The World Federation for Mental Health prescribes: “Stimulate new areas of your brain and grow more connections among brain cells by intellectually challenging yourself. Solve a puzzle, learn a new musical instrument, read a challenging book, play a board or card game, attend a lecture or play, or write a short story”. This Neuropsychotherapy Course helps therapists and teachers adapt digital gamification and multimedia to provide such stimulation. It builds from basic audio-visual skills to comprehensive studio techniques, all within conventional budget limits. 



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 “...Solve a puzzle, learn a new musical instrument, read a challenging book, play a board or card game, attend a lecture or play, or write a short story”. (World Federation for Mental Health) is very similar to the prescriptions of Positive Psychology "creative thinking and learning new stuff" (Seligman).

It would be very difficult to distinguish any of this from the "education and uplift" goals of the Chautauqua adult education movement that started the 20th Century.  

So where do 21st Century digital arts such as this Course fit in to all this? Digital tools are meant to be just that - tools. They amplify, simplify and extend our capabilities. 

What You’ll Need

There is no requirement to purchase or install any particular hardware or software. Much can be done with software already available on most computers. Most schools and rehabilitation centres have art, music, and multimedia facilities. Some of the best special effects may well be lurking on your existing computer drives.  To fully pursue all the avenues covered in the course would eventually require more gear and software but, given their learning curves, these would sensibly be acquired only as you became ready to spend time with them. There is no requirement to post and share your media in the course Gallery but participants are encouraged to do so.  The more we use the peer review process by posting our media for public scrutiny the higher the status of our collective venture.

Lecturer

Dr Tom Benjamin is a Sydney psychologist who worked for decades in physical and neurological rehabilitation wards and subsequently as an educational researcher. This is no idle dream of empire. Tom runs just such a network of online radio, TV, movie and news for a few dollars a year or, rather, it runs itself. Using social media such as OpenLearning and BigMarker, free hosting, and RSS feeds means Tom doesn’t have to feed his ‘media monster’ to keep it updated with news and shared information. This frees him to concentrate on the creative aspects, including showing others how to do it for themselves. The main course content comes from Tom’s personal hobbies and community activities: music, psychology and astronomy. Together these give a pretty broad coverage of the arts and sciences.

VISUAL

Even if you can’t draw a straight line no artistic flair is required these days to produce effective artwork.  Live action with chroma-key (blue screen)  is common. But have you thought of miniatures or puppets? They were good enough for Lucas and Spielberg so you might consider them as alternatives.  Remember rear projection? It’s simpler now than in the Hollywood heyday of huge sound stages. 3D avatars are now easier to use than live action of any sort. No worries about lighting or weather. Virtual sets are limited only by your imagination and time. We start from basics such as vector clip art, which alone gives you access to millions of customisable images, up through natural media emulation and special effects, to full voice-synchronised 3D animation.

AUDIO

Radio preceded TV. Sound brought emotion to the movies. Music provides the ambience in radio. Even if you’re scared to sing in the shower, much less try guitar, this course will guide you to concepts and software that can give you a Hollywood sound, orchestras, choirs and all.

MOVIES

You can have some of the most famous characters and actors of all time appear in your movies – for free!  You or your group can run a TV newsroom and if you have any overseas contacts they can be your roving reporters. Nor do you need to stay up nights feeding the site monster. Your station can auto-update news pages with free feeds from large syndicates. Your playlists can provide a 24/7 programme while you sleep.

And a lot of the best is available for non-commercial, non-profit users like teachers and therapists!

PUBLISHING AND PROMOTION

The big $bucks in multimedia are often spent on promotion. Once you get to this stage you will have covered a vast scope. Each element has a cost and a learning curve. But the budget is well within reach of many schools and community groups. It’s a difficult solo gig. It is best suited to a club or group. Organisation is required to keep track of all the resources. But this load can be shared. One of the advantages of becoming a global multimedia network is the potential to share with other networks and to maintain continuity. This contact with the wider world can have its own therapeutic benefits.

Neuropsychotherapy

Status: Self-paced

Students: 752