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Ennis girl star of psychology film

An Ennis sixth grader had the chance to do something that not many kids are asked to do: appear in film.
Tori Motley, who is 13 years old, was cast in an educational video produced by Tom Johnson with Laureate Education, Inc. Tori’s mother, Sheila Motley, said the film will be shown to college psychology students as part of the curriculum.
Sheila heard about the video through her co-worker at Polyguard Products, Lisa Nickel. Nickel’s mother, Alethea Baker, is a psychologist in Ohio, and told Nickel about the film being made in Dallas, Sheila said. The filmmakers were looking for a child between the ages of 10 and 12 to be in the film. Nickel told Sheila about this because she knew Sheila’s daughter was about that age.
Although Tori had just turned 13, she was cast in the film. Sheila said Tori was the youngest person to appear in the film. Another student from the Dallas area was cast in the film, but he was college-age, according to Sheila.
Tori and Sheila arrived at the Sheraton Hotel in Dallas on Thursday morning to prepare for the filming. There was a breakfast that consisted of muffins and fruit for the cast members and their families.
“I was treated like royalty; I got to eat all kinds of fancy breakfast stuff and kept being asked if there was anything I needed,” Tori said.
Tori even got to have her makeup applied for the filming. After makeup, she was escorted into the filming room, and Johnson, the film’s producer, explained what was going to happen during the filming of the scene she was in, Sheila said.
Tori was filmed with Jerome Sattler, a diplomat in Clinical Psychology of the American Board of Professional Psychology, Sheila said. Tori and Sattler sat across a table from each other and Sattler gave Tori a small sample of the Intelligence Scale test. This will show psychology students the correct way to administer the test.
The entire filming process only took about an hour for Tori. She was not paid for her part, but she was given lots of candy, Sheila said.
Tori claimed she wasn’t nervous during the process and may have found a future calling.
“It was fun and I want to do it again the next time they have to do a filming,” Tori said.
The film will be released with a textbook aimed at college psychology students. Pearson Higher Education is publishing the textbook, Sheila said. Sattler has published books that represent the cutting edge of clinical assessment of children and families. The books are designed for students in training as well as for practitioners and clinicians.
Sattler has won many awards for his work including the Gold Medal for Life Achievements in the application of Psychology and the Senior Scientist Award of Division 16 of the American Psychological Association.
Tori is a sixth grader at the Ennis Sixth Grade Center. She is also active in Girl Scouts and the SPJST Youth Club.

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