Movies on the couch: The MOVIE model of film therapy

Hamilton, Jenny (2023) Movies on the couch: The MOVIE model of film therapy. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research . ISSN 1473-3145

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Film therapy, the therapeutic use of movies in psychological therapies, is a growing area of interest to therapists and researchers. This paper discusses the benefits of film therapy and presents a method, the MOVIE model of film therapy, a widely applicable, trauma-informed framework for individual or group therapy, counsellor education and self-help. Film or cinema therapy is a highly accessible and relatable method for many diverse groups. The benefits identified include emotional processing, greater ease of dialogue, increased empathy, interpersonal learning, new perspectives and learning skills. Following the model's reflective steps, clients mindfully observe and voice their emotional and psychological responses to movie-watching; identify how the imagery, characters, themes and story symbolise personal experience; and consider any new possibilities that emerged for their own lives. The model is informed by a practice-focussed review of literature and draws on methods from mindfulness and experiential and narrative therapies. The steps are widely applicable in a range of settings and can be adapted across counselling modalities. Further research to consider the outcomes of using the model, alongside qualitative research on clients' experiences of working this way with film, is recommended.

Keywords:Film Therapy, Cinema Therapy, Counselling, Film Studies, Dramatherapy
Subjects:B Subjects allied to Medicine > B940 Counselling
C Biological Sciences > C800 Psychology
P Mass Communications and Documentation > P303 Film studies
C Biological Sciences > C840 Clinical Psychology
Divisions:COLLEGE OF HEALTH AND SCIENCE > School of Psychology
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Deposited On:07 Jul 2023 09:53

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