4 CE Credits/Hours - Online Course - $39.00
Developed by Birgit Wolz, Ph.D.
This course is also offered as part of two different Certificate Programs:
Cinema Therapy 14 CE Credits
Treatment & Education Through Cinema 37 CE Credits
This course includes materials consisting of:
General Course Description
Movies affect us powerfully because the synergistic impact of music, dialogue, lighting, camera angles and sound effects enables a film to bypass our ordinary defensive censors. They draw us into the viewing experience and at the same time - often more easily than in real life - afford a unique opportunity to retain a perspective outside the experience, the observer's view
This unique and innovative course will teach therapists how to help clients build a bridge between their realizations in "reel" life and their experiences in real life. It will show that this can be therapeutic, transformational and can shorten the course of therapy by facilitating insights and bolstering the therapeutic alliance. Cinema Therapy, a modality drawing increased interest amongst therapists, uses the impact of movies to help clients change negative beliefs, manage destructive emotions, develop self-esteem, discover forgotten strengths and grow in the face of a loss or disappointment.
The course consists of two articles. The first, Cinema Therapy: Using the Power of Imagery in Films for the Therapeutic Process, details the background and clinical utility of Cinema Therapy and explains how it can be integrated into the (standard) therapeutic process with individuals, families and groups. The second article, Resources for Therapists and Their Clients, provides therapists with resources that they can use in implementing Cinema Therapy and additional resources to give to clients, when and if appropriate.
Due to copyright laws, this course does not include movie clips, only descriptions of the movies.
Disclaimer: This course is purely educational and does not intend to serve as a license (or permission) to mental health professionals to prescribe or practice any of the approaches discussed in this course unless they fall within the scope of practice of your profession. Check with your licensing board about the scope of practice of your profession to make sure you practice within that scope.
This course will teach psychotherapists to:
1. Explain how and why movies affect the psyche.
2. Define the healing and transformational power certain films have for clients.
3. Teach clients to watch films with conscious awareness.
4. Utilized a client's film experience in the context of traditional therapeutic orientations with individuals, couples, families and groups.
5. Illustrate Cinema Therapy techniques and how to use them.
6. List the guidelines to give to clients.
7. Identify the limitations of Cinema Therapy.
Roots and background of Cinema Therapy
How the therapeutic effect of the movie Experience can be explained
Watching movies with conscious awareness
Ways to integrate films into the therapeutic process
Ways films aid the therapeutic process
Film experience and different therapeutic approaches
Couples and family therapy
Self-discovery, healing and growth through work with matrices
Guidelines and limitation
Resources for therapists
Resources for therapists to give to clients