Symptom Media brings behavioral health education into the twenty-first century with an expanding library of clinical training vignettes guided by the DSM (updated Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders version 5) and ICD (the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Health Problems version 10 for approximately 25 countries not including the U.S. until October 2014 and version 9 for the U.S. until October 2014) as well as other real life behavioral health case scenarios.
Symptom Media Training Library
Symptom Media’s library of 160 clinical training vignettes illustrates symptoms unfolding on screen and serves as an integral educational tool for “symptom recognition.” The video library provides powerful visual tools that effectively facilitate proper diagnosing of mental illnesses. All training titles are produced with an experienced multi-disciplinary behavioral health team working in concert with professional scriptwriters, filmmakers and highly trained actors, facilitating a synergistic realism and clinical accuracy during the entire development process.
The key benefits of these clinical training vignettes is symptom recognition, providing visual points of reference to better understand what a particular diagnosis/psychological concern looks like rather than just hearing or reading about it. Symptom Media “fills an existing gap in visual education for the behavioral sciences” and “enriches understanding of mental health disorders across all sectors of society and the world.” These innovative visual learning tools also improve competency and assessment skills as well as increase empathy and decrease stigma for those facing psychological issues. These flexible, clinically pure films that range from 30 seconds to 15 minutes may be easily integrated into any lecture or educational format for time efficiency purposes. As a “progressive concept” that “diminishes the stigma,” Symptom Media “helps make abstract content concrete,” enabling those who utilize to “not only tell what [a diagnosis] is, but [equip them with the tools to] visually describe and recognize [the diagnosis].”
Symptom Media’s Marketplace
Customers currently utilizing Symptom Media include:
- Universities (psychology, social work, nursing, psychiatry, medical schools, occupational therapy departments, marriage and family counseling)
- Healthcare Insurance Plans
- Human Resource Departments
- Private Practice Behavioral Health Groups
- Police and Fire Departments
How To Use the Symptom Media Training Library
Reference our blog to see possible ideas or ways to use Symptom Media in your courses and curricula.
- As a stand-alone activity
- As a reference tool for all sectors of society ranging from the introductory student, patient or family member to advanced clinicians.
- In group training whether used in clinical agencies, educational setting or public health awareness.
- As a forum for professional or continuing education.
Texas State University
“Symptom Media has been extremely useful in my course. The clips bring life to diagnostic categories which in turn helps students better understand what various symptoms could look like.
Shawn Patrick, Ed.D, NCC, LPC
Professional Counseling Program
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
“I find Symptom Media to be quite helpful during my orientation to M3 Psychiatry clerkship. Students choose which training title they would like to see, and we use it as the basis for a talk about the mental status exam. I really appreciate having this resource”
Cheryl S. Al-Mateen, MD
Clerkship Director, Psychiatry
Harvard Medical School
Symptom Media can be used worldwide to improve the understanding of mental health disorders.”
Jonathan F. Borus, M.D.
Stanley Cobb Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry
and Faculty Dean for Education at BWH
Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth
“Symptom Media’s training titles can be used to enrich our understanding in all sectors of society including law enforcement, local and state governments, military, court system and the community at large.”
Hamid R. Tavakoli, M.D.
Chief, Consultation-Liason Psychiatry
School of Medicine – University of Colorado Denver
“Such material are necessary both to illustrate the clinical phenomena of various psychiatric conditions and problematic interpersonal interactions, and also to demonstrate the operations and tactics of diverse types of interviewing and assessment procedures, therapies, and counseling techniques for these assorted clinical problems.”
Joel Yager, M.D.
Professor of Psychiatry
Symptom Media’s Clients
Symptom Media serves a global base of universities and institutions.