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Copy of Reality Television
Transcript of Copy of Reality Television
ACA 2015 CONFERENCE & EXPOSITION
March 15th, 2015--Orlando, FL
Richard G. Deaner, Ph.D., LPC (GA)
Associate Professor, Counselor Education
Georgia Regents University
Summer B. Allen, M.Ed., NCC
Georgia Regents University
YOU! Thanks for attending our presentation!
REALITY TV: WHAT IS IT?
television programmes in which real people are continuously filmed, designed to be entertaining rather than informative.
television programmes focusing on members of the public living in conditions created especially by the programme makers (a genre of television programming in which “real life” people are followed in a situation, game, etc.).
television programmes that do not use professional actors but show real events and situations involving ordinary people.
How many people
watch at least
reality TV program?
Paucity of research and lack of substantive scholarship (some in progress)
1) Fosters “couch potatoes,”
2) “Dumbing down” America,
3) Morally corrupting,
4) Negative stereotypes,
5) Glamorize serious issues and/or
2) Living vicariously,
3) Less social,
5) Inclined to seek revenge,
6) Utilizing downward social comparisons,
7) Inclined to seek social status,
8) Watching in order to engage social interaction,
9) Attention seekers,
10) Displaying lower self-esteem,
11) Watching to see the “ordinary” person
REALITY TV TO LEARN? REALLY?!
YES! Some programs offer a
of interesting, realistic, & entertaining insights into human behavior
REAL VS. SCRIPTED
Millennials (born after early/mid-1980’s) are considered the “technology generation.” Meanwhile, the Post Millennials (Post Gen, Gen Z, iGen, Gen Wii) is even more accustomed to reality and social based media.
TOO MANY BORING & OUTDATED COUNSELING VIDEOS!
AWARENESS, KNOWLEDGE, & SKILLS
Regardless of perceptions, we are experiencing glimpses of human behavior by watching reality TV. By choosing to view and reflect on the lives of individuals, we have a responsibility to remember that we are dealing with people. Students should be cautious, reflective, empathetic, and culturally sensitive.
Mike "The Situation"
Prescription Pain Pills
Alcohol & Ambien
HUMAN DEVELOPMENT &
THERAPEUTIC SKILLS &
CLASS DISCUSSIONS: INTEGRATING AWARENESS, KNOWLEDGE, & SKILLS
REALITY TV AS AN ASSIGNMENT:
Choose reality “star” of
as a mock client to work with for the duration of the semester utilizing a theory of choice to inform your work
Weekly case conceptualization, treatment planning, and staffing of client with classmates
Case conceptualization should also address diagnostic criteria, interventions, goals (short & long term), cultural background, strengths, and possible challenges in working with this client
Cultural considerations are to include domains of gender, ethnicity, age, sexuality, SES, and/or religion (spirituality) etc.
IT'S A BOUNTY!
MYTHS & PERCEPTIONS:
Alcohol & Xanax
Cline, A. (2013). Ethics and reality tv.
Hazlett, C. (2012). Reality check for reality tv fans:
you’re more neurotic.
Hicks, J. (2009). Probing question: why do we love reality
Miller, J. (2011). Demythologizing Reality TV:
Critical implications as a new literacy.
International Journal of
, 3, 135-152.
Nabi, R.L., Biely, E.N., Morgan, S.J., Stitt, C.R. (2003).
Reality based television programmingand the psychology of
its appeal. Journal of Media Psychology, 5, 303-330.
Reiss, S., Wiltz, J. (2004). Why people watch reality tv.
Journal of Media Psychology, 6, 363-378.
Reiss, S., Wiltz, J. (2001). Why America loves reality tv.
Whitbourne, S.K. (2013). Who watches reality shows and why?
Wolcott, J. (2009). I’m a culture critic…get me out of here.
Love it or Hate it? Hate(d) it! Initially did not see the value in reality television
Observation and interactive class discussion fostered a better understanding of client’s cultural background and symptomology in organic manner (realistic)
Staffings allowed for input from classmates (& instructor) and facilitated learning for challenging cases (from different theoretical conceptualizations)
Each student had different "client" so the group supervision and staffing allowed individuals to see multiple perspectives for a diverse group of clients
A Student's Perspective
Structure of Show
10 Episodes Per Season