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Psychotherapy Ethics in Film


Eichinger, Tobias (2020). Psychotherapy Ethics in Film. In: Trachsel, Manuel; Gaab, Jens; Biller-Andorno, Nikola; Tekin, Şerife; Sadler, John Z. The Oxford Handbook of Psychotherapy Ethics / Online 2020. Oxford: Oxford University Press, online.

Abstract

Cinematic depictions of psychotherapy and its practitioners have been very popular since the beginning of film history. Most of these portrayals are not realistic or commendable, but rather obey the laws of film narration, entertainment, and pleasure of spectatorship. Regarding psychotherapy ethics, the quartet of stereotypical images of the crazy (“Dr. Dippy”), the bad (“Dr. Evil”), the good (“Dr. Wonderful”), and the sexually suggestive (“Dr. Horny”) therapist refers to the ethical requirements of the profession and constitutes an index of ethical misconduct. Nevertheless, cinematic depictions of psychotherapeutic work may serve as an ideal tool for teaching psychotherapy ethics, where learning objectives as developing moral sensitivity, the competence to identify, articulate, reflect upon, and handle the moral dimensions and questions arising from therapeutic work, may be targeted very well, especially in view of not so ideal filmic examples.

Abstract

Cinematic depictions of psychotherapy and its practitioners have been very popular since the beginning of film history. Most of these portrayals are not realistic or commendable, but rather obey the laws of film narration, entertainment, and pleasure of spectatorship. Regarding psychotherapy ethics, the quartet of stereotypical images of the crazy (“Dr. Dippy”), the bad (“Dr. Evil”), the good (“Dr. Wonderful”), and the sexually suggestive (“Dr. Horny”) therapist refers to the ethical requirements of the profession and constitutes an index of ethical misconduct. Nevertheless, cinematic depictions of psychotherapeutic work may serve as an ideal tool for teaching psychotherapy ethics, where learning objectives as developing moral sensitivity, the competence to identify, articulate, reflect upon, and handle the moral dimensions and questions arising from therapeutic work, may be targeted very well, especially in view of not so ideal filmic examples.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2020
Deposited On:27 Oct 2020 11:18
Last Modified:27 Oct 2020 11:28
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISBN:9780198817338
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198817338.013.86
Official URL:https://www.oxfordhandbooks.com/view/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198817338.001.0001/oxfordhb-9780198817338-e-86

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