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SIFF Series: Psychological Cinema

Our President, Dr. Craig Detweiler, is partnering with the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) for a three-week class exploring the complex dance between psychology and cinema. For three Wednesdays beginning October 17, Craig will lead an exploration of psychological cinema, from how we’ve treated mental illness (in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Lars and the Real Girl) to how obsessions can take a dangerous turn (in Vertigo and Safe). The class will conclude on Halloween Night with two imaginative cult classics that explore the monsters that bedevil us, Donnie Darko and The Babadook. Special guests will include Dr. Roy Barsness, Professor of Counseling Psychology, and Dr. Stephanie Neill, Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology, who will share how they utilize artful cinema in their teaching and practice.

Details and registration are available here, and Seattle School community members can use the code ‘PSYCH18’ for $10 off registration.


Dr. Craig Detweiler, PhD, was appointed as the third President of The Seattle School on January 1, 2018. A filmmaker, educator, and writer, Craig holds an MFA from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts and an MDiv and PhD in Theology and Culture from Fuller Theological Seminary. He is the author of Selfies: Searching for the Image of God in a Digital Age and iGods: How Technology Shapes Our Spiritual and Social Lives, among others.


Dr. Roy Barsness has been a therapist in private practice for more than 25 years. In addition to his role as Professor of Counseling Psychology at The Seattle School, he teaches at the Brookhaven Institute for Psychoanalysis & Christian Theology and holds, and he also enjoys forays into acting. His primary interest is in the intersection of psychoanalytic thought and theology.


Dr. Stephanie Neill is a clinical psychologist who has been in practice in Western Washington since 1990, and in the Los Angeles area prior to that. She began her work in the practicum program at The Seattle School in 2001 and now serves as Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology. She teaches courses in psychological history and theory, professional ethics, interpersonal neurobiology, practicum, and case conference supervision for interns.