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Counseling and Therapy in Video Series

Perhaps the greatest source of anxiety for students in the mental health field is the prospect of working with clients in face-to-face counseling encounters. The four-volume Counseling and Therapy in Video Series, (with the fifth volume now available) provides an invaluable firsthand look at the realities of working with clients and the challenges associated with putting theoretical concepts into practice. This series contains more than 2,500 hours of footage from actual therapy sessions, training videos, and reenactments conducted by renowned counseling professionals. 

The four volumes work in tandem to support counseling programs at all levels, with earlier volumes laying a strong foundation for counselor education from therapists like Carl Rogers, Allen Ivey, and Monica McGoldrick, and later volumes placing particular focus on emerging topics such as brain-based therapy, mindfulness, and multicultural issues. Content explores dozens of therapeutic methods, diagnoses, and client-types. 

Counseling and Therapy in Video: Volume I

Volume I is a diverse collection featuring 400 hours of training video. With content filmed from 1985 to 2010, this inaugural database provides a firsthand look at the realities of working with clients and the challenges associated with putting theoretical concepts into practice.

The collection features prominent therapists such as Jon Carlson, Sue Johnson, Allen Ivey, Insoo Kim Berg, Derald Wing Sue, and others as they demonstrate their methods. The material is clustered around easy-to-search and easy-to-browse topical subject areas and therapeutic methods, which include addiction, brief therapy, career counseling, child therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, domestic violence, family therapy, group therapy, narrative therapy, supervision, and working with LGBT clients.

Select titles include:

  • Basic Attending Skills
  • Becoming a Creative Counselor
  • Counseling Latino Children and Adolescents: Cross Cultural Issues
  • Crisis Counseling: The ABC Model
  • Disability-affirmative Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
  • Equity-focused School Counseling
  • Innovative Approaches to Counseling African Descent People
  • Reality Therapy and AIDS
  • What Does It Mean To Be White? The Invisible Whiteness of Being

Counseling and Therapy in Video: Volume II

Volume II updates and expands upon the first collection, with 300 hours of video placing special emphasis on contemporary topics such as neuroscience, coaching, family therapy, child therapy, geriatric therapy, play therapy, weight control and eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, sex therapy, and culturally sensitive therapy.

The second volume features world-renowned therapists such as Albert Ellis, Allen Ivey, John Norcross, Arnold Lazarus, Otto Kernberg, Violet Oaklander, and many others, demonstrating their methods in true-to-life situations. With more than 70 percent of the films created since 2005, the collection stays apace with the evolving practices and theories of the counseling field.

Highlights from the collection include:

  • CBT for Depression
  • Coaching and Counseling
  • Collaborative Helping: A Practice Framework for Family-centered Services
  • Counseling Gay and Lesbian People of Color
  • Counseling Immigrants
  • Evidence-based Treatment Planning for Social Anxiety
  • Narrative Mediation with Couples
  • Teen Anxiety Disorder
  • Women and Depression

Counseling and Therapy in Video: Volume III

Volume III adds more than 300 hours of new content to the series, with more than 70 percent of titles filmed in 2012 or later. It presents a firm grounding in the theoretical modalities of counseling and psychotherapy while expanding into new and emerging areas such as social media, veterans, cyberbullying, mindfulness, and neuroscience. 

This collection features the “giants” of counseling and psychotherapy such as Viktor Frankl, Albert Bandura, Albert Ellis, Aaron Beck, Virginia Satir, Jay Haley, Carl Rogers, Pat Love, Samuel Gladding, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Jon Carlson, Natalie Rogers, and John Arden.

Together, these films form a collection that emphasizes the evolution of the field, juxtaposing this history of counseling and psychotherapy with future directions by examining new techniques, methods, and research-informed practice.

Sample titles include:

  • Art Therapy: A Universal Language for Healing
  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Exploring Cyber-bullying in the 21st Century
  • Family Therapy: Universal and Unique Approaches to Solving Problems
  • Healing Historic Trauma
  • Man in Search of Meaning
  • Mindfulness in Counseling
  • Narrative Therapy for Eating Disorders
  • Online Therapy
  • Strength-based Brief Therapy

Films are made available through partnerships with leading producers and associations, including the Milton H. Erickson Foundation, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Sushi Productions, and Microtraining Associates, which provides films exclusively through Alexander Street.

Counseling and Therapy in Video: Volume IV  

In the past few years, counselors have seen steady rise in cases involving specific underserved populations such as transgender individuals, victims of racial trauma, and veterans suffering from PTSD.  At the same time, the counseling profession has developed new guidelines with regard to cultural and gender sensitivity as well as deeper connections between neuroscience and counseling. At the same time there is the growing threat of compassion fatigue by the counselors themselves. Volume IV rounds out the series by providing all-new video and text resources tied to these prevalent issues.

