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Media Psychology Programs

Fielding’s Media Psychology programs enable students to enter at their qualification, readiness and goal levels. The PhD in Media Psychology program provides a research-based program that informs practice in an evolving field of study. The Masters of Arts in Media Psychology is 100% online, applies psychological science to media and technology landscapes. The 3-course Certificate in Media Psychology program is also 100% online, and offers emphases in Media Neuroscience and Brand Psychology & Audience Engagement.

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Professional Development in a Virtual World: A Narrative Approach

This presentation will describe an online, narrative-based approach that creates space for connection and reflection among professionals.

One challenge of the pandemic has been the loss of connection. Further, much remaining contact has become very goal directed, such as classes and department meetings. This presentation will describe an online, narrative-based approach that creates space for connection and reflection among professionals. This presentation is based on the first two groups. A series of narrative prompts developed in past research was adapted for professionals. The prompts invite people to tell a professional story on seven themes: a high point, low point, turning point, positive behavior, not-so-positive behavior, current challenge, and future directions. During each self-contained two-hour session, members write for 20 minutes, each person then shares their story, and the group provides feedback to each other. Results: The groups helped create a space that is largely missing, perhaps not only during this period of social distancing but also more broadly. The virtual space helped create more “audible narratives” around many of the challenges of working in academia and gave each member food for thought on their own professional journey. In this presentation, participants will share some of the stories and invite discussion among the attendees, creating a unique virtual space during this conference as well.

Panelists: Sherry Hamby, Victoria Banyard, Clementine Msengi, Danielle Littman

Moderator: Pam Rutledge

Date, Time & Location: Thu, July 16, 2020. 9:30 – 10:45 am (PT) — Room 2

Danielle Littman

Danielle Maude Littman

PhD student in the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver
Pam Rutledge, PhD

Pam Rutledge, PhD

Doctoral Faculty in Media Psychology at Fielding Graduate University
Clementine Msengi, Ed.D.

Clementine Msengi, EdD

Visiting Assistant Professor within the Department of Educational Leadership Center for Doctoral Studies at Lamar University
Victoria Banyard

Victoria Banyard, PhD

Professor and Associate Director, Center on Violence Against Women and Children
Sherry Hamby, Ph.D.

Sherry Hamby, PhD

Director of the Life Paths Research Center and Founder of ResilienceCon. Research Professor of Psychology at the University of the South