Superhero Therapy Online
Combining Evidence-Based Therapy with Pop Culture Narratives to Heal Clients
About This Course
Janina Scarlet, PhD, will teach you how to use game-based and pop-culture-based treatment techniques in this workshop. Adult and adolescent clients have been shown to respond to these techniques—superhero and science fiction/fantasy.
Attendees must complete the course in full and attend all sessions in order to receive ANY continuing education credit. No partial credit will be given.
Session 1 | Saturday, September 19, 2020, 12 PM—3 PM EDT
Introduction to Superhero Therapy
Formulation and processing of an origin story
Learning to select a heroic role model
Create a treatment plan using Superhero Therapy
Session 2 | Sunday, September 20, 2020, 12 PM—3 PM EDT
Introduction to game-based therapy
Interactive role-playing game demonstration
Recruiting sidekicks and learning social connection through Superhero Therapy
Establishing emotional safety through pop culture
Session 3 | Saturday, October 3, 2020, 12 PM—3 PM EDT
Fostering growth through creativity
Writing fan-fiction for therapy
Introduction to the Superhero Narrative
Using Superhero Narrative to treat PTSD, anxiety, depression
Session 4 | Sunday, October 4, 2020, 12 PM—3 PM EDT
Mindfulness as a Jedi Power
Power-ups: self-soothing with pop culture
Create your own movie – committed action, final narrative
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Participants will be able to:
- Explain the concept of Superhero Therapy.
- Demonstrate how to incorporate pop culture examples into treatment.
- Analyze which pop culture characters might be most suitable for a specific client.
- Create a treatment plan using Superhero Therapy.
- Explain the concept of Therapy Quest and game-based approaches to therapy.
- Discuss research related to game-based and pop-culture-based treatments.
- Demonstrate how to incorporate interactive choice-based game into therapy.
- Demonstrate how to apply Superhero Therapy to clinical cases.
- Demonstrate how to create emotional safety with clients using pop culture.
- Explain narrative exposure therapy (NET) techniques using pop culture.
- Demonstrate how to apply NET to treat PTSD, anxiety, and depression.
- Demonstrate how to help clients create meaningful social connections using Superhero Therapy.
- Explain the role and the importance of heroic role models for treatment and recovery
- Discuss how to “gamify” homework practice.
- Demonstrate mindfulness and self-compassion practices within the Superhero Therapy framework.
- Demonstrate the implementation of creativity exercises in Superhero Therapy.
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 12 CE Hours by the following:
- NBCC – National Counselors
- NAADAC – Drug & Alcohol Counselors
- NY State – Counselors and Social Workers
- Other State Level Counselors, MFTs, and Social Workers
- WESPSB – Educators
- ACCME – Physicians
- ANCC – Nurses
- Social Work - The state of CA recognizes APA for Social Work approval
- NASW - This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886825109-6210) for 12 continuing education contact hours.
- APA - Psychologist: Institute for Better Health, Inc is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education for psychologists. Institute for Better Health, Inc maintains responsibility for the program and its content.
Scarlet, J. (2017). Superhero Therapy. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger.
Scarlet, J. (March 2020). Dark Agents: Violet and the Trial of Trauma. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger.
Download this free Superhero Therapy Handout to get a taste of the ACT principles that inform this approach.
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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 contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to cancel a registration.