A Training Video That Saves Lives

The Client

The Bridge Peer Counseling Center at Stanford University offers anonymous, confidential counseling ’round the clock to members of the greater Stanford community and beyond.

Peer counseling at The Bridge spans a wide range of topics, from stress over relationships and anxiety over finals and research, to body image, sexuality and, sometimes, suicide. The work can be an emotional rollercoaster for the peer counselors. Training them to effectively respond and provide emotional support for their clients is critical to the center’s mission.

Flying Moose Pictures completed a set of counselor training videos for The Bridge – realistic simulations of calls received at the center that can be used to educate student and staff counselors.

The Project

About a year ago, Flying Moose Pictures completed a set of counselor training videos for The Bridge – realistic simulations of calls received at the center that can be used to educate student and staff counselors.

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Flying Moose recently checked in with our lead client, Dr. Alejandro M. Martinez, Ph.D., the senior associate director for consultation and liaison for counseling and psychological services at Stanford’s Vaden Health Center.

Dr, Martinez says: “The training videos are working very well for the Bridge. Each year a new suicide protocol training coordinator is selected. The videos provide consistency and a path for the training of all new students. It is an effective tool, saving a tremendous amount of hours and effort.”

Hot 20131114A Edit.Still004Flying Moose has produced many training videos for both corporations and non-profits like The Bridge. The great success of The Bridge peer counseling videos stems from the highly effective collaboration we established with Dr. Martinez and his colleagues. During script development, they focused on the communication needs for counselor training and Flying Moose worked to translate those needs into an engaging and visually compelling footage. Our collaboration followed smoothly through post-production, yielding effective, engrossing training videos.

Real student peer counselors performed in the training videos, portraying both the counselors and the clients calling for assistance. We shot both sides of the telephone conversations simultaneously to capture the emotional ebb and flow of a realistic counseling call. Of producing the training videos with Flying Moose Pictures, Dr. Martinez says:

“I am very appreciative of your patience and impressed with your insight and capacity to capture the essence of what the Bridge needed.”

We were delighted to work with The Bridge as well and to assist dedicated professionals and students who provide essential and life-saving services.

You can read an article recounting the hour-by-hour events of a night at The Bridge here: http://www.stanforddaily.com/2012/11/07/a-night-at-the-bridge-peer-counseling-center/