Why Cinema Therapy
© 2002-2013 Birgit Wolz
Cinema therapy sites:
The Movie Therapist UK therapist Bernie Wooder's is pioneering the use of ‘movie therapy’ in Britain.
Reel to Real is Michael Kahn's approach to Cinema Therapy.
Gary Solomon suggests movies for their therapeutic value on cinema-therapy.com.
Academic articles and dissertations:
Cinema Therapy With Children and their Families was presented by Michelle L. Byrd, Bill Forisha, and Cathlene Ramsdell at the Minnesota Association of Children’s Mental Health Child & Adolescent Mental Health Conference. Their study seeks to demonstrate that Cinetherapy for children provides an opportunity to utilize thematic material that is of personal concern to many child clients.
Christopher Courtright-Cox wrote his dissertation, Reel Life Conversations with God: Film in Addiction Recovery at the Argosy University in Sarasota, Florida.
Utilizing movies in family therapy: Applications for individuals, couples, and families by S. B. Dermer and J. B. Hutchings (The American Journal of Family Therapy, 28, 2000, 163-180).
Doing Cinematherapy for the BBC: A Hollywood Tale by Stuart Fischoff, California State University, Los Angeles (Fall/Winter 2004 issue of The Amplifier, the official newsletter of APA Division 46, Media Psychology).
Michael Fleming and Ericka Bohnel published the article Use of Feature Film as Part of Psychological Assessment in APA's journal Professional Psychology: Research and Practice (Vol 40(6), Dec 2009, 641-647). The article describes the possible benefits of a clinical assessment technique that uses patients’ choices of feature film during the initial inpatient psychological mental status exam.
Carla Gramaglia, Giovanni Abbate-Daga, Federico Amianto, MD, Annalisa Brustolin, MD, Stefania Campisi, MD, Carlotta De-Bacco, MD, Secondo Fassino, MD published Cinematherapy in the day hospital treatment of patients with eating disorders. Case study and clinical considerations.
Ipek Güzide Pur from The Graduate School of Social Science at the Middle East Technical University wrote the dissertation, Cinematherapy or Alcohol Dependent Patients.
James F. Knickerbocker wrote a dissertation with the title Toward Improving the Film Selection Process in Cinematherapy. The text of this dissertation can be found here, the corresponding PPT presentation here, and the handout that goes with my dissertation presentation here.
Silvia Knobloch-Westerwick, lead author of the study and associate professor of communication at Ohio State University published: Smiling through the tears: Study shows how tearjerkers make people happier.
Psychologists’ Use of Motion Pictures in Clinical Practice by Georgios K. Lampropoulos, Ball State University; Nikolaos Kazantzis, Massey University and Waitemata District Health Board, Cognitive Therapy Center; Frank P. Deane, University of Wollongong (Professional Psychology: Research and Practice , 2004, by the American Psychological Association, 2004, Vol. 35, No. 5, 535–541).
Jillian Lynch wrote a thesis titled The therapeutic potential of using film as an intervention in counselling and psychotherapy: A narrative inquiry.
Michael Lee Powell's dissertation Cinematherapy as a clinical intervention: Theoretical rationale and empirical credibility at the University of Arkansas.
The Use of Popular Film in Psychotherapy - is there a "Cinermatherapy" by Mattew A. Portadin (dissertation at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, 2006).
Group cinematherapy: Using methaphor to enhance adolescent self-esteem by Michael Lee Powell, Rebecca A. Newgent and Sang Min Lee (The Arts in Psdychotherapy 33, 2006, 247-253)
Improving the Empirical Credibility of Cinematherapy: A Single-Subject Interrupted Time-Series Design by Michael Lee Powell, and Rebecca A. Newgent.
Psychotherapy and Movies: On Using Films in Clinical Practice by Stefan E. Schulenberg (Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy; Spring 2003, 1; ProQuest Psychology Journals, 36-48).
Cinematherapy: Metaphorically promoting therapeutic change by Conni Sharp; Janet V. Smith; Amykay Cole (Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 1469-3674, Volume 15, Issue 3, 2002, Pages 269 – 276).
The Life Stories of Children and Adolescents: Using Commercial Films as Teaching Aids by Adrian Sondheimer (Academic Psychiatry; 2000: 214–224).
Psychocinema: a film guide based on psychological issues from the Florida Institute of Technology.
Psychflix.com provides useful listings and reviews of films that portray psychiatric themes.
Ruth Levine, MD, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, lists films by Axis I and Axis II disorder types.
Teach With Movies: site devoted to helping parents and teachers use films for teaching. Includes film indexes by subject and by character traits.