensed Mental Health Counselors #MHC-0075; and Licensed Creative Arts Therapists #CAT-0028

A completed evaluation must be submitted at the end of the event.

Who should attend: NY Psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, psychoanalysts, other mental health professionals, nurses, and graduate students.


March 3
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm EST