Emphasising humanity in counseling
Few fields are more human-focused than psychology. That’s why Michelle Porche, Clinical Associate Professor for Counseling Psychology and Applied Human Development in the Wheelock College of Education & Human Development, likes using photographs and video in outreach, workshops and curriculum. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is a favourite for quickly editing photographs used to promote work that Porche and her students are doing in the community. With Adobe Spark, she quickly combined photographs and video clips into a short video used to promote one of her student’s work around coaching and positive youth development. Because Adobe Spark is so easy to use, she can create polished videos suitable for sharing without spending a lot of time.
For more professional video results, Porche turns to Adobe Premiere Pro. Working with the Massachusetts Foreign Office of Mental Health, Porche and her doctoral students are creating web-based curriculum[AH1] for healthcare providers around care and treatment of youths with autism spectrum disorder. In addition to the interactive websites and presentations, the team filmed short video clips of doctors and researchers sharing stories and explaining topics in detail.
“Having video from experts makes serious topics far more engaging and persuasive for learners,” says Porche. “With Adobe Premiere Pro, we can create video that emphasises the human nature of our work and helps create a sense of empathy in our teaching and outreach.”
Sharing observations through video
Tom Anastasi, Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Questrom School of Business, believes in the power of visual communication. With Adobe Creative Cloud apps now available to all students, Anastasi can finally bring video into the classroom and help students recognise the power of video to build connections and promote greater communication in business.
In a Company Analysis project for the Organisational Behaviour course, students are asked to interview employees of a company, analyse the corporate environment and determine whether the organisational behaviour theories presented in the classroom proved to be true in a real-life environment. Rather than just creating a slide-based presentation, Anastasi asked students to video the interviews and create short clips using Adobe Premiere Pro. Video allows students to share interviewees’ opinions in their own words. Students listening to the presentation become more involved in the presentations by using the video to make their own observations.
“Adobe Premiere Pro was not only easy for students to use, but it also provided functionality for all levels of learners,” says Anastasi. “Beginners could do a simple edit, but those who want to take their video to the next level can use some of the more advanced features to create a polished and professional look. There are so many online tutorials available through the Adobe community that students can quickly learn to do more.”