Movie List

Here are list of movies you can use for additional training hours or just to read or watch.

If you know of any movies you would like to see included on these lists that others might enjoy/appreciate, please let your supervisor or the Director of Training know and we will update the list.

For training hours – you can use up to TWO books and/or movies per fiscal year towards your required hours.

To use these movies towards your training hours, you must watch your selection and write a two to three paragraph summary of the movie in the notes section of your training log in Optima.

For movies – it will depend on the movie – for example, there is a half hour documentary, that included with the summary, would be an hour. The most time for any movie will be 3 hours (including the summary).

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Director of Training.


Buck: An examination of the life of acclaimed ‘horse whisperer’ Buck Brannaman, who recovered from years of child abuse to become a well-known expert in the interactions between horses and people.


First Circle: A revealing documentary about Foster Care, family, and healing in the Western United States. This film was filmed over a five year period in Idaho and Oregon and follows families struggling to heal, administrators working for change, and the isolation of a western landscape responsible for both the manufacturing of and liberation from meth addiction.

Prescription for Hope: Overcoming Nevada’s Opioid Epidemic: The 29 minute documentary received a regional Emmy nomination for best documentary. It follows the lives of several Nevadans who have experienced the loss of a loved one due to opioids and the constant battle and power of hope to overcome an opioid addiction.

Adopted: For the life of me: Follows Dave, a 52 year old adoptee as he embarks on a journey to find his birthmother. His saga, with its unexpected and moving epiphany, illuminates the impact secrets can have over an entire lifetime.


Closure: A documentary about a transracial adoptee who finds her birth mother, and meets the rest of the family who didn’t know she existed, including her birth father. A story about identity, the complexities of trans-racial adoption, and most importantly, closure.


Autumn’s Eyes: A compelling documentary about a 3-year-old girl who tries to navigate through the harsh reality of severe poverty, her teenage mother’s incarceration and looming foster care. Charming, obedient, and unable to fully comprehend the severity of her environment, Autumn is shielded from her own reality. Caught between the innocence of childhood and the growing necessity to be an adult, she represents hope to a family of women caught in the cyclical web of abuse, incarceration and poverty. Autumn’s Eyes captures this impressionable time in this child’s life, and ask the greater question: is there truly hope for a child growing up in these circumstances? Through the perspective of a little girl, Autumn’s Eyes explores this perilous state of hope.



Know How: A film written and acted by foster care youth ripped from the stories of their lives. Five youth’s worlds interweave as they confront loss, heartbreak, and come of age in this tale about transience and perseverance. Addie struggles to graduate from high school while her best friend Marie loses her grandmother. Megan copes with being taken from her abusive family and faces the harsh reality of living in a residential treatment center. All the while Eva works to be mother to her sister while their father falls deeper into a crack addiction. Finally, there’s Austin who’s living on the street with his brother; barely able to feed himself. All of them must decide to survive or else fall victim to a broken system.


Boy Erased: Jared Eamons, the son of a small-town Baptist pastor, must overcome the fallout after being outed as gay to his parents. His father and mother struggle to reconcile their love for their son with their beliefs. Fearing a loss of family, friends and community, Jared is pressured into attending a conversion therapy program. While there, Jared comes into conflict with its leader and begins his journey to finding his own voice and accepting his true self.


Very Young Girls: Is an expose of human trafficking that follows 13 and 14 year old American girls as they are seduced, abused, and sold on New York’s streets by pimps, and treated as adult criminals by police. The film follows the barely adolescent girls in real-time using vérité and intimate interviews with them as they are first lured on to the streets and the dire events that follow.


The Crime of the Century – This documentary chronicles the introduction of opiates by Purdue pharma to the FDA as non-addictive no matter the dosage in the literature for drug approval. Then goes on to show how pharmaceutical reps did the same when trying to sell it to doctors. And then to go on with Fentanyl and how it was intended for break through pain in end of life cancer patients. This is on HBO, so you need to have HBO to watch it.