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5 Great Movies to Use For Teen Inpatient Group Therapy

Updated on April 3, 2016

Whale Rider (2002)

Whale Rider is a delightful tale of a young Maori girl who fights passionately to maintain her place in the family and in the community. Traditional family values state that a female may not hold the role that the young girl believes is her fate to uphold. This film is full of emotion, broaches family values, gender roles, tradition, community and generational differences.


Big Hero 6 (2014)

Big Hero 6 is a thought provoking animated film about a bright young boy who loses his older brother whom he looked up to. The main character experiences the emotions that go along with loss of a loved one. He finds strength and the courage to overcome his sadness by continuing to build a robot that his brother started to build before his death. He uses the robot to help find his brother's killer.


Freedom Writers (2007)

Inspired by a true story, this film is about a high school teacher who cares greatly about her class and their success. The privileged white teacher, comes into the inner city classroom hoping to change lives. Through her own personal growth and loss, she is able to bring opportunity, understanding, encouragement, and education to the kids in her class. Ultimately, some class members create the Freedom Writer's Foundation to follow through on the incredible journey this teacher began with them.


Bend it Like Beckham (2002)

A comedy that is light and fun, but also emotional and touching. The main character has to go against traditional family and cultural values to play soccer, the sport she loves. The movie is inspirational and opens the group up to discuss disappointment, determination, inspiration, having challenging discussions with family, and the list goes on...


Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

This popular film from 2012, depicts the lives of two people who suffer from mental illness. One is fresh out of an inpatient facility and is now working back into his life. The movie addresses issues of mental illness, family dynamics, medication compliance, and relationships.


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