TeleProductions: Bringing a Textbook to Life

Shane Roach and Shelly Cormier

TeleProductions’ students recently had an opportunity to influence how other students learn as they helped a textbook come alive in their studio. Cynthia Osborn and Sherry Cormier are professors in counseling and human development. Osborn and Cormier recently wrote the seventh edition of a book titled “Interviewing and Change Strategies for Helpers.”

TeleProductions had a chance to help create a piece of the book. TeleProductions’ Shane Roach, along with a few students, had the opportunity to work with actors to present scenes in a counseling session, giving students a real-life view of how a session would go. The sessions were filmed and recorded, and will be an important piece of the textbook.

These short videos are not just a benefit to the students, but to the teachers as well.  Students have the option to respond to the example videos by demonstrating a few of the 12 helping skills they learned about. Teachers are able to view these videos and see how students are learning, and what they are struggling with. This also helps the students practice the skills and implement them in the comfort of their own home.

With these examples, students get the opportunity to not only meet Osborn and Cormier but also experience their level of skill and attention to detail while using what the book calls “helping skills.” The characters, played by actors and counselors, are presenting scenes, with very real stories taken from their experiences with clients in counseling.

Roach was the Producer/Director for the project. He, along with the students on the project, was able to make this textbook come alive. The presentation of real-life scenarios played out will have a positive impact on student’s learning experiences with the book, and help them understand what is going on. It also helps them understand how these situations can look in a session. Osborn says, "It can supplement and bring to life how these skills are used."

While these videos are making a difference for students reading the textbook, TeleProductions’ students and staff continue to carry on a 54-year-old tradition of hard work and quality productions. As their tradition continues, they will have more opportunities to put their hard work into productions and carry on a legacy for years to come.

If you are interested in being a part of TeleProduction’s legacy by using their services, check out the services page to see how they can help you.

POSTED: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 9:30am
UPDATED: Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 9:33am
Lauren O'Kane