1st Edition

Film/Video-Based Therapy and Trauma Research and Practice

Edited By Joshua L. Cohen Copyright 2023
    206 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    206 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    This book uses film/video-based therapy to help build resilience in facing personal, communal, national, and global trauma triggers.

    Offering a rich and diverse range of perspectives on trauma, this volume advocates positive social change using therapeutic techniques in filmmaking as well as film/video-based therapy, in conjunction with expressive art therapies such as drama, dance, music, painting, drawing, and more. Chapter authors address issues in one’s home, community, country, and the world using integrative medicine and advocacy using film/video-based therapy and digital storytelling. The book highlights psychological trauma and how one can cope with the overwhelming triggers in today’s world. It represents an articulate and comprehensive analysis of the ways in which traumatic human experience impacts, and is modified by, film and video media.  Representing a rich and diverse range of perspectives on trauma through the lens of a camera, the authors document important examples of moments in which artistic expression becomes human resilience.

    Demonstrating how the language of film can facilitate watching, processing, and discussing images of trauma in therapy, in the home, in the community, and in the world, this volume will be of interest to educators and mental health practitioners with an interest in advancing psychotherapy and counseling techniques.

    Foreword by Albert "Skip" Rizzo

    Part I: Introduction

    1. Film/Video-Based TherapyTM and Virtual Reality

    Joshua L. Cohen

    Part II: Trauma in the Home, City, State/Province

    2. “No Longer Under Water”: The Role of Metaphors in Trauma Re-Storying

    Valentina Stoycheva

    3. The Application of Neurocinematics within Trauma Therapies and Integrative Practices

    Bronwyn Robertson

    4. Creating Videogames for Psychotherapy

    Christopher R. Harz

    5. My Journey through Breast Cancer

    Penelope P. Orr

    Part III: Trauma in the United States

    6. Process Language and Its Impact: Making a Digital Cancer Narrative with Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Patients and Survivors

    Lila Pereira, Kimberly Marynowski and Katie Dicola

    7. Creating Impact through Trauma-Informed Drama Therapy using Videos and Films: The Efficacy of Purposeful Performance

    Brooke Campbell

    8. The Wolfpack: Film as Therapy for the Soul

    Joanna N. Dovalis

    9. Video Storytelling: The Influence of Video and How It Can Heal

    Nancy Mramor Kajuth

    Part IV: Trauma in the World

    10. Chuppah (The Wedding Canopy): The Holocaust and Trauma

    Sascha Schneider

    11. Video Movie Therapy (VMT) Psychotherapy

    Gaetano Giordano

    12. Directing with the “Gaze”: Video Art Therapy as Viewed from Gestalt Therapy, Psychoanalysis, and Holism

    Rodríguez Pérez, R. N.

    13. Game Girls: Documentary Filmmaking and Drama Therapy Create the Potential Space for Self-Expression and Healing

    Myriam D. Savage and Alina Skrzeszewska

    14. Producing a Documentary as a Therapeutic Process for Victims of Childhood Sexual Abuse

    Yarden Kerem


    Joshua L. Cohen is clinically trained as a researcher from Pacifica Graduate Institute and Walden University and is the founder and CEO of Media Psychology Consultants and Your Digital Storytelling Project in Los Angeles, USA.