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Next,  a film editor, who is trained in Somatic Experiencing and Hypnotherapy, will discuss how editing and film production relate to body-related processes that can assist in the resolution of trauma. Dr. Cohen and Your Digital Storytelling Project LLC plan future webinars for mental health practitioners that provide CEU continuing education credits and a certificate for film/video-based therapy. 

Paul and I would like to inform the public of our intent in this webinar. He says to think of this as our version of  “My Dinner with Andre”. A caual discussion about philosophy between professionals in different fields who have similar interests.  We invite the viewers to explore and continue this discussion in a productive, healing way. Keep in mind that ethical standards apply to the use of film/video-based therapy as defined by Cohen and Johnson (2015).  For more ethical concerns, please read  the chapter, A challenge to readers : ethical considerations in film- and video-based therapies (Johnson & Cohen, 2015). 

The webinar also refers to other chapters from the book Video and Filmmaking as Psychotherapy: Research and Practice, published by Routledge. This includes the following: Digital Video storytelling : Healing for the YouTube generation of veterans / Rivka Tuval-Mashiach and Benjamin Patton. Joshua L Cohen PhD and Penelope P. Orr on technology Film/video-based therapy and editing as process from a depth psychological perspective.

This webinar is not an official representation of the APA (American Psychological Association) or the entertainment industry or Somatic Experiencing, but rather two professionals/experts in their fields discussing their observations and findings and having an impromptu discussion that is intended to be ongoing.

Although this book opens up ideas that may be controversial, that is the intent and why it was presented at APA's convention in Toronto in 2015  with several of the authors present. Dr Cohen presented this material many other conferences throughout the United States. The first book is intended to introduce film/video-based therapy to the world.  

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Cohen, J. L., & Johnson, J. L. (2015). Video and filmmaking as psychotherapy: Research and practice. New York, NY: Routledge:Taylor and Francis.

  • Presenter(s) : Joshua L Cohen PhD and Paul Petschek SEP, C.Ht.



Dr. Cohen is a Media Psychologist and the Program Chairperson for the AmericanPsychological Association's  (APA) Media Psychology Division 46 and Territorial Psychological Association Affairs, Division 31 of the APA and their Program Chairson for the convention for the APA in Washington D.C. in 2017.  Dr Cohen is also a member of 

  • Division of Trauma Psychology, division 56 of the APA. Association of State, and the  Society for the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts;Division 10 of the APA
  • Division for Quantitative and Qualitative Methods, Division 5 of the APA.
  • He is a  member of the Los Angeles County Psychological Association Foundation and a board member.
  • He is the author and co-editor of “Video and Filmmaking as Psychotherapy: Research and Practice”.
  • 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 worked in Hollywood with Lisa Niemi and Patrick Swayze  in 2001 on their film Without a Word which was then changed to One Last Dance
  • he worked with Doug Pray on a short film about the Dalai Lama which can be seen in the book Video and Filmmaking as Psychotherapy:Research and Practice published by Routledge. 
  • Faculty at University of Phoenix online campus

Paul Petschek has worked extensively throughout the U.S. and overseas as an editor and a professor of editing techniques and aesthetics. He has worked also in production, on notable films such as Desperately Seeking Susan and The Karate Kid. He has had the pleasure of working with industry icons such as Martin Scorsese and Thelma Schoonmaker on A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese through American Movies, on studio pictures such as Waterworld and Flipper, and on independent films such as 39 Pounds of LoveMost, and New York Street Games. His films have appeared in numerous festivals and have been nominated for Academy Awards in the U.S. and Israel.  Paul was educated in Visual Arts at Harvard, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude.  While still active in film, as a Certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (S.E.P.) and as a Certified Hypnotherapist (C.Ht.) Paul works with a select and diverse clientele to improve the conditions of their life through a mixture of these two methodologies and the metaphor of film and film process.