5 CE Credits/Hours - Online Course - $49.00
Developed by Birgit Wolz, Ph.D.
This course is also offered as part of three different Certificate Programs:
Cinema Therapy 14 CE Credits
Treatment & Education Through Cinema 37 CE Credits
Positive Psychology 39 CE Credits
This course includes materials consisting of:
General Course Description
Positive psychology is a recent branch of psychology that studies the strengths and virtues that enable individuals and communities to thrive. Recently, researchers and practitioners in the field of positive psychotherapy have developed interventions for the clinical setting to treat psychological problems effectively by building positive resources and buffer against their future reoccurrence. Because film characters frequently model the development of the desired virtues and strengths, movies can become natural vehicles for the processes of Positive Cinema Therapy.
Films like Grand Canyon or Crash, for example, can be used to support and strengthen open-mindedness. People who are able to forgive easily and those who frequently experience gratitude tend to be less depressed than individuals without these strengths. Movies like The Story of Us or The Straight Story support forgiveness, and gratitude is powerfully displayed in It's a Wonderful Life. When a client struggles with anxiety and self-esteem issues, films like Places in the Heart or Billy Elliot are recommended in combination with positive psychotherapy exercises because they can support the development of courage. The capacity to love can be developed or supported by viewing movies like Kolya or Before Sunset in the context of Positive Cinema Therapy.
This unique and innovative course will teach therapists how to use films effectively in combination with positive psychotherapy. Cinema Therapy, a therapeutic modality that uses clients' experiences with movies for the therapeutic process, lends itself very well to be combined with or integrated into positive psychotherapy.
The course consists of three parts. The first part explains the theoretical background of positive psychology, positive psychotherapy, and Positive Cinema Therapy. This part also summarizes research results and discusses critical voices in historical context. After positive psychotherapy exercises and guidelines for Positive Cinema Therapy are introduced, the second part of this course presents extensive case material followed by categorized movie descriptions with viewing suggestions as well as guidelines for questions and interventions for clinical work. Brief descriptions of these categorized films offer a valuable resource for mental health practitioners and anybody who wants to use this course for their personal development. A comprehensive system of six classes of core virtues, made up of 24 measurable character strengths, provides a basic structure for this categorization. The third part of this course provides resources in the literature and on the Internet that can be used in implementing Positive Cinema Therapy.
Due to copyright laws, this course does not include movie clips, only descriptions of the movies.
This course will teach psychotherapists to:
1. Discuss positive psychology, positive psychotherapy, and Positive Cinema Therapy.
2. Summarize relevant research results and critical views in a historical context.
3. Explain how Positive Cinema Therapy can be integrated into the traditional therapeutic process.
4. Explain why and how Positive Cinema Therapy works.
5. Define criteria for choosing movies.
6. Select appropriate positive psychotherapy exercises and films.
7. Extrapolate Positive Cinema Therapy techniques and how to use them through case examples.
Part I - Theory
Part II - Applications
Part III: References and Recourses