Using Superheroes in Counseling and Play Therapy

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Lawrence C. Rubin
Springer Publishing Company, Dec 20, 2006 - Psychology - 368 pages
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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 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 icons of popular culture and fantasy in counseling and play therapy.

In presenting case studies and wisdom gleaned from practicing therapists' experience, Rubin shows how therapists can uncover children's secret identities, assist treatment of adolescents with sexual behavior problems, and inspire the journey of individuation for gay and lesbian clients. Not only can superheroes assist in clinical work with children, but Rubin demonstrates how they can facilitate growth and change with teen and adults.

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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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