Symptom Media

Case Studies

Symptom Media’s library is very flexible and the utility continues to expand as our customers share with us how they are using the library. Running times range from 30 seconds to 20 minutes so videos can be easily integrated into lectures, self-study, clinical setting, competency reviews, among others, with greatest educational gain and minimal impact on time. Symptom Media’s customers are using the video library in a variety of ways including:

Health Care Providers, Case Managers, Ancillary Staff, Patient, Family Member and Community Members

  • The video library provides powerful visual tools that effectively facilitate proper diagnosing of mental illnesses.
  • Hospital Health Care Educators are using the behavioral health film library for health care provider continuing education reviews.

“I especially love using Symptom Media to teach newly licensed registered nurses about the exciting world of mental health nursing. The videos are also a great way for long-term nurses to review their knowledge and skills in a short, entertaining way.

Karen Wall, MA, RN-BC, BSN, Maj, US Army (Ret)
Mental Health Nurse Educator, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Marriage and Family Therapy Intern, Doctoral Candidate, Argosy University

  • Nursing Staff are using the films for nursing education and ancillary staff within their hospitals or departments in which they work.
  • Nurse Managers/Social Workers/Case Managers are using the videos for individual patient education so their patients can better understand their diagnosis.

    “My other favorite use of the videos is to provide education to veterans who are struggling with mental illness. Being able to watch the videos helps them understand their illness as an enhancement to any verbal or written materials they receive. They enjoy watching the video and being able to discuss the content with me afterwards

    Karen Wall, MA, RN-BC, BSN, Maj, US Army (Ret)
    Mental Health Nurse Educator, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Marriage and Family Therapy Intern, Doctoral Candidate, Argosy University

    • Case Managers are also using the videos as a means of family member education as Mental Illness impacts the entire family system. They share that viewing of the videos provides a “conversation point” surrounding the impact of both the person with the mental illness and how the family can provide appropriate support.
    • Psychologists, Social Workers and Marriage and Family Counselors are using the films during therapy sessions – using the video with the diagnosis that matches the patients as a “reference point” for that patient session. They report that the videos “visually helps the client better understand their diagnosis and that they are not the only one facing this issue.”

    “As a Veteran of the Afghanistan War (2004-2005), I wanted to say thank you. To be honest, even though I have personally experienced the affects of military experience, I have never seen such informative videos that break-down my symptoms. Case-in-point, watching the videos helped me identify stronger with adjustment disorder, as I have been dealing with the guilt I felt for what I did to the local people. Compound that with the anger I had for the fact that the entire mission having seemingly no honor, and you it starts to paint a picture that blurs lines in the healing process. It is a very tough challenge and the information provided by Symptom Media is wonderful.”

    Military Veteran, Afghanistan War (2004-2005)

    • Some OB/GYN nurses working with Postpartum Depression are using the video with some patient populations as “means of group therapy” and conversation points of having that particular population base better understanding their symptoms.
    • Public Health Staff Educators are taking the films into the community to increase awareness regarding Mental Illness.

    Graduate Level Education Utility

    • The video library provides powerful visual tools that effectively facilitate proper diagnosing of mental illnesses.
    • Some Graduate Level Nursing Programs are taking Symptom Media’s videos and showing clips without sound to note non-verbals / body language clinical indicators.
    • Some programs are taking Symptom Media’s videos – watching and doing cross comparisons, then challenging the students to “differentiate” between various diagnosis such as “is it depression” or is it alcohol abuse” causing the depression? Or is it possibly a dual diagnosis and then what are the clinical indicators to support that diagnosis?
    • Some programs are taking Symptom Media’s videos without showing the student the Diagnosis prior to watching and utilizing competency testing. We have a testing module we developed for several universities, separate from the film library. The instructors currently utilizing are typically the more advanced levels, for students going into clinical practice.
    • Advanced programs are using the videos for “interview technique” guidance for clinical assessments.

    Undergraduate Introductory Education Utility

    • Psychology 101 students are being asked to review videos such as anxiety disorders as a macro “touch point” to better understand that particular topic. These professors are writing their own descriptions based on their teaching objectives and desired diagnostic focus or interest in that particular class. The students then focus on the particular videos in Symptom Media’s library series guided by the course description.
    • Professors are doing lectures on certain symptoms, using the corresponding video as the visual anchor, during the course for discussion. The professor wraps their own curriculum around the video. Feedback has been outstanding as the videos give students a visual picture of that symptom and the learning experience becomes dynamic and enhanced.

    “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
    Associate Professor
    Professional Counseling Program
    Texas State University

    • Many students are reading the material/lecture/DSM 5 symptoms and then watching the corresponding video in the Symptom Media training library to visually see what the symptom they just read about looks like, thereby finding that retention and understanding is much higher.