Course: Movie Therapy

Module 5. Director Skills for Movie Therapy. Online Work

Find out essential Director Skills and their application in Movie Therapy session with the expert Alejandro Jiliberto Herrera, Spain

LPsy, TEP, Clinical Psychologist, Educator, and Researcher


(100 Days Access)

What is movie therapy?

Movie therapy is a dynamic and innovative therapeutic approach that harnesses the power of film and storytelling to facilitate emotional healing and personal growth. It involves selection and analysis of movie scenes or characters that resonate with a client's experiences or struggles. By engaging with cinematic narratives, individuals can explore their own emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in a safe and non-threatening manner. Movie therapy can be employed in various therapeutic settings, including individual counseling and coaching, group therapy, and even in educational or self-help contexts. Movie therapy offers a distinct advantage: it provides a safe, symbolic approach that doesn't necessitate in-depth personal stories. Instead, it enables profound problem-solving experiences by engaging with the stories of movie characters.

Develop the necessary director’s skills to direct a Movie Therapy session. Embark on this journey alongside fellow students hailing from Nepal, the US, Serbia, and China, encompassing therapists, counselors, business owner, and life coach.

This module is designed for:

• Therapists

• Social workers

• Psychologists

• Counselors

• Psychodramatists

• Educators

• Coaches

Appropriate for those who are new to action methods, as well as experienced practitioners, students in mental health fields, and those who want to develop their skills in action methods. Acting skills are not necessary.

How and where to use:

• In Clinical and non-clinical setting

• Individual and group setting

• Online and in-person (therapy, counseling, business coaching, classes, group leading)

• For developing social skills, emotional intelligence, conflict management, professional skills training, or promoting self help

• In single sessions (conferences, business training etc.) 

Learning Objectives:

• Identify the necessary skills to direct a Movie Therapy session 

• Observe how the director shares their task with the participants

• Describe how to direct a development of the Observing Ego and determine how performance helps the director to build spontaneity, creativity, and trust during the session

Module Highlights:

• Key Concepts: Master the core concepts of Movie Therapy, including Role Reversal, Doubling, and Double Mirror techniques, essential for effective practice.

• Directing Expertise: Gain the skills to direct Movie Therapy sessions, whether in-person or online, for both individuals and groups, structure and facilitate emotional expression and operational communication within a group.

• Understanding Movie Therapy: Explore the concept of Movie Therapy the necessary Director Skills for Online work.

• Engaging Content: Immerse yourself in 108 minutes of captivating video content featuring an international group of students, bringing the learning experience to life.

• Comprehensive Resources: Access valuable handouts to reinforce your knowledge of Movie Therapy.

• Knowledge Assessment: Evaluate your understanding with a 30-minute test and provide feedback through a quick 5-minute course survey, ensuring your mastery of the material.


Alejandro Jiliberto Herrera is the Director of "Nexo Psicosalud"- in Madrid, Spain, and is a contributor to the Movie Therapy method. He is responsible for International Relations at AEP (Spanish Psychodrama Association). Alejandro is a Member of the IAGP, CAOA, and Organizational Consultant Section. He also works as a Psico-social researcher and methodologist.

Module Includes:

Main Content:

• Videos  - 108 min

• Handouts - 10 min

• Test - 30 min

• Course Survey- 5 min

Recommended Content: 

• Movie Therapy YouTube Interview with Alejandro Jiliberto. Part 1 - 27 min. 

• Movie Therapy YouTube  Interview with Alejandro Jiliberto. Part 2 - 18 min

• Movie Therapy  YouTube Interview with Alejandro Jiliberto. Part 3 - 21 min

• Self-Practicum- 60 min

Certificate & Continuing Education:

• 3.5 Hours on Action Exploration Education Certificate (applicable for Psychodrama certification - including test, survey and practicum time)

Information on Continuing Education Hours

Psychodrama professional certification training hours: 

• American Board of Examiners - ABE accepts a maximum of 120 training hours for psychodrama distance learning. This module/course will count as asynchronous distance learning as long as the primary trainer approves it.

• International Boards: You may be able to submit this certificate to your local Psychodrama board. Please contact your respective local board for information.

Experiential training hours: 

• International Society of Experiential Professionals: ISEP accepts experiential training hours administered by a TEP trainer. More information will be provided shortly.


Social workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors: 

• We are working on getting board's approvals and will update this information shortly. 

Other Disciplines:

• You may be able to submit this certificate for credits in other mental health disciplines. Please contact your local board for information.

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