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Cinema Therapy In Psychotherapy & Counseling
Positive Cinema Therapy with Children and Adolescents
Resources & References

This web page is part of three online courses:
Cinema Therapy in Psychotherapy and Counseling
Cinema Therapy with Children and Adolescents
Positive Cinema Therapy with Children and Adolescents

Cinema Therapy: General

General Information:

Film Guides:

Online Resources:

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Cinema Therapy with Children and Adolescents

Resources for Therapists:


Narrative Therapy with Children with Stephen Madigan

Object Relations Child Therapy with David Scharff

Psychotherapy with Medically Ill Children with Gerald Koocher

Gestalt Therapy with Children with Violet Oaklander

Adlerian Play Therapy with Terry Kottman

Adolescent Family Therapy with Janet Sasson Edgette

Person-Centered Child Therapy with Anin Utigaard

Solution-Focused Child Therapy with John. J. Murphy

Cognitive-Behavioral Child Therapy with Bruce Masek

Adlerian Parent Consultation with Jon Carlson

Reality Therapy with Children with Robert Wubbolding

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Positive Cinema Therapy with Children and Adolescents

  Resources For Therapists:


    Positive Psychology Websites:
    This Positive Psychology Network website gives a good overview of the positive psychology movement.
    This website supports Authentic Happiness. It includes Martin Seligman's new introduction to positive psychology. A number of psychological assessments free of charge, including the Values in Action (VIA) Inventory of Strengths to identify your signature strengths.

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Resources for Therapists to Recommend to Clients:


    Positive Psychology Websites:
    This website supports Authentic Happiness. It includes Martin Seligman's new introduction to positive psychology. Psychological assessments are free of charge, including the Values in Action (VIA) Inventory of Strengths to identify Signature Strengths.

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Cinema Therapy - Additional References

Abedin, A., Molaie, A. (2010). The effectiveness of Group Movie Therapy (GMT) on parental stress reduction in mothers of children with mild mental retardation in Tehran. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, Volume 5, 988 – 993.

Banks Gregerson, Mary (2010). The Cinematic Mirror for Psychology and Life Coaching. New York, NY: Springer.

Berg-Cross L., Jennings, P. & Baruch, R. (1990). Cinematherapy: Theory and Application. Psychotherapy in Private Practice 8, no.1, 135-157.

Bergman, Ingmar (1988). The Magic Lantern. New York: Viking Press.

Blatt, Moshe & Kohlberg, Lawrence (1973). The Effects of Classroom Moral Discussion on Children's Level of Moral Judgment. In Lawrence Kohlberg and Elliott Turiel, eds., Recent Research in Moral Development. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston.

Braudy, J. (2016). Film Theory and Criticism: Introductory Readings. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.

Bry, Adelaide & Bair, Marjorie (1979). Visualization: Directing the Movies of Your Mind. New York: Barnes & Noble.

Byrd, Michelle L, Forisha, Bill & Ramsdell, Cathlene. (2006). Cinema Therapy With Children and their Families. Retrieved from

Carddock, Jim (editor) (2005). Videohound's Golden Movie Retriever. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale.

Carney, Mary Lou (2002). The Power of Positive Thinking for Teens. Nashville, TN: Ideals Publications.

Champoux, Joseph E. (2001). Management: Using Film to Visualize Principles and Practices. Cincinnati, OH: South-Western College Publishing.

Champoux, Joseph E. (2001). Organizational Behavior: Using Film to Visualize Principles and Practices. Cincinnati, OH: South-Western College Publishing.

Clemes, John K. & Wolff, Melora. (1999). Movies to Manage By: Lessons in Leadership From Great Films. Lincolnwood, IL: Contemporary Books.

Condon, Thomas. (1999). Enneagram Movie & Video Guide: How to See Personality Styles in the Movies. Portland, OR: Metamorphous Press.

Dermer, S.B., & Hutchings, J.B. (2000). Utilizing movies in family therapy: Applications for individuals, couples, and families. American Journal of Family Therapy, 28, 163-180.

Dumitrache, S.D., (2014). The Effects of a Cinema-therapy Group on Diminishing Anxiety in Young People. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, 127 (2014) 717 – 721.

Dumitrache, S.D. (2013). Cinema-therapy – The sequences of a personal development group based on movies. In Dumitrache, S.D. and Mitrofan, I., (Eds.), The Unifying Experiential Psychotherapy behind the scenes – case studies and applicative research (pp. 71 – 83). Bucharest: SPER Publishing House.

Dumitrache, S.D. (2011). New directions in cinema-education and cinema-therapy. Experiential and unifying cinema-therapy. Cinema centred group of personal development. Journal of Experiential Psychotherapy, 15(3), 32 – 36.

Duncan, K., Beck, D., and Granum, R. (1986). Ordinary people: Using a popular film in group therapy. Journal of Counseling and Development,65(1), 50-51.

