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Using Superheroes in Counseling and Play Therapy : SPRINGER - Lawrence C. Rubin

Using Superheroes in Counseling and Play Therapy

SPRINGER

By: Lawrence C. Rubin (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 20th December 2006
ISBN: 9780826102690
Number Of Pages: 384

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Harness the Therapeutic Power of the Superhero
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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.

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, Morningside College, Emeritus

Section 1: Traditional Superheroes in Counseling and Play Therapy; 1. Look, Up in the Sky!: An Introduction to the Use of Superheroes in Psychotherapy; Lawrence C. Rubin; Introduction; Imagination, Fantasy and Fantasy Play; The Superhero Fantasy; How Superheroes Can Help; 2. Superheroes in therapy: Uncovering Children's Secret Identities; Robert J. Porter.

ISBN: 9780826102690
ISBN-10: 0826102697
Series: SPRINGER
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 20th December 2006
Publisher: Springer Publishing Co Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.22 x 15.75  x 2.46
Weight (kg): 0.61