Using Superheroes in Counseling and Play Therapy

Using Superheroes in Counseling and Play Therapy

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by Lawrence C. Rubin
     
 

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Harness the Therapeutic Power of the Superhero!

  • Application of the Star Wars Adoption Narrative
  • Emotional Literacy and the Incredible Hulk
  • Batman and Trauma
  • What Would Superman Do--An Adlerian Approach?

With an incisive historical foreword by John Shelton Lawrence and insight from

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Harness the Therapeutic Power of the Superhero!

  • Application of the Star Wars Adoption Narrative
  • Emotional Literacy and the Incredible Hulk
  • Batman and Trauma
  • What Would Superman Do--An Adlerian Approach?

With an incisive historical foreword by John Shelton Lawrence and insight from contributors such as Michael Brody, Patty Scanlon, and Roger Kaufman, Lawrence Rubin takes us on a dynamic tour of the benefits of using these icons of popular culture and fantasy in counseling and play therapy. Not only can superheroes assist in clinical work with children, but Rubin demonstrates how they can facilitate growth and change with teen and adults. Early childhood memories of how we felt pretending to have the power to save the world or our families in the face of impending danger still resonate in our adult lives, making the use of superheroes attractive as well, to the creative counselor.

In presenting case studies and wisdom gleaned from practicing therapists' experience, Lawrence Rubin shows how it is possible to uncover children's secret identities, assist treatment of adolescents with sexual behavior problems, and inspire the journey of individuation for gay and lesbian clients, all by paying attention to our intrinsic social need for superhero fantasy and play.

Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Susan Richardson, MA, PsyD (Private Practice)
Description: This is a casebook and theoretical exploration of the uses of comic book superheroes in therapeutic work with children and adults.
Purpose: It is written for clinicians and therapists who are interested in using fantasy play with both children and adults for a multitude of psychological issues. The contributors draw upon theoretical research with myth and other rich symbolism for therapeutic purposes. The contributors ably display the potential gains for patients with these novel approaches.
Audience: The book is written for clinicians or graduate students for the purposes of training and familiarization with superhero symbolic play therapy. Many of the contributors write from their own experiences of using these symbolic play techniques.
Features: The contributors describe many different applications of the superhero play, from a multitude of theoretical perspectives, e.g. attachment theory, Adlerian theory, etc. The book also includes chapters on work with highly specific populations such as a residential teen sex offender program, adopted children, and autism spectrum clients, to name a few. The contributors do a very good job of showcasing this highly specific type of therapy for a variety of clinical applications. Linkage of theory to practice is evident and thoughtfully done.
Assessment: This is a highly readable, very original casebook for clinicians who work with children and adults. It delineates clinical fantasy play in familiar and aspirational forms for clients with a variety of interests. It is sure to be useful for therapists who are interested in garnering further skill and techniques in play therapy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826101327
Publisher:
Springer Publishing Company
Publication date:
12/20/2006
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
368
File size:
4 MB

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From the Publisher
"The diverse contributions are also united by an underpinning belief in the value of providing children with opportunities to explore and understand aspects of their emotional life and experiences, through imaginary play, within the safety of a containing therapeutic relationship. As such, there is much of merit and interest in this volume and the focus on these contributions on a specific theme--Superheroes--is to be welcomed as an enriching addition to the play therapy literature."--British Journal of Play Therapy

"There is something democratic about a therapy that can respond empathically to the experiences that patients enjoy and feel that they understand emotionally." - From the Foreword by John Shelton Lawrence, PhD, Morningside College, Emeritus

Meet the Author



Lawrence C. Rubin, PhD, LMHC, RPT-S, is a Professor of Counselor Education at St. Thomas University in Miami, where he also coordinates the Mental Health Counseling training program. He is a psychotherapist in private practice where he works with children, adolescents, and families, providing assessment, counseling, and play therapy. Dr. Rubin is a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor and current president of the Florida Association for Play Therapy. His research interests lie at the intersection of psychology and popular culture, in which context he has recently edited Psychotropic Drugs and Popular Culture: Essays on Medicine, Mental Health and the Media, Winner of the 2006 Popular Cultural Association Ray and Pat Browne Book Award for best edited collection.

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Using Superheroes In Counseling And Play Therapy 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cory Nelson's section is great. What a mind and writer. Does anyone know if he has written more books?