Engstrom, Fritz (2004). Movie Clips for Creative Mental Health Education. Plainview, NY: Wellness Reproduction and Publishing.

Fischoff, Stuart (2006). From Script to Score: How Film Talents Manipulate our Emotions . Unpublished manuscript.

Flanders, Linda (2003). Hollywood Endings And How To Get One. Coral Springs, FL: Llumina Press.

Fleming, Michael & Manvell, Roger (1985). Images of Madness: The Portrayal of Insanity in the Feature Film. Rutherford, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press.

Foster, L.H. (1989) Cinematherapy in the Schools. Chi Sigma Iota Exemplar, 16(3), 8.

Gabbard, Glenn O. (2001). Psychoanalysis & Film. London, England: H. Karnac.

Gabbard, Glenn O. (2002). The Psychology of The Sopranos: Love, Death, Desire, and Betrayal in America's Favorite Gangster Family. New York: Basic Books.

Gabbard, Glenn O. & Gabbard, Krin (1999). Psychiatry and the Cinema. London, England: American Psychiatric Press.

Galea, Kelly & Elin, Lisa (2015), How to Use Movies to Accelerate Your Progress - Interview with Lisa Elin. Orlando, FL: Trinity Creative Partners LLC.

Galipeu, Steven A. (2001). The Journey of Luke Skywalker: An Analysis of Modern Myth and Symbol. Chicago, IL: Open Court, 2001.

Garrison, D. (2007). The use of movies to facilitate family engagement in psychiatric hospitalization. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 46, 1218-1229.

Geiger, J (Editor),‎ R. L. Rutsky, R.L. (Editor). (2013). Film Analysis: A Norton Reader. New York: W. W. Norton & Company.

Gelkopf, M., Gonen, B., Kurs, R., Melamed, Y., & Bleich, A. (2006). The effect of humorous movies on inpatients with chronic schizophrenia. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 194, 880-883.

Grace, Maria (2005). Real Fulfillment: A 12-Step Plan for Transforming Your Life Through Movies. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Harrill, Suzanne E. (2007). Empowering Teens to Build Self-Esteem. Castle Rock, CO: Innerworks Publishing.

Harry, B. (1983). Movies and Behavior Among Hospitalized, Mentally Disordered Offenders. Bulletin of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law 11, no.4, 359-364.

Haas, J.W. (1995). The Application of Cinema in the Practice of Psychotherapy. Dissertation Abstracts International, Sciences and Engineering,56, 2327.

Hamilton, Jenny & Sullivan, Judith (2015), Horror in Therapy: Working creatively with Horror & Science Fiction Films in Trauma Therapy. Jenny Hamilton through CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.

Hauke, Christopher & Alister, Ian (2001. Jung & Film: Post Jungian Takes on the Moving Image. New York: Brunner/Mazel.

Henderson, Mary (1997). Star Wars: The Magic of Myths. New York: Bantam Books.

Hesley, John W. & Hesley. Jan G. (2001). Rent Two Films and Let's Talk in the Morning: Using Popular Movies in Psychotherapy (2nd ed.). New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Higgins, Shaun O'L & Striegel, Colleen (1999). Movies for Leaders: Management Lessons From Four All-Time Great Films. Spokane, WA: New Media Ventures.

Hill, Geoffrey Michael (1992). Illuminating Shadows: The Mythic Power of Film. Boston: Shambhala.

Hockley, Luke (2001). Cinematic Projections: The Analytical Psychology of C. G. Jung and Film Theory. Luton, The Netherlands: University of Luton Press.

Horenstein, Maryann, Rigby, Brenda, Flory, Marorie & Gershwin, Vicky (1994). Reel Life/Real Life: A Video Guide for Personal Discovery. Kendall Park, NJ: Fourth Write Press.

Hudock, M.A & Warden, S.A.G. (2001). Using Movies to Teach Family Systems Concepts. Family Journal Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families. 9(2), 116-121.

Ilg, F., Ames, L., & Baker, S. (1981). Child Behavior: Specific Advice on Problems of Child Behavior. New York: Harper & Row.

Iaccino, James F. (1994). Psychological Reflections on Cinematic Terror: Jungian Archetypes in Horror Films. Westport, CT: Praeger.

Iaccino, James F. (1998). Jungian Reflections Within the Cinema: A Psychological Analysis of Sci-fi and Fantasy Archetypes. The Therapist. 9/10, 57-59, 1997.

Izod, J. & Dovalis, J. (2015). Cinema as Therapy: Grief and Transformational Film. Routledge.

Johnson, Bill (2002). Movies as Healing Journeys: Viewing Movies to Understand Life's Problems. ScreenTalk, The International Magazine of Screenwriting. Retrieved from

Jurich, A. P., & Collins, O. P. (1996). 4-H night at the movies: A program for adolescents and their families. Adolescence, 31(124), 863-875.

Kalm, Michael A. (2004). The Healing Movie Book – Precious Images: The Healing Use of Cinema in Psychotherapy. Lulu Press.

