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(New) Online Training – Cinema and Television as Therapy

December 10 Login to Zoom.com 8:30am ; Training 8:45am-4:00pm $169, 6 CEUs Presenter: Joanne Vizzini, PhD Zoom.com, MD + Google Map

During the pandemic, cinema and television are even more meaningful for relaxation, information, and taking a pause. In the 90’s the more formal use of cinema and TV for therapy became a salient intersection of narrative, metaphor, and emotion. Multiple existing theories of therapeutic growth and healing are able to use the gifts that cinema and TV offer. Formats of use include individual, family, group, and in particular couples therapy. This workshop includes a historical perspective of this moving “movie” therapy, research to support its use, ways in which it is reported to be successful by therapists, how it is critiqued, ethical considerations, and handouts for your guidance of its use. During the course of your workshop, scenes from relevant movies and television shows will also be viewed, so get your popcorn ready!

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Learning Objectives

  • Describe the use of cinema and television that the participant already uses, for self or in therapy, in particular during the pandemic.
  • Identify three theories that are able to be applied to cinema and tv therapy.
  • Describe four movies and/or television shows and their meaning that have been effectively used for therapy. 4. Explain the particular benefit of cinema and television therapy for couples.


8:45 am – 12:00 pm

  • Films as therapy – The beginning of its use and its more formal application.
  • Theories – The movement from Bibliotherapy to Cinema and TV Therapy. The gifts and its uses.

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm    LUNCH

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

  • Multiple theories which have found Cinema and TV therapy suitable to its tenets.
  • The variations in the use of Cinema and TV Therapy in individual, family, group, and couples therapy.
  • Q & A and closing.

Please note that short breaks will be offered throughout the day at the following times:

Morning: 10 AM and 11 AM
Afternoon: 2 PM and 3 PM


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