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.