Film/Video-Based Therapy and Global Trauma


Josh Cohen, recent co-editor of the Routledge book entitled, "Video and Filmmaking as Psychotherapy: Research and Practice" is seeking authors for a second volume on film-based therapeutic strategies for positive social change.  More openings are available

See details below.

Working Title: Film/Video-Based Therapy and Global Trauma

Intention: Using accessible technology  for positive social change and healing

My name is Josh Cohen and I recently co-edited a book through Routledge titled Video and Filmmaking as Psychotherapy: Research and Practice through Routledge along with two co-editors (Cohen, Johnson, Orr, 2015).

I am writing to ask for contributions for a new book that will emphasize tools for positive social change using therapeutic techniques in filmmaking as well as Film/Video-based therapy through expressive art therapies like drama, dance, music, painting, drawing, and more. By learning the language of film, we may educate people on how to watch and use the images so we learn how to process and discuss the images.  The book will hopefully be used in collaboration with a research project that also emphasizes a film that is focused on positive change in the world directed by Mark Wolf who runs a non-profit organization called “Change the World Productions.” The producer, Maya Soetoro-Ng, is President Barack Obama’s half-sister and both have dedicated the profits of this film to be donated to non-profit organizations that fit the cause of world peace.

The book is meant to be a separate project.

Intended audience:

The first book has topics that have been submitted to conferences including American Psycholgical Association, American Art Therapy Association, and other outlets that may facilitate further discussion on the topics of creativity in creating positive social change in our lives, families, communities, country, and the world. Filmmakers, artists, academics, and human being influenced by this topic should be moved both emotionally, and psychologically by this work.

Submission guidelines:

Please submit an intent to collaborate or an outline to or


There are currently 3-4 spaces left and there is a growing waiting list


Some examples of topics that would fit in this book may be work that includes a focus on trauma, addictions, creativity, and film. A preference may be given to depth psychology, and the focus of the work will be to try and bring a voice to this way of thinking that goes beyond words but engages the psyche through image and art. Acceptance is contingent on the relevance to trauma, film, and creativity. A preference will be given to depth psychological approaches but the ability to focus on many different theoretical orientations may also be necessary.  Please send your chapter summary of approximately 300 words to describe the content of the proposed chapter including your proposed topic of discussion and your preferred theoretical grounding for your work. Please also include a brief biography (75 words) and identify your current location of practice. You do not need to be a licensed therapist to submit a proposal. Contributors may be an anthropologist, psychologist, art therapist, filmmaker, etc. As long as your focus is on trauma, film, and creativity, your topic will be considered.  

Please send your chapter summary based on your area of expertise in what area of practice you feel most inspired to write about. If you feel that you are excited to contribute about combat veterans, domestic violence victims, or violent criminals, please write about that population and relate it to film and healing. If you need help and guidance with narrowing down a topic, I am available for free consultation. The book is not limited to psychotherapy and therapeutic practice but is focused on tools for positive change as well.

Complete manuscripts, not exceeding 5,000 words with APA citations included in the word count, (Manuscripts will be determined after your application has been accepted, and should be formatted according to APA guidelines).

Deadline for the proposed chapter proposal is May 1st, 2015 by midnight Pacific Time

The deadline for the final papers will be due the following year, May 1st 2016.

There will be a revision process, followed by a proofing stage that will take approximately 1 year following this process. Routledge, if the chosen publisher, will go through their own review process of the material as well.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this process, please contact me at


The inspiration and philosophy behind the book:

There is no question that the world is suffering right now through collective trauma, mass shootings, terrorism and violence. Mental health professionals, creative art therapists, filmmakers, and activists are suddenly called to take action and both researchers and practitioners are faced with daunting challenges. One way to face these challenges could begin by starting new dialogues and thinking about these topics in a different way.

Anslow (2012) discussed how superhero teams collaborated in films like the Avengers.

He stated:  “So in the Avengers, as in the other Marvel groups, it is the collective forces rather than ego-driven solo hero that provides the redeeming energy for humankind.”(p.242).

This book is intended to inspire, which means one may need to look within their own dreams, hopes, and aspirations, rather than look outward. Drawing on Natalie Roger’s work on creativity (N. Rogers, 1993/2000, 2011), and an invited lecture on expressive arts and peace (N. Rogers, 2004), the article aims to make explicit the theoretical underpinnings of person-centered expressive arts therapy.”  The overall themes of this book/documentary collaborative project are focused on building a better world by paying attention to our own psychological well-being and how we can influence those closest to our own lives and from there, we can branch out to our families, our communities, our cities, states, and countries and eventually the globe. On a practical level, this is a common practice of self-care that applies to both psychologists, therapists, psychotherapists, and creative individuals, as well as all of humanity. How can we heal the world if we are do not take care of ourselves? How can we use the technology available to us to then take action in our own lives and make a difference? For instance, we could pick up a cell phone and change the world.

For instance, anyone can make a movie as seen in the super bowl commercial this year.  (Scorsese, 2015). 


Anslow, J.A. (2012). Archetypes Assemble: How superhero teams save the world from the apocalypse and lead the way to individuation-Marvel’s the Avengers. In Spring Journal (2012). Carter & Foster (Eds.). Environmental Disasters and Collective Trauma.  

Cohen, J.L., Johnson,J. & Orr, P. (2015). (Eds). Video and Filmmaking as Psychotherapy:Research and Practice. New York: Routledge.

Cohen, J.L., (2015) Video and filmmaking as Psychotherapy:research and practice Retrieved April 2 2015 from

Cohen, J.L. , Johnson, J. & Orr, P. (2015). Website for retrieved April 2nd 2015 from

Rogers, N., Tudor, K., Embleton, T., Keemar, K. (2012). Person-centered expressive arts therapy:a theorietical encounter.Person-Centered & Experiential Psychotherapies. 11 (1). DOI:10.1080/14779757.2012.656407

Scorsese,M. (2015). Make a film with iPad. Retrieved April 2nd 2015 from

Wolf, M. (2014). Change the world Productions Retrieved April 2nd from 


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