This video instruction resource, based on a psychological thriller, teaches critical thinking via Socratic reasoning strategies. It is suitable for psychology students at all levels from introductory classes through completion of a Ph.D. Discussion questions appropriate for beginning, upper-division, and graduate level students accompany video vignettes.
Students and others considering a career in mental health may find viewing the movie and completing the critical thinking exercises can help them decide if Clinical Psychology is a good fit.
Faculty: Online Movie, Instructional Program Vignettes, and Instructor Guide - $12
(Note: Instructors can access the program for one calendar year. At the end of that year, if they wish to continue using the program for future classes, they must register for a free download on an annual basis).
Student/Faculty: View Online Movie - $4
Student/Faculty: View Online Instructional Program Vignettes - $4
Faculty: View Online Instructor's Guide - $4
1 Year License for unlimited use of Movie, Instructional Program Vignettes and Instructor’s Guide throughout Institution - $200
(Note: One-year licensing agreement allows unlimited access to all students and departments through the institution’s closed circuit network. This includes the institution’s distance-learning programs.)
VIDEO RESOURCE FOR PSYCHOLOGY COURSES
The program is developed to fit seamlessly into existing curricula, complementing psychology textbooks and lecture materials. Viewing the movie and Instructional Program Vignettes is assigned as homework, to be followed by classroom discussion evolving from students’ responses to the critical thinking questions. The availability of the online movie and online vignettes allow this instructional program to be used:
• in college and university classrooms
• with distance learning courses
• in continuing education workshops for mental health practitioners
INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAM VIGNETTES
The program centers on twelve vignettes extracted from the independent film Raspberry Heaven - a feature-length, psychological mystery/thriller. Each vignette is a complete scene from the movie, featuring two or more of the five principal characters. The interwoven storyline explores the characters’ inability to escape the convoluted relationships they have with each other. The relationships engage students and provide ample fodder for discussion of a number of core issues in psychology.
The vignettes begin with a sex scene that becomes angry and assaultive. Other scenes depict an attempted suicide, patient interviews with a clinical psychologist, remembrances of an abusive parent, and a detective trying to solve a murder while struggling with unresolved personal issues.
See Sample of the Video Vignettes
INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIAL FOR PSYCHOLOGY COURSES
There are many benefits to using this material in psychology courses. Some include:
• Stimulates students to be more engaged in topics, providing authentic experiences to complement textbooks.
• Provides great basis for breaking class up into small groups for discussion.
• Vignettes are based on actual clinical experiences, providing a foundation for discussion of ethics.
• Video is dramatic, well-acted, and captivating, holding student interest.
• Each vignette pulls the student into complex interpersonal relationships, stimulates thinking, and evokes strong emotional responses.
• This intense engagement is the foundation for student participation using the discussion questions that accompany each vignette.
• The strong visceral reaction can also become a trigger for critical thinking and application of theory to clinical practice.
• The intense psychological drama promotes student participation in discussions and writing activities – especially effective for distance learning courses.
• Program may be used in its entirety or they may pick and choose vignettes and questions to augment other course materials.
PSYCHOLOGY DISCUSSION QUESTIONS