Superhero Therapy Conference

up to 16
CE Hours available ( How do I get my CE? )
Janina Scarlet, PhD Creator of Superhero Therapy, and author

About This Course

As human beings, we all know how crippling the loneliness and isolation of mental health struggles can be.

And as mental health professionals, we’ve seen clients in the throes of this isolation. We’ve all had a client who enters sessions closed-off and unreachable no matter how hard we try to break through.

When clients are combating feelings of shame and isolation, sharing intimate details about painful experiences to a complete stranger can feel impossible. And many have simply never learned the vocabulary to describe their emotions and explain what they're going through.

But many clients report turning to stories – movies, TV shows, books, and video games for solace and a sense of support and connection when they are going through a hard time.

If we harness the power of such stories in therapy, we can begin to dismantle feelings of shame to build meaningful connections with clients.

And the best part is: You don’t need to be an expert in games and pop culture — your client is the expert. All you have to be is open-minded and curious.

Inside the conference

At the workshops and talks offered at this conference, you will learn from other mental health professionals about how to incorporate elements of popular culture into evidence-based therapies in order to make therapy fun, engaging, and accessible while applying powerful healing techniques in a pop culture context.

Superhero Therapy isn’t a replacement for your current therapeutic approach.

Rather, it’s a set of perspectives, strategies, and tools utilizing pop culture and stories that you can integrate into your work.

You’ll learn how to incorporate Superhero Therapy principles into evidence-based therapies, such as acceptance and commitment therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and narrative exposure therapy.

And you’ll get the chance to see how incorporating pop culture into your work can not only make therapy fun and inviting, but also enhance the effectiveness and flexibility of your approach while still staying true to the original protocol.

Each session will be led by a specialist guiding you through the intricacies and strategies they use for different populations, conditions, and situations, with topics ranging from working with inmates and offenders, to changing the trauma narrative from “broken” to “empowered,” to building consciousness and empathy through media representation. (See schedule below for a full list of training topics.)

You’ll leave this training with an approach to therapy that invites your client to pull strength from their own expertise, passions, and creativity to overcome their obstacles, learn tools for self-compassion, and build stronger relationships.

This conference will take place over 4 live online sessions, beginning on Thursday, September 16, 2021. We are currently still finalizing the schedule of sessions and confirming the CE hours. Please check back soon for finalized information. Please review complete session abstracts, objectives, target audience and complete CE details by clicking here. Attendees may earn CE/CME hours if participating in the live event. Sessions must be attended in full in order to earn CE credit for individual sessions.

Each session will be recorded and offered to participants for 6 months after the conclusion of the conference. So if you are unable to attend part of the conference, or simply want to go back and review, you’ll have the chance to get the fullest experience possible from this training. CE credit will not be available for sessions that are not attended live.

Schedule

Thursday, September 16
11:00 am to 12:00 pm EDT
Stories Matter: Building Resilience, Consciousness, and Empathy through Media Representation (Drea Letamendi)

12:00 am to 1:00 pm EDT
Using Superheroes in Play Therapy with Children and Adolescents (Sophia Ansari)

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm EDT
Video Games, Executive Function Skills, and Therapy?! An Invitation to Play & Explore (Boontarika Sripom and Janina Scarlet)

2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT
The ACT of Dungeons & Dragons (Megan Connell)

Friday, September 17
11:00 am to 12:00 pm EDT
The Power of the Superhero Story (Travis Langley)

12:00 am to 1:00 pm EDT
Using Superhero Therapy for ACT Metaphors (Yonatan Sobin and Lanaya Ethington)

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm EDT
Superhero Redemption Therapy: Working with Offenders (Asher Johnson)

2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT
Therapeutic Fanfiction: Co-creating healing rebellion with your clients (Justine Mastin and Larisa Garski)

Saturday, September 18
11:00 am to 12:00 pm EDT
Superhero Therapy: Changing the Trauma Narrative from “Broken” to “Empowered” (Janina Scarlet)

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EDT
Using pop-culture to treat trauma in Active Duty military and Veterans (Travis Adams)

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm EDT
A Multiverse of Diversity: Infinite Variables in a Finite Space (Billicent San Juan)

2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT
Using Superhero Therapy with LGBTQIA Clients (Wesley Giselle Gos)

Sunday, September 19
11:00 am to 12:00 pm EDT
A Common Language: Understanding Each Other Through Geek Culture (Josué Cardona)

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EDT
Roll, Play, Grow: The power of tabletop role-playing games for social flourishing (Adam Davis)

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm EDT
Anime in Therapy (Cassidy Russell)

2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT
Fan Culture and The Psychological Benefits of Fandom (Lynn Zubernis)

Please click here for information about conference presenters.

Learning Objectives

Please click here to review the CE Information packet for complete session details.

Continuing Education

Please review the complete CE information packet and session specific details prior to registering. This live online conference is jointly sponsored by Praxis CET and Institute for Better Health (IBH) and is approved for 1 CE Hour per hour attended by the following listed below. Attendees may earn up to 16 Contact hours. There was no commercial support for this activity. None of the planners or presenters for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

Praxis CET maintains responsibility for the program with the CE approvals outlined below:
  • Drug and Alcohol Counselors:Indicated courses have been approved by Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 1 CE hour per hour attended. NAADAC Provider #165310, Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc, is responsible for all aspects of its programming.
  • National Counselors: Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc. has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6759. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc. is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

  • NY Social Workers:Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0467
  • NY Counselors:Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0198.
  • NY Psychologists:Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0002.
Institute for Better Health maintains responsibility for the program with the CE approvals outlined below:
  • Physicians:This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Institute for Better Health and Praxis Continuing Education and Training. The Institute for Better Health is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Institute for Better Health designates this live internet activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™ per hour attended. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • Psychologists:Institute for Better Health is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education to psychologists. Institute for Better Health maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.
  • Nurses:Institute for Better Health, Inc is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Institute for Better Health is approved by the California Board of Registered Nurses, BRN (Provider CEP#2672).
  • Educators:Institute for Better Health has been approved by the Washington State Professional Educator Standards Board (WESPSB), a member of NASDTEC, as a Clock Hour Provider for Educators. Learners may claim one Clock Hour for each activity hour attended. Please contact your individual state boards for information regarding reciprocity and any additional requirements.
  • Social Workers please note:In many states, you may be able to self-submit this course to your board. Many states have reciprocity with other approvals offered for this course such as APA, NBCC, or NY State Social Work. Please check with your individual board for further information on what is acceptable.

Prerequisites

None.

Audience

For mental health professionals

Recommended Reading

References

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 up to 14 days before the course or workshop start date, minus an administrative processing fee of $30 for a 2-day workshop or online course, and a $50 fee for a 4-day workshop. If cancelled within 14 days, no refund will be issued, however, a credit for the same amount will be applied toward another learning product, which expires within 1 year. Please email us at events@praxiscet.zendesk.com to cancel a registration.