They say a picture is worth a thousand words. I’ve found movies to be powerful learning experiences for my students and myself. Movies highlight family stories about the experience of illness, draw the viewer into the poignancy and loneliness of illness suffering, and often model how family members and health care professionals respond to illness in helpful and not so helpful ways. One compelling movie clip can illustrate the reciprocal, relational influence between families and illness better and more quickly than several theoretical seminar discussions.
My colleague, Dr. Lorraine Wright, created a clever assignment that I continued to use in a graduate interdisciplinary course called, “Families and Illness”. Students were asked to view a movie from a selected list and offer their reflections about the movie in a written paper. Here are the trigger questions they were invited to reflect on: Continue Reading