Pepperdine University Libraries has acquired Alexander Street Press’ streaming video collection, Counseling and Therapy in Video.
These 352 videos range from approximately 20 minutes to over an hour; the average length is just under an hour. The content includes therapy sessions (actual, reenacted, or scripted), experts discussing therapeutic approaches and analyzing examples, and presentations in which noted therapists lecture about issues in the mental health field. The videos are accompanied by written transcripts, which scroll as the video plays and highlight the corresponding text; many include teaching guides. The videos included in this collection can be used freely for educational purposes.
The videos in this collection have been created by a variety of organizations and individuals dedicated to the advancement of education and training in counseling and therapy. Several types of videos have been chosen to provide a well-rounded collection that will be of interest to students, academics, and professionals alike:
Counseling Sessions and Demonstrations include filmed footage of actual therapy sessions, re-enacted therapy sessions, and scripted sessions designed by counseling professionals to illustrate common issues and scenarios that arise during courses of therapy. These videos often include narration and frameworks that put the sessions into theoretical context.
Consultations feature experts in particular courses of therapy advising other therapists on the application of their methods. These videos often include scenes of counseling sessions interspersed with analysis and discussions between the consultant, the practicing therapists, and the clients.
Lectures, presentations, and interviews feature well-known therapists discussing their own work and issues affecting the larger fields of mental health and wellness.
Documentaries focus on individuals’ experiences with the psychological and physical issues that are most frequently addressed in counseling. These videos help to build greater empathy skills and understanding of the client experience.
Taken together, these materials provide a rich resource for the study of counseling theory and its applications. Users can compare, for example, how different therapeutic methods address common issues such as substance abuse or domestic violence; or how individual counselors differ in their applications of the same theory. The materials are also indexed by client and therapist details, enabling users to find materials dealing specifically with counseling African-Americans or Latinos, for example, or with counseling children or the elderly.
Teaching and Discussion Guides: Many of the videos in this collection include supplementary materials to aid in their use in classroom discussions and assignments. These materials are available as downloadable ZIP files. The ZIP software can be downloaded at www.winzip.com