Therapeutic Use of Fictional Characters in ACT with Dr. Janina Scarlet

Dr. Janina Scarlet

Connections Behavior Planning and Intervention is excited to welcome Dr. Janina Scarlet for a Continuing Education webinar for Behavior Analysts! This event will focus on the use of Superheroes as a metaphor theme for ACT work with clients.


Worldwide fascination with popular culture, including Star Wars, Star Trek, Harry Potter, Wonder Woman, and the Avengers is at its all-time high and with good reason. For decades now, these films, books, and TV shows have reflected people’s mental health struggles, including PTSD, grief, anxiety, bullying, and depression. This workshop will focus on how elements of popular culture can be incorporated into ACT to treat PTSD, as well as to strengthen rapport with clients, and to increase willingness in treatment. No previous experience with popular culture necessary. Capes are optional.

Pre-Reading (Optional): Relational Frame Theory Accounts of Metaphor

About the Presenter

Dr. Janina Scarlet is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, author, and a full-time geek. A Ukrainian-born refugee, she survived Chernobyl radiation and religious persecution.

She immigrated to the United States at the age of 12 with her family and later, inspired by the X-Men, developed Superhero Therapy to help patients with anxiety, depression, and PTSD. Superhero Therapy refers to incorporating popular culture examples into evidence-based therapy to help the client to become the hero of their own journey. Dr. Scarlet is the recipient of the Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award by the United Nations Association for her work with Superhero Therapy.  

Her work has been featured on Yahoo, BBC, NPR, Sunday Times, CNN, CW, ABC, Huffington Post, The New York Times, Forbes, the Nerdist, BuzzFeed, Bleeding Cool, CNET, Mugglenet, LADbible, and many other outlets. She currently works at the Center for Stress and Anxiety Management in San Diego.

She authored Superhero TherapyHarry Potter TherapyTherapy QuestDark AgentsSuper-WomenSupernatural Therapy, the upcoming Super Survivors, as well as numerous contributions to Star Wars Psychology, Star Trek Psychology, Wonder Woman Psychology, Supernatural Psychology and many other books.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain how metaphors can be used as intervention for observable target behaviors.
  2. Describe the ‘Superhero Therapy Model’ and how it relates to treatment.
  3. Practice using an ACT-based intervention to identify treatment goals.

CEU’s included, and Cost to Attend:

  • 2.0 Learning BACB CEU’s
    • $39.99 (CEU’s included in price)

For questions, challenges with registration, or any other needed information, please contact Dusty, Director of Continuing Education and ACE Coordinator for CBPI, LLC, at continuingeducation@connections-behavior.com.

Connections Behavior Planning & Intervention, LLC, is a BACB-Approved ACE Provider (Provider # OP-17-2781). The BACB does not directly sponsor or endorse this event, its speakers, or its content.

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