Using Superheroes in Counseling and Play Therapy

Author(s): Lawrence Rubin


With insight from contributors such as Dr. Michael Brody, Patty Scanlon, and Roger Kaufmann, Lawrence Rubin takes the reader on a how-to tour of the benefits of using pop-culture and fantasy in psychotherapy and play therapy. Not only does this therapy apply in working with children, but Rubin demonstrates that it can be an effective therapeutic course with adolescents as well as 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 this therapy with adults highly effective. 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 and science-fiction fantasy and play.


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"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.

General Fields

  • : 9780826102690
  • : Springer Publishing Co Inc
  • : Springer Publishing Co Inc
  • : December 2006
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Lawrence Rubin
  • : Hardback
  • : 618.92891653
  • : 368
  • : 1, black & white illustrations