Dr. Cohen is a media psychologist and the program chair for the American Psychological Association's Media Psychology Division for the convention in Washington D.C. in 2017. As a media psychologist, member of the Los Angeles County Psychological Association Foundation board, and author and co-editor of Video and Filmmaking as Psychotherapy: Research and Practice, I realize how important it is to be licensed in this field.He has a business license in the city of Long Beach for educational purposes and also works in the mental health field with clients. He was trained as an Avid and Final Cut Pro Editor in Burbank California and has a PhD in clinical Psychology with an emphasis in depth psychology. He draws from his background in clinical psychology to help educate the public and health professionals about important mental health information through the powerful and fun language of story in webinars, workshops, and individual sessions.
Dr. Cohen has recently authored and co-edited a book that was published through Routledge that explores digital storytelling and other issues related to film/video. (Cohen, Johnson, Orr, 2015).
His training and background is in film/video editing and somatic experiencing.
His background in depth psychology, and clinical psychology, digital storytelling, and somatic experiencing make the film and video based techniques unique to this method and are on the cutting edge of technological sciences as well as humanities.*
*He completed his 3,000 hours of supervised clinical experience under the Board of Psychology. Unfortunately, in the state of California, he can neither confirm or deny his position as a psychological assistant in advertising but you can check his credentials on the BOP website.
Star Wars, Depth Psychology, Mythology, and Pacifica Graduate Institute
Dr. Cohen has a degree in clinical psychology with an emphasis on depth psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, home of the Joseph Campbell Archives. Cohen has published about the subject in a book title Video and Filmmaking as Psychotherapy: research and practice through Routledge in February, 2015.
"Lucas had read The Hero with a Thousand Faces while working on the script of the first of the Star Wars movies, and had gone on to read the Masks of God and other writings. When Star Wars debuted in 1977, it followed the Hero very closely. Lucas said at an award ceremony in 1985, "It is possible that if I hadn't run across him I'd still be writing Star Wars today."
The tremendous financial success of Star Wars influenced many Hollywood projects and caused other filmmakers to start looking at Campbell's work. Christopher Vogler was a story analyst working for the Disney Studios when he wrote "A Practical Guide to The Hero with a Thousand Faces" to serve as a guide for scriptwriters (published as part of the book The Writer's Journey: Mythic Structure for Storytellers and Sceenwriters)"
Media Psychology and Technology
"Div. 46 was founded in the 1980s to bring scholars, researchers, practitioners, and clinicians together to understand the implications of mediated communications and the increasing integration of media technologies across society.
The rapid change in the media landscape in the last 20 years highlights the importance of media psychology to understand the psychological impact of human interaction with media technologies across society and around the globe. This makes the field of media psychology an exciting and continually evolving field that touches every aspect of life, from business, entertainment and leisure to education and healthcare."(author unknown, n.d., par.1).
Cohen J,L, , Johnson, J.., & Orr. P (Eds), (2015) Video and Filmmaking as Psychotherapy: Research and Practice. New York: Routledge.
Society for Media Psychology and Technology (Division 46). (n.d.). Retrieved December 12, 2015, from http://www.apadivisions.org/division-46/index.aspx