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The Cinematic Mirror for Psychology and Life Coaching

by Mary Banks Gregerson

Cinema both reflects life and contours life--that is its psychological power. And for decades, clinicians and educators have recognized the value of this power, using it to respectively heal in therapy and educate in the classroom. The Cinematic Mirror for Psychology and Life Coaching mines the illustrative value of cinema, offering therapists and life coaches access to ideas that can motivate and enlighten clients. Although many movie guides exist, this volume complements the available literature by adding positive psychology, mental health, and wellness perspectives to the clinical/educational/coaching mix. The serious intent to cull from cinema its underlying psychological value has motivated noted clinicians, life coaches, and cultural critics to offer science-based analysis and intervention strategies. Readers may add their own movie insights and professional expertise to this rich foundation. The volume covers international as well as domestic cinema in a variety of genres, providing a range of film choices relevant to clients' lives. Beyond this, it expands on universal concepts of strengths, capabilities, and coping methods. Chapters in The Cinematic Mirror: analyze how movies can create and relieve trauma, challenge Hollywood's portrayal of the American family, overview the use of movies to examine relationships in therapy, explore the acclaimed Up television cinema verite series as studies in personal growth and social change, reinterprets images of disability in terms of positive psychology, examines models, or the lack thereof, for the American adolescent rite of passage, traces the history of mental illness stereotypes in film. The collective wisdom found in The Cinematic Mirror for Psychology and Life Coaching will bring professionals involved in healing, coaching, counseling, education, and mentoring not only new applications but new appreciation for the transformative power of film. That power already exists. Readers just have to "SEE" it.

Teaching Creatively and Teaching Creativity

by James C. Kaufman Mary Banks Gregerson Heather T. Snyder

Creative teaching as well as teaching creativity are cutting edge issues in psychology today as recent academic and popular media coverage has shown. This volume expands on that interest with chapter authors drawn from interdisciplinary areas. It includes examples of creatively teaching across the education system, including preschool, K-12, undergraduate, and graduate level education. The variety of subjects covered by the chapters include psychology,math, science, and reading. In addition to creative teaching which may lead to enhanced learning and achievement in students, as well enhanced creativity,another focus is teaching with the objective to enhance creativity.

Technology Innovations for Behavioral Education

by Mary Banks Gregerson

Behavioral and technological innovation has a special place in the future of graduate and medical education, both for students and for educators. A new multi-media pedagogy offers innovative techniques and technologies, drawing widely upon behavioral science. The psychology of multi-media education maximizes learning by involving many different sensory modalities. Although multi-media has long meant use of film and other electronic modality adjuncts like Powerpoint, newer technologies expand these horizons further. Now multi-media pedagogy means not only newer technologies, but also newer, and different education techniques. This book describes psychology innovation currently making educational settings competent and competitive. Student choice rules in education today. The technologically driven environment produces students whose preference is incumbent on electronic research means. Besides using these tools themselves, students thirst for multi-media pedagogy in the classroom online and on campus. It is therefore teachers who close the digital divide between generations in order to educate effectively. Approaches using new technologies and techniques have proven successful internationally with diverse audiences.

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