Becoming the Hero of Your Journey: An Introduction to Superhero Therapy

CE Hours available ( How do I get my CE? )
Janina Scarlet, PhD Creator of Superhero Therapy, and author

About This Course

Have you ever wanted to be a superhero? Have you ever wished that you had magical abilities like Harry Potter, become a Jedi, or could travel the universe with The Doctor?

In this course, Dr. Janina Scarlet, a clinical psychologist, author, and a full-time geek will talk about how our connections to our favorite fandoms can help us better cope with difficult emotional experiences. This course will talk about how we can face our fears like Batman, learn to be one with the Force, and embrace our own magical emotions.

This course is designed for educational purposes only and is not meant as a substitute for mental health treatment, nor is it meant to diagnose or treat any mental health or physical disorder.

In addition, this course can be helpful for mental health providers in terms of providing an introduction about how to talk to your clients about mental health through the lens of popular culture.

Prior to registering, please review speaker-planner conflict of interest disclosures and complete CE information.


Session 1: December 11, 2019, 12 pm-2 pm EDT

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:
  1. Explain the concept of Superhero Therapy and how it can be effective with clients
  2. Demonstrate how characters from popular culture can be helpful in understanding and managing anxiety, depression, and trauma
  3. Discuss research related to game-based and pop-culture-based treatments
  4. Explain the concept of game-based therapy

Continuing Education

Please review complete CE and conflict-of-interest disclosure information prior to registering. This course is jointly sponsored by Praxis CET and Institute for Better Health (IBH) and is approved for 2 CE Hours by the following:

  • APA – Psychologists
  • ASWB – National Social Workers
  • NBCC – National Counselors
  • NY State – Counselors and Social Workers
  • Other State Level Counselors, MFTs, and Social Workers
  • WESPSB – Educators




This course is intended for mental health professionals, beginners to intermediate level.

Recommended Reading

Scarlet, J. (2017). Superhero Therapy. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger.

Superhero Therapy


Derrick, J. E., Gabriel, S., & Hugenberg, K. (2009). Social surrogacy: How favored television programs provide the experience of belonging. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology 45, 352–362

Garbarino, J. (1987). Children’s response to a sexual abuse prevention program: A study of the Spiderman comic. Child Abuse & Neglect, 11(1), 143-148.

Vezzali, L., Stathi, S., Giovannini, D., Capozza, D., & Trifiletti, E. (2015). The greatest magic of Harry Potter: Reducing prejudice. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 45(2), 105-121.

White, R. E., Prager, E. O., Schaefer, C., Kross, E., Duckworth, A. L., & Carlson, S. M. (2017). The “Batman Effect”: Improving perseverance in young children. Child development, 88(5), 1563-1571.

Young, A. F., Gabriel, S., & Hollar, J. L. (2013). Batman to the rescue! The protective effects of parasocial relationships with muscular superheroes on men’s body image. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 49(1), 173-177.

Refund and Cancellation Policy

We understand, sometimes things come up!

Praxis will offer a full refund to registrants of both live and live-online trainings who cancel their registration prior to 14 days before an event/course. If a registrant would like to cancel their registration within 14 days of the event, no refund will be offered. However, the registrant can elect to receive a credit to be used toward another Praxis event within 1 calendar year.