Saint Petersburg College Beautiful Boy Film Analysis

Lesson 5

Task: Reply to this topicAfter reviewing all of the content in the lesson, find a movie, book. play, poem, etc. in popular culture that depicts an individual/group/family that is dealing with a crisis. Share with us any links or information you have on your selection. I have shared one of my favorite examples of an inventor, Dr. Robert Kearns, and how he and his family coped with his crisis.

* Do a plot summary and tells us about the main character(s), the crisis, how they dealt with it (either effectively or ineffectively), what resources or tools they utilized, etc.

* Be sure to tie it back into what you have learned so far in this course regarding helping individuals dealing with a crisis.

Post your response to the above in the Discussion Board (250 words minimum)


(2008) Plot Summary

  • Based on the true story of college professor and part-time inventor Robert Kearns’ long battle with the U.S. automobile industry, Flash of Genius tells the tale of one man whose fight to receive recognition for his ingenuity would come at a heavy price. But this determined engineer refused to be silenced, and he took on the corporate titans in a battle that nobody thought he could win. The Kearns were a typical 1960s Detroit family, trying to live their version of the American Dream. Local university professor Bob married teacher Phyllis and, by their mid-thirties, had six kids who brought them a hectic but satisfying Midwestern existence. When Bob invents a device that would eventually be used by every car in the world, the Kearns think they have struck gold. But their aspirations are dashed after the auto giants who embraced Bob’s creation unceremoniously shunned the man who invented it. Ignored, threatened and then buried in years of litigation, Bob is haunted by what was done to his family and their future. He becomes a man obsessed with justice and the conviction that his life’s work-or for that matter, anyone’s work-be acknowledged by those who stood to benefit. And while paying the toll for refusing to compromise his dignity, this everyday David will try the unthinkable: to bring Goliath to his knees.- Written by Anonymous
  • It’s the early 1960s Detroit. Dr. Robert W. Kearns is a husband, father, engineering professor, and sometimes inventor. Out for a drive during a rainstorm, Bob, who suffered an eye injury during his honeymoon years earlier, wonders why his car’s windshield wipers couldn’t function more like the human eyelid in clearing away excess liquid whenever required so as to be able to see clearly at all times. As such, he goes about inventing windshield wipers that can operate at variable speeds for whatever the appropriate rain condition. He and his longtime friend, Gil Previck, who works in the automotive industry, patent his design. Protective of his intellectual property, Bob wants to manufacture and sell the product to the big auto makers. They learn that all the big players have been working on the idea for years – what the industry has coined the intermittent wiper – but that none of the auto makers has yet come close to a workable design. Macklin Tyler, an executive at Ford, shows interest in Bob’s product. Getting what he believes is verbal contract from Tyler to proceed, Bob both provides a prototype to Ford and begins the process of finding a factory location. However, Bob and Gil later officially learn, after one non-returned phone call after another, that Ford decides not to proceed with them, but unofficially learn it’s because they have stolen Bob’s design and have manufactured the wiper themselves. Bob and Gil have different approaches in how to deal with Ford. Gil wants to move slowly in not alienating the industry, his customers. Bob, on the other hand, wants recognition that Ford stole his idea. Bob will find that most people who he looks to for help take an approach closer to Gil’s, believing that Ford wields the power in time and money. As such, Bob is often alone in his fight against Ford. As Bob goes on his mission for what he considers justice, he will have to decide too how much is enough in the toll of what he’s doing on his relationships with his wife Phyllis and his children, and by association their collective welfare, as well as his own health and mental well being.Written by Huggo

Lesson 6

Task: Reply to this topicDEALING WITH BURNOUT

Based upon this weeks readings and your insight, discuss some ways that Human Service workers can deal with burnout.

Post your response to the above in the Discussion Board (250 words minimum)

Lesson 7


  • PAPER GUIDELINES:For this paper, you will need to visit a local agency that provides crisis services. You will interview them and find out things about the agency and the people they serve. You will prepare a paper, add other materials, and “present” it to the class in a discussion forum. It is important to go out and bring back community resources for the class to share. This is beneficial to those that are already in the field and also for those that might be looking for work or volunteer experiences. For ideas of local agencies in the Tampa Bay area, please take a look at the human services resource site – See link
    Below are some things that you might find out about the agency:* How did their organization start?
    * Where do they get their funding?

    * What types of people do they serve?

    * How do you qualify for services?

    * What services do they offer?

    * What is a typical day like?

    * How does one prevent burn-out working in the field and in that agency?

    * You may wish to get brochures, agency website, other items to share with the class in order to enhance your presentation.


For ideas of local agencies in the Tampa Bay area, please take a look at the human services resource site – See link

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