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Overview

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.

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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.
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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.
From The Critics
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826102690
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 927,609
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.81 (d)

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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Table of Contents

Contributors

Foreword, John Shelton Lawrence, Morningside College, Emeritus

Preface

Acknowledgments

  1. Section I: Traditional Superheroes in Counseling and Play Therapy
  2. Introduction: Look, Up in the Sky! An Introduction to the Use of Superheroes in Psychotherapy, Lawrence C. Rubin
  3. Superheroes in Therapy: Uncovering Children's Secret Identities, Robert J. Porter
  4. What Would Superman Do? Cory A. Nelson
  5. Superheroes and Sandplay: Using the Archetype through the Healing Journey, William McNulty
  6. The Incredible Hulk and Emotional Literacy, Jennifer Mendoza Sayers
  7. Section II: Superheroes and Unique Clinical Applications

  8. Holy Franchise! Batman and Trauma, Michael Brody,
  9. Making a Place for the Angry Hero on the Team, Harry Livesay
  10. A Super Millieu: Using Superheroes in the Residential Treatment of Adolescents with Sexual Behavior Problems, Karen Robertie, Ryan Weidenbenner, Leya Barrett, and Robert Poole
  11. Superheroes are Super Friends: Developing Social Skills and Emotional Reciprocity with Autism Spectrum Clients, Patty Scanlon
  12. Superheroes in Play Therapy with an Attachment Disordered Child, Carmela Wenger
  13. Luke, I Am Your Father! A Clinical Application of the Star Wars Adoption Narrative, Lawrence C. Rubin

  14. Section III: Non-Traditional Therapeutic Applications of Superheroes
  15. Becoming the Hero: The Use of Role-Playing Games in Psychotherapy, George Enfield
  16. To Boldly Go! Star Trek Superheroes in Therapy, Jeff Pickens
  17. Hypnosis and Superheroes, Jan Burte
  18. Heroes Who Learn to Love Their Monsters: How Fantasy Film Characters Can Inspire the Journey of Individuation for Gay and Lesbian Clients in Psychotherapy, Roger Kaufman
  19. Afterword
  20. Appendix
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2007

    Super Book It is a great help !!!

    Cory Nelson's section is great. What a mind and writer. Does anyone know if he has written more books?

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