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Superhero Therapy – San Diego
Combining Evidence-Based Therapy with Pop Culture Narratives to Heal
13
CE Hours available ( How do I get my CE? )
Janina Scarlet Dr. Janina Scarlet is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, a scientist, and a full-time geek.
About this Training
Superhero stories and characters from fantasy and science fiction worlds have become prominent in American culture. We look to these stories for strength and inspiration in our everyday lives—especially during times of struggle. This workshop will focus on how to incorporate popular culture and interactive games into evidence-based therapies, such as acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and narrative exposure therapy (NET) to help clients better manage anxiety, depression, PTSD, and other psychological disorders. Join clinical psychologist and international speaker/trainer Dr. Janina Scarlet in exploring Superhero Therapy, and learn how it might help you better help your clients in promoting positive changes.

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 stories contain powerful narratives and characters with which many clients quickly identify. They offer a new way in to your client’s deepest fears and values. You’ll leave this workshop with the tools to help your clients map their own heroic journey using ACT, CBT, and NET.

After all, even superheroes need help sometimes.
Learning Objectives
Participants will be able to:
  1. Explain the concept of Superhero Therapy.
  2. Demonstrate how to incorporate pop culture examples into treatment.
  3. Analyze which pop culture characters might be most suitable for a specific client.
  4. Create a treatment plan using Superhero Therapy.
  5. Explain the concept of Therapy Quest and game-based approaches to therapy.
  6. Discuss research related to game-based and pop-culture-based treatments.
  7. Demonstrate how to incorporate interactive choice-based game into therapy.
  8. Demonstrate how to apply Superhero Therapy to clinical cases.
  9. Demonstrate how to create emotional safety with clients using pop culture.
  10. Explain narrative exposure therapy (NET) techniques using pop culture.
  11. Demonstrate how to apply NET to treat PTSD, anxiety, and depression.
  12. Demonstrate how to help clients create meaningful social connections using Superhero Therapy.
  13. Explain the role and the importance of heroic role models for treatment and recovery
  14. Discuss how to “gamify” homework practice.
  15. Demonstrate mindfulness and self-compassion practices within the Superhero Therapy framework.
  16. Demonstrate the implementation of creativity exercises in Superhero Therapy.
Prerequisites
None.
Audience
This course is intended for mental health professionals, beginners to intermediate level
Recommended Reading

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

Program
Saturday, September 21

8:00 am to 8:30 am

  • Registration (Not available for CE)

8:30 am to 10:15 am

  • Welcoming and Orientation
  • Introduction to Superhero Therapy 
  • Formulation and processing of an origin story 

10:15 am to 10:30 am 

  • Morning Break  (Not available for CE)

10:30 am to 12:30 pm 

  • Learning to select a heroic role model 
  • Create a treatment plan using Superhero Therapy

12:30 pm to 2:00 pm

  • Lunch Break (Not available for CE)

2:00 pm to 3:15 pm

  • Introduction to game-based therapy 
  • Interactive role-playing game demonstration

3:15 pm to 3:30 pm 

  • Afternoon Break (Not available for CE)

3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

  • Recruiting sidekicks and learning social connection through Superhero Therapy
  • Establishing emotional safety through pop culture
  • Q & A
Sunday, September 22

8:00 am to 8:30 am

  • Check-in (Not available for CE)

8:30 am to 10:15 am

  • Fostering growth through creativity
  • Writing fan-fiction for therapy

10:15am to 10:30am 

  • Morning Break (Not available for CE)

10:30 am to 12:30pm

  •  Introduction to the Superhero Narrative
  • Using Superhero Narrative to treat PTSD, anxiety, depression

12:30 pm to 2:00 pm 

  • Lunch Break (Not available for CE)

2:00 pm to 3:15 pm

  • Mindfulness as a Jedi Power
  • Power-ups: self-soothing with pop culture

3:15 pm to 3:30 pm 

  • Afternoon Break (Not available for CE)

3:30 pm to 5:00 pm 

  • Create your own movie – committed action, final narrative
  • “Gamifying” homework
  • Q & A
References

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.

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September 21 - 22, 2019
8:30am - 5:00pm
Holiday Inn San Diego Bayside
4875 North Harbor Drive, US, San Diego, California 92106
See venue's website for Room Block; Use code PSH
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