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The Family Puppet Interview [electronic resource]: You Can Learn a Lot From a Lobster

Expressive Media, Inc
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
In the 1970s, pioneer drama therapist Eleanor Irwin and colleague Elaine Portner developed the Family Puppet Interview, a technique that uses a puppet-show format to diagnose psychological problems in families with school-age children. Observing the interaction between parents and children as they select puppets, plan a story, and present a show gives the therapist clues about the family's decision-making process, communication style, behavioral patterns, roles, and areas of conflict. In this program, Portner works with a volunteer family to demonstrate a Puppet Interview session and how it can shed light on group dynamics as well as individual areas of concern.
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29 min.
11 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on April 10, 2013.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Variant Title
You Can Learn a Lot from a Lobster
  • Puppet Selection (4:05)
  • Introducing the Puppets (4:45)
  • Planning the Story (2:43)
  • Presenting the Story (5:35)
  • Interaction between Puppets and Therapist (3:48)
  • Family Discussion (4:11)
  • What Does the Puppet Show Reveal? (1:11)
  • Credits: The Family Puppet Interview: You Can Learn a Lot from a Lobster (1:56)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2013], c2008.
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52200 Films Media Group
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Access requires authentication through Films on Demand.
1 streaming video file (29 min.) : sd., col.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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