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Friday, December 3rd 2021 - Saturday, December 4th 2021

Superhero Therapy: An Evidence-based Approach for Anxiety, Depression and PTSD

Dr. Janina Scarlet
presented by Leading Edge Seminars

Webinar: Live Broadcast Dates: Friday, December 3, and Saturday, December 4, 2021
Live Broadcast Time: 1:00 pm to 4:15 pm ET each day

Follow-up Q&A
Live Broadcast Date: Thursday, December 9, 2021
Live Broadcast Time: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm ET

Can’t Attend Live? This webinar and Follow-up Q&A will be recorded and archived. All registrants will be given unlimited access to the recording for a full year after the Live Broadcast date.

Join us for Virtual Lunch Together with Dr. Janina Scarlet on November 4, 2021 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm ET. Click here to learn more

It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s Superhero Therapy! This revolutionary, evidence-based therapy uses elements of popular culture to help de-stigmatize clients’ mental health experiences.

In the age of the rapidly rising mental health crisis, we need to make mental health accessible and relatable. People around the world are struggling with anxiety, depression and PTSD. Yet, most either don’t know how to process their traumatic experiences or are shamed for trying. As a result, many people might suppress their emotions as well as their own voices.

Numerous empirical studies demonstrate the evidence of adverse psychological effects of invalidation, emotional abuse, and emotion suppression. Popular culture — superheroes! — can be used as a bridge for understanding and skill building. This allows clients to feel understood, making it safer for them to process their mental health experiences.

Worldwide fascination with superheroes from Star Wars, Harry Potter, Wonder Woman, and the Avengers is popular for a very good reason. These stories allow people to feel less alone; to be more supported. For decades now, such films, books, and TV shows have reflected people’s mental health struggles, including PTSD, grief, anxiety, and depression.

Superhero Therapy (ST) incorporates elements of popular culture into evidence-based therapy as a way of destigmatizing the client’s mental health experience. This training focuses on how to use Superhero Therapy to help clients feel understood and supported and expand their emotional vocabulary. You’ll also learn how to assist the client in becoming their own version of a superhero in real life (IRL), fostering posttraumatic growth. No previous experience with popular culture necessary! Capes are optional.

About the Presenter:

Dr. Janina Scarlet is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, author, TEDx speaker and a full-time geek. A Ukrainian-born refugee, she survived Chernobyl radiation and persecution and immigrated to the United States at the age of 12 with her family. Later, Dr. Scarlet was inspired by the X-Men and developed Superhero Therapy to help patients with anxiety, depression and PTSD.

Dr. Scarlet is the recipient of the Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award by the United Nations Association for her work on Superhero Therapy. Her work has been featured on Yahoo, BBC, NPR, Sunday Times, CNN, CW, ABC, The New York Times, Forbes, the Nerdist, BuzzFeed and others. She was also portrayed as a comic book character in Gail Simone's Seven Days graphic novel.

Dr. Scarlet currently works at the Center for Stress and Anxiety Management in San Diego. She has authored Superhero Therapy , Harry Potter Therapy , Dark Agents , Super-Women , among others .


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