Cinema is both a fascinating and highly professional canvas we can use to demonstrate and involve clients in seeing themselves analytically.  It can be more realistic than play acting and can bring in emotions that were suppressed giving you access to a healing that is deep, powerful, and sustainab;e.


This course will show you how to categorize the manifestations of an unhealthy behaviour and use the cinema as a means of bringing the client into his/her own therapy.  Clients, with appropriate guidance, can identify some aspects of their behaviour and even causes of their instability.  The cinema gives an objectivity that allows them to, not only see themselves from the outside in, but also to see where the continuance can take them.


They do this privately, not as a group, and so make the experience deeply personal and effective.  We will explorte with you how to see the movie analytically and how to apply them to a variety of clients.

Cinema is a fascinating tool that offers a polished version of ‘role play’ that a counsellor can use to involve any client to better see themselves from the outside. This allows early break-through in self-realization that can allow a faster progress in effective therapy. One of the things we all recognize is that the greatest obstacle in getting clients started on the road to recovery is the inability to focus on building themselves as they so easily focus on the impositions from outside. The denial and self-preservation can block the arrival of that “aha” monment. Cinema, by its ability to portray real-life behaviours, weaknesses, and insecurities can provide a great canvas for making a sensitive issue into a technical condition that can be discussed objectively.


There are many very powerful films that are usually seen for their entertainment value that can be analyzed and used as powerful teaching tools. The educational value must be discovered and brought to the forefront. We will. not only use some examples that will show you how to use these films for specific conditions, but we will also show you how to look for such wonderful content in shows that will come up for you to consider in your own practice.


This can be a time consuming course as you will have to view about 12 films and discuss them in a forum with us, but it promises to delight, entertain, and stimulate you. It has been suggested that we offer it in four parts and we are attempting to separate those parts now into – Substance Use, Anger, Insecurity and Mental Instability, and Relating.

This course will will focus more on the art of self-realization, that of giving the person authority for self-examination and self-accountability.  It can make the work of therapy entertaining and highly gratifying.  This course will become available in spring 2020 and requires the first course – Beyond Recovery in order to register.