Students and scholars can access demonstrations, interviews with experts, transcripts from actual counseling sessions, and other rich resources that will supplement any counseling, social work, or psychology course, and better prepare students to become the practitioners of tomorrow. Students benefit from observing theory in practice, interacting with content that tightly aligns with CACREP eight common core areas, and becoming familiar with DSM-5 and ICD-10. Instructors benefit from lecture replacement videos that supplement in-class lectures and homework assignments while addressing challenging topics such as psychopharmacology, neuroscience, LGBTQ, and research methods.

At completion, Volume IV will include:

  • 300 hours of video, most of which have been created since 2012
  • 400 transcripts from real therapy sessions, providing a wealth of opportunity for research and learning
  • 1,200 hours of presentations, lectures, and workshops from renowned counselors, psychologists, and practitioners
  • 45,000 pages of ebooks and periodicals, including digitized archives of Psychotherapy Networker and the American Counseling Association’s Counseling Today.

See the advisory board that helped create this collection. 

Counseling and Therapy in Video: Volume V, The Symptom Media Collection​ AVAILABLE NOW

Volume V is comprised of almost entirely DSM-5®/ICD-10 content providing an extensive collection of over 400 mental health videos to help your students better recognize mental health disorders and provide accurate diagnosis. 

Volume V does not just feature one disorder in a particular area, but multiple disorders within a particular theme.   Examples include:

  • DSM-5® ADHD Series
  • DSM-5® Violence Series
  • DSM-5® Eating Disorders Series
  • DSM-5® PTSD Series
  • DSM-5® Substance Related and Addictive Disorders
  • DSM-5® Child and Adolescent Series

Sample Titles include:

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder with Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Separation Anxiety Disorder 
  • Bipolar I Disorder with Mood Congruent Psychotic Features 
  • Anorexia Nervosa Binge-Eating Purging  
  • Suicide Assessment
  • Schizotypal Personality Disorder
  • Adolescent Antisocial Behavior; Alcohol Use Disorder, Severe; Other or Unknown Substance Use Disorder; Severe
  • Major Depressive Disorder, Severe, with Seasonal Pattern
  • Opioid Use Disorder, Severe

This vast collection of DSM-5® and ICD-10 videos, from 2012 on, range from 30 seconds to 15 minutes in length, and can be integrated into training courses, lectures, used as homework assignments, or for in-class discussion. Volume V also provides assessment options for faculty.  For over 90 titles, there are 2 versions of each film available. One includes a title slide that introduces the symptom preparing students to see what the disorder looks like. The other version does not include the title slide, requiring the student to make the diagnosis on their own enabling faculty to assess student comprehension.

Pricing includes content updates up until 2021!   Faculty and  librarians can expect around 150 additional videos with their purchase of Volume V

Students will: 

  • Better recognize and properly diagnose symptoms according to the DSM-5®/ICD-10
  • Improve competency and assessment skills
  • Improve their retention skills and be able to make abstracts concepts more concrete

Teaching power

Counseling and Therapy in Video is available on Alexander Street's online interface, and provides an array of features to enhance teaching and learning.

  • The collection is indexed to meet the specific search needs of counseling faculty and students. Search and browse by client age, diagnosis, therapy type, counselor gender, and much more.
  • Unlike physical DVDs, online streaming makes it easy to queue up video for in-class or assigned watching, and allows unlimited simultaneous viewers on-campus or off.
  • Clip-making tools, personalized playlists, and annotations let you integrate content straight into your syllabus or LMS.
  • Synchronized, searchable, scrolling transcripts run alongside each video, enhancing navigation and access.
  • View a full overview of all of the features on the Counseling and Therapy in Video interface here.

Product information

Counseling and Therapy in Video is a multi-part collection available worldwide through annual subscription or one-time purchase of perpetual rights, with prices scaled to institutional size and budget. Volumes are available individually or as a series.


The content here is astonishingly deep, broad, and expert, as well as unique, and you are not going to find anything even remotely similar online... A highly effective tool that rates a strong ten. Enthusiastically recommended.

Library Journal

A sophisticated but easy-to-use interface...[and a] unique resource for those interested in social work, clinical psychology, and psychiatric counseling. Summing Up: Highly recommended.Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals.


Best Niche Product...The materials in this category challenge traditionally buttoned-up scholarly expectations.

Library Journal Reference

The content in this database is not only valuable, it is unique...Highly recommended to any academic institution that trains counselors, psychologists, or social workers.

The Charleston Advisor