Wednesday, January 21, 2015 – 7:30pm
Netherlands 2013. Director: Ingeborg Jansen. 60 min. Blu-ray Disc
VANCOUVER PREMIERE! Gebraiel is a sweet-natured little boy who doesn’t show much emotion and won’t look you in the eye when you speak to him. His worried mother has brought him to Riagg Rijnmond, the Dutch Youth Mental Health Centre in Rotterdam, for an assessment. That some of the patients at the Riagg are still in preschool gives added significance to the work that goes on there. Bolstered by seemingly endless cups of coffee, child and adolescent therapists meet daily with troubled children and their parents, providing assessment, counselling, and therapy for concerns ranging from ADHD and autism to trauma and anxiety disorders. This intimate, sensitive documentary, filmed cinema-vérité style, limns without sentimentality the daily routine at Riagg Rijnmond, where all victories are hard-won and well-fought.
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Post-screening discussion with Dr. Charlotte Johnston, a professor and the Director of Clinical Training in the Clinical Psychology Program in the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Johnston’s research focuses on families of children with ADHD or disruptive disorders, with a particular focus on how these problems impact parent-child interactions.
Moderated by Dr. Harry Karlinsky, Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia.