CinematherapyReel Therapy Basics Adapted from Reel Grief PowerPoint Presentation by Michael Kahn, LPC, JD
Reel Therapy “No form of art goes beyond ordinary consciousness as film does straight to our emotions deep into the twilight room of our soul. “ Ingmar Bergman “Coming to terms with our losses is perhaps the single greatest challenge we face as human beings..” Thelma Duffey “The horror of life and the horror of death if you grieve and you grieve vicariously helps you with your own grief. “ Vadim Perleman (Director/Screenwriter House of Sand and Fog )
Impact of Movies
What films have assisted you in processing grief?
What films have helped you regain hope?
What movies have stimulated self-awareness aboutanger, fear, hopelessness, or sadness?
What is Cinematherapy? A therapeutic intervention using scenes or entire movies to assist clients in their healing/growing process Origins inbibliotherapy
Focus on self
Go deeper than self-defenses
Provide stimulus for creative solutions
Remind us of what we know
Help us stretch and change /model traits we have or haven’t nurtured
Offer stories of resilience
Stimulate emotional release
Why Movies Reframe problems Prioritize values Affordhope and encouragement Initiatethe story telling process Illustrate differing grief responses Help understand grief issues
Different Uses for CT The Evocative Way Emotional responses to scenes bring issues to the conscious level. Clients can then work on concerns that they were unaware of or were avoiding. Any movie or movie scene that impacts a client can be used. Each client brings his/her own story to the viewing experience.
Different Uses for CT The Prescriptive Way Clients learn by proxy by observing movie characters. Movies are recommended depending on a clients needs. The Cathartic Way According to this approach clients are assigned movies for emotional release. Recent research crying is emotional bath laughter is cardiac elixir. It is advisable to let client choose the movie.
Contraindications for CT
Ongoing domestic violence--too much risk of unpredictable reactions
Close proximity to trauma--danger of re-traumatizing
Disorganized thinking trouble distinguishing reality from fantasy
Client dislikes movies
Be careful to warn client about particular scenes that may be difficult to watch
Sources Presentation adapted from Reel Grief PowerPointPresentation created by Michael Kahn, LPC, JD http://www.powershow.com/view/fee2-MzIyO/REEL_GRIEF_flash_ppt_presentation