Articles published by
Birgit Wolz, Ph.D., MFT
Mining the Gold in Movies for Healing
and Transformation: Birgit has published the following
cinema therapy movie reviews in her regular column by that
name in The Therapist, the magazine
of The California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.
As Good As it Gets
Bastard out of Carolina
Bridge to Terabithia
Bend it like Beckham
Eat Drink Man Woman
Fried Green Tomatoes
Good Will Hunting
It's Kind of a Funny Story
Lars and the Real Girl
Last Chance Harvey
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
My Left Foot
Pride and Prejudice
Rachel Getting Married
The Secret Lives of Dentists
The Secret World of Arrietty
Truman Show, The
Under the Tuscan Sun
Up in the Air
Upside of Anger, The
What's Eating Gilbert Grape
When Did You Last See Your Father?
Woman in Black, The
published by Birgit:
Cinema Alchemy: Using the Power of Films In Psychotherapy and Coaching. In Mary Banks Gregerson (Editor), The Cinematic Mirror for Psychology and Life Coaching. Springer, New York, 2010.
'Reel' Reality Is Essence of Cinema Therapy,The Advocate, the monthly newsletter of the American Mental Health Counselors Association, a nonprofit association based in Alexandria, Virginia, July 2006.
Cinema Alchemy - Using the Power of
Film for Healing and Transformation, Harbin Hot
Springs Quarterly, Summer 2004, and the Inland
Empire Chapter of CAMFT News, July 2004.
Cinema Therapy: Using the Power of
Movies for the Therapeutic Process: versions of this article have
- Viewpoint, Jan. - Feb. 2003
(newsletter of The Psychotherapy Institute).
- The Therapist, May 2003
(magazine of The California Association of Marriage
and Family Therapists).
Releasing Negative Beliefs Through
the Transformational Power of Film: The East Bay Therapist,
July/August 2004 (newsletter of East Bay Chapter
— California Association of Marriage &
Family Therapists) and in News and Views -
newsletter of Orange County CAMFT,
The Transformational Power of
Film: versions of this
article have appeared in:
- Connections, Feb. 2003 (newsletter of
San Fernando Valley Chapter — California Association
of Marriage & Family Therapists).
- The Monterey County Chapter Newsletter
of California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists,
- The East Bay Therapist, Mar./Apr.
2003 (newsletter of East Bay Chapter — California
Association of Marriage & Family Therapists).
- The International Academy of
Family Psychology, July 2003 Newsletter.
Using Movies to Transform
Grief: this article is based on a chapter from a
new book, E-Motion Picture Magic,
published in November 2004 by Glenbridge Publishing.
Birgit Wolz wrote and co-wrote the following continuing education online courses:
Cinema Therapy - Using the Power of Movies In the Therapeutic Process, which guides the reader through the basic principles of Cinema Therapy.
Cinema Therapy with Children and Adolescents - This course teaches Cinema Therapy with young clients. It includes numerous movie suggestions, which are categorized according to age and issues. It serves therapists, teachers, and parents.
Positive Psychology and the Movies: Transformational Effects of Movies through Positive Cinema Therapy - This course teaches how to develop clinical interventions by using films effectively in combination with positive psychotherapy. It serves for mental health practitioners and anybody who is interested in personal growth and emotional healing.
Therapeutic Ethics in the Movies - What Films Can Teach Psychotherapists About Ethics and Boundaries in Therapy, which covers: confidentiality, self-disclosure, touch, dual relationships and out-of-office experiences (i.e., home visits, in-vivo exposures, attending a wedding, incidental encounters, etc.)
Boundaries and the Movies - Learning about Therapeutic Boundaries through the Movies, which covers informed consent, gifts, home office, clothing, language, humor and silence, proximity and distance between therapist and client, and, finally, sexual relations between therapist and client.
DSM: Diagnoses Seen in Movies - Using Movies to Understand Common DSM Diagnoses.
Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual (PDM) - A New Approach to Diagnosis in Psychotherapy
An overview over all Cinema Therapy Continuing Education courses can be found here
Cinema Therapy Certificate programs are described here