Kaye, K. (1991). Family Rules Raising Responsible Children. New York: St Martins.

King, Vicki (1988). How to Write a Movie in 21 Days. New York: HarperPerennial.

Lampropoulos, G. K. & Kazantzis, N., (2004), Psychologists’ Use of Motion Pictures in Clinical Practice. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, Vol. 35, No. 5, (535–541).

Madison, Ronald J. & Schmidt, Corey (2001. Talking Pictures: A Parent's Guide to Using Movies to Discuss Ethics, Values, and Everyday Problems with Children. Philadelphia, PA.

Millman, H. & Schaefer, C. (1977). Therapies for Children: A Handbook of Effective Treatments for Problem Behaviors. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Minow, Newton (1999). The Movie Mom's Guide to Family Movies. New York: Avon Books.

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Molaie, A., Abedin, A. M., Heidari, H. (2010). Comparing the Effectiveness of Group Movie Therapy (GMT) Versus Supportive Group Therapy (SGT) for Improvement of Mental Health in Grieving Adolescent Girls in Tehran. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, Volume 5, 832 – 837.

Molaie, A., Shahidi, S., Vazifeh, S., Bagherian. S. (2010). Comparing the effectiveness of cognitive behavioral therapy and movie therapy on improving abstinence self-efficacy in Iranian substance dependent adolescents. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, Volume 5, 1180 – 1184.

Monaco, J. (2009). How to Read a Film: Movies, Media, and Beyond. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.

Morena, Gita, Dorothy (1998). The Wisdom of Oz: Reflections of a Jungian Sandplay Therapist. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books.

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Packer, Sharon (2007). Movies and the Modern Psyche. Santa Barbara, California: Praeger.

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Peske, Nancy & Beverly West (2002). Advanced Cinematherapy: The Girl's Guide To Finding Happiness One Movie at a Time. New York: Dell.

Peske, Nancy & Beverly West (2003). Cinematherapy for Lovers: The Girl's Guide To Finding True Love One Movie at a Time. New York: Delta.

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Powell, Michael Lee; Newgent, Rebecca A.; Lee, Sang Min (2006). Group cinematherapy: Using metaphor to enhance adolescent self-esteem. The Arts in Psychotherapy, 33, 247-253.

Robinson, David (2005). Reel Psychiatry: Movie Portrayals of Psychiatric Conditions. Port Huron, Michigan: Rapid Psychler Press.

Rosenberg, David (editor) (1991). The Movie That Changed My Life. New York: Penguin Books.

Rubin, Lawerence C. (editor) (2006), Using Superheroes in Counseling and Play Therapy. NY, New York City: Springer Publishing.

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Simon, Stephen (2002). The force is with you: Mystical movie messages that inspire our lives. Norfolk, VA: Hampton Roads.

Sinetar, Marsha (1993). Reel Power & Spiritual Growth Through Film. Ligouri, MO: Triumph Books.

Sloane, Stephen B (2002). Organizations in the Movies: The Legend of the Dysfunctional System. Lanham, MD: University Press of America.

Solomon, Gary (1995). The Motion Picture Prescription. Santa Rosa, CA: Aslan Publishing.

Solomon, Gary (2001). Reel Therapy: How Movies Inspire You to Overcome Life's Problems. NY: Lebhar-Friedman Books.

Solomon, Gary (2005). Cinema Parenting: Using Movies to Teach Life's Most Important Lessons. Fairfield, CT: Aslan Publishing.

Sparks, Tav (2009). Movie Yoga: How Every Film Can Change Your Life. Hanford Mead Publishers, Inc. CA: Santa Cruz.

Stoica, D. (2007). The film as a transitional identity space – The red rose from Cairo. In Mitrofan, L. (Ed.) Personal development – transversal university competence (a new educational paradigm). Bucharest: University of Bucharest Publishing House.

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Tyson, L., Foster, L., & Jones, C (2000). The Process of Cinematherapy as a Therapeutic Intervention. The Alabama Counseling Association Journal, 26(1), 35-41.

Ulus, Fuat (2003). Movie Therapy, Moving Therapy: The Healing Power of Film Clips in the Therapeutic Settings. Victoria, B.C., Canada, Trafford Publishing.

Voytilla, Stuart (1999). Myth and the Movies: Discovering the Mythic Structure of 50 Unforgettable Films. Studio City, CA: Michael Wiese Productions.

Walker, S. (2003). Film therapy can engage clients. Clinical Psychiatric News, 31, 4.

Wassermann, Claudia (editor) (2015), Therapy and Emotions in Film and Television: The Pulse of Our Times. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

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Williams-Nelson, J. (2014). Lights, Camera, Take Action: Fifty-Two Weeks to a Better Life, One Movie at a Time. Carlsbad, CA: Balboa Press.

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Wooder, Bernie (2011), Movie Therapy: How It Changes Lives. Fountain Valley, CA: Joy Publishing.

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