Popular Culture in Counseling, Psychotherapy, and Play-Based Interventions

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Lawrence C. Rubin, PhD, LMHC, RPT-S
Springer Publishing Company, May 12, 2008 - Psychology - 416 pages

With a Foreword by Danny Fingeroth, former Group Editor of Marvel's Spiderman comics line

Popular culture, simply stated, is the language of a people, expressed through everything from its clothing, food choices, and religious practices to its media. The popular and predominant values, interests, and needs of a society find their way into mass consciousness through a variety of venues including literature, cinema, television, video games, sport, and music. Through the inter-related forces of mass production, global marketing and the Internet, the fruits of popular culture penetrate into stores, living rooms, and everyday experience of children, teens, and adults in the form of catchphrases, toys, iconography, celebrities, and indelible images. Psychotherapists and counselors who can tap into the powerful images, messages, and icons of popular culture have at their disposal an unlimited universe of resources for growth, change, and healing.

Using real-world case examples and sound psychological theory, this book demonstrates how you can immediately start incorporating popular culture icons and images into your counseling or therapy. In this way, the authors will help elevate your ability to conduct clinical interviews with clients of all ages and all types of clinical problems.


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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. He is also the editor of "Using Superheroes in Counseling and Play Therapy" (Springer Publishing, 2006).

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