Student Intern Fuses Film and Psychology
Northeast Ohio Medical University’s Best Practices in Schizophrenia Treatment (BeST) Center wants to improve the lives and treatments of those with schizophrenia. As a training instructional specialist, Pamela Roeper, M.A., works with BeST Center consultants and trainers to create and optimize training materials, coordinate remote learning and create promotional videos. Recently, she has been busy creating an online course in partnership with Ohio mental health and addiction services for mental health care workers and to learn to work with patients. On hand to help her is intern Celia Moreland, a high school senior at Bio-Med Science Academy, the STEM+M high school on NEOMED’s campus.
Moreland approached Roeper after seeing the internship featured in an article in The Pulse last year. Roeper saw Moreland as the right fit, given her interest in psychology and willingness to learn the necessary video and audio editing skills.
Roeper worked with Moreland to create a video titled Video Conference Etiquette, explaining the dos and don’ts of participating in a video conference. Not only did they record and edit the etiquette video for the BeST Center and Project ECHO—they even acted in it. Currently, Moreland is leading the production of a welcome video for the Department of Psychiatry, intended to help new hires and interns get to know the department. For this, Roeper and Moreland are utilizing a green screen, a technique that Moreland has been learning along with new software. experience in before. Now when she watches a movie where people are shown riding in a car and some surprising scenery appears in the window behind them, she’ll know that it was through the magic of the green screen.
Roeper says, “I’ve been able to give her tasks and let her figure things out, improve and learn, like learning the green screen process. The goal is for her to learn skills that she can use later on in life.”
Roeper and the BeST Center has not only fostered Moreland’s love for psychology, but also sparked a new passion for media production.
Amber Cocchiola, a senior at Bio-Med Science Academy and an intern in the Office of Marketing and Communications, contributed to this report.