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2018 FIRST FRIDAYS: INTEGRATING SPIRITUALITY AND PSYCHOTHERAPY

Cinema Therapy: Spiritual Themes in Film

Cinema Therapy: Spiritual Themes in Film

A Series of 5 Workshops

First Friday of every month, 9:00am–12:15pm
February–June, 2018

$40 per workshop

Care and Counseling Center of Georgia—Main Office
1814 Clairmont Rd. • Decatur, GA 30033
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3 CE hours for each workshop



Overall Program Summary

The series will introduce participants to the use of cinema as an intervention in a therapeutic context. Each event will highlight different spiritual themes, aligned with clinical diagnoses. Using clips of relevant films, presenter Debonee Morgan, LMFT and Spiritual Director, will illustrate symptoms and progression of various disorders, and how healing takes place. Participants will deepen their understanding of diagnostic manifestations, and also how to work with clients via prescribed films.

February 2

Love and Relationship

Introduces the use of cinema therapy in practice. Explores family, romantic, and friendship relationships to contrast healthy and dysfunctional patterns. Uses film clips to explore Family Systems by illustrating connections and disruptions. Illuminates romantic codependence with examples of boundary permeability and stability.

Objectives
    Participants will:

  1. Be able to describe and implement basic cinema therapy techniques with clients.
  2. Describe and identify systemic pathology within family relationships.
  3. Describe and identify codependency in romantic relationships, and prescribe new behaviors of boundary-setting.

March 2

Dark Night and Separation

Reviews the use of cinema therapy in practice. Explores themes of depression, isolation and spiritual development through the Dark Night of the Soul. Uses film clips to illustrate symptoms of depression and dysthymia, and movement through to healing.

Objectives
    Participants will:

  1. Be able to describe and implement basic cinema therapy techniques with clients.
  2. Describe and identify symptoms of depression and dysthymia, and interventions for healing.
  3. Understand spiritual development phases in conjunction with psychological stages, and explain the importance of the Dark Night in spiritual growth.

Friday, April 6

Trust and Letting Go

Reviews the use of cinema therapy in practice. Explores themes trust in self, relationships, and Higher Power, and the importance of being able to let go when appropriate. Uses film to highlight symptoms of anxiety and attachment disorders, and progress in alleviating stressors and unhealthy reactions.

Objectives
    Participants will:

  1. Be able to describe and implement basic cinema therapy techniques with clients.
  2. Describe and identify symptoms of anxiety and its manifestations, and healthy alternative behaviors.
  3. Describe and identify signs of attachment disorders, and their consequences in relationships.

Friday, May 4

Redemption and Recovery

Reviews the use of cinema therapy in practice. Explores themes of guilt and shame, and recovery from addictive behaviors. Uses film clips to illustrate trauma responses, and overcoming tragic and painful events to move toward healing. Celebrates vulnerability and the importance of connection with community and Higher Power.

Objectives
    Participants will:

  1. Be able to describe and implement basic cinema therapy techniques with clients.
  2. Describe and identify the impact of trauma on individual mental health.
  3. Understand work with guilt and shame, and the importance of whole-hearted healing.
  4. Demonstrate basics of addiction recovery, and the importance of understanding of Higher Power.

Friday, June 2

Sweetness of Connection

Reviews the use of cinema therapy in practice, including more advances techniques. Refreshes implementation of the tools of strengths-based therapy, existential therapy, and Mindfulness. Solidifies importance of celebrating individual and family strengths and connection. Uses film clips to show resilience, mindfulness and meaning-making in individual development.

Objectives
    Participants will:

  1. Be able to describe more advanced cinema therapy techniques.
  2. Demonstrate basic understanding of Strengths-Based therapy.
  3. Demonstrate basic understanding of Existential therapy.
  4. Demonstrate basic understanding of Mindfulness therapeutic techniques.

3 core hours of CE credit applied for each workshop from the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia, the Georgia Society for Clinical Social Work, and Georgia Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
You must be on time and stay for the entire event to receive CE credit.

Workshop Registration

Choose how many of the series’ workshops you wish to attend by clicking one of the blue buttons (note that the total payment due—displayed in the orange bar—will change once you’ve made your selection). Then fill out the rest of the form and click the blue “Submit Payment” button at the bottom.

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