Superhero Therapy

Dr Janina Scarlet

online training | 12 CPD hours | 3 sessions
Certification course in Superhero Therapy

About this course

Worldwide fascination with popular culture, including Star Wars, Star Trek, Harry Potter, Wonder Woman, and The Avengers is at an 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, and depression. And now, in the age of the global pandemic and a worldwide mental health crisis, we need to make mental health accessible and relatable. Using popular culture as a bridge for understanding mental health can foster acceptance and mindfulness skills, helping clients to work on finding their core values. This training will focus on how elements of popular culture can be incorporated into Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to treat PTSD and other mental health struggles, as well as to strengthen rapport with clients, and to increase compliance to treatment. No previous experience with popular culture necessary. Capes are optional.

Join clinical psychologist and international speaker/ trainer Dr Janina Scarlet in exploring Superhero Therapy, and learn how it can both enhance your therapeutic approach and empower your clients to find their strength.

Upon completion of this course, you will receive a certification in Superhero Therapy.


Friday, February 5th, 2021: 4 pm – 8 pm GMT

Saturday, February 6th, 2021: 4 pm – 8 pm GMT

Friday, February 12th, 2021: 4 pm – 8 pm GMT


Space is limited. To secure your place, sign up via Eventbrite.

Cost & Registration

€195 for complete access to the online training via Zoom. Reduced rate of €145 offered for students and unwaged/ low waged attendees. Reduced rate of €95 offered for people who are already certified in Superhero Therapy and completing this course as a refresher (contact info@actnow.co for details). 10% discount for members of our mailing list (join below). 20% discount for graduates of our Advanced ACT MBI Course. €75 discount for people that register for our upcoming FACT training with Dr Strosahl & Dr Robinson.

12 CPD hours & Certification in Superhero Therapy

Workshop Learning Objectives
  1. Explain the concept of Superhero Therapy
  2. Demonstrate how to incorporate pop culture examples into ACT
  3. Create a treatment plan using Superhero Therapy
  4. Explain the concept of Therapy Quest and game-based approaches to therapy
  5. Discuss research related to game-based and pop-culture-based treatments
  6. Demonstrate how to apply superhero narratives for PTSD treatment
  7. Demonstrate how to help clients access their core values using Superhero Therapy
  8. Explain how to help clients find emotional safety and practice acceptance skills while facing their internal “monsters”
  9. Explain the role and the importance of heroic role models for treatment and recovery
  10. Discuss how to “gamify” homework practice
  11. Demonstrate mindfulness and self-compassion practices in Superhero Therapy framework
  12. Demonstrate the implementation of creativity exercises in Superhero Therapy

Who is this training for?

A variety of professions, including and not limited to:
Speech and Language Therapists
Occupational therapists
Executive coaches


Some familiarity with the ACT model is recommended but not required.

In ACT, we are essentially encouraging people to step in and be the protagonist in their own lives. Superhero therapy can help people to identify firstly with other hero journeys, until they are able to believe in their own superpowers.

What is Superhero Therapy?

Superhero Therapy can bridge a gap between our natural curiosity for stories and heroes whilst also providing evidence-based skills for our mental health.

Who is Dr Janina Scarlet?

Dr Janina Scarlet is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, a scientist, and a full-time geek. A Ukrainian-born refugee, she survived Chernobyl radiation and 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. 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 many other outlets.

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