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Understanding and Using Parasocial Relationships, Fandoms, and Social Media in Therapy with Ashley Myhre, MA, LMFT, RYT-200
Live Stream: Friday March 24th 9-12:15
*This webinar has 3 CEUS approved by the Board of Marriage and Family Therapy.
Presenter's Bio: Ashley is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes in serving her fellow nerds and geeks around trauma, sexuality, and relationships. She is an AMFT & MN Board Approved Supervisor, EMDRIA Certified EMDR Therapist and Approved Consultant, Board Certified Sex Therapist, Certified Transgender Care Therapist, and Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200). She owns POW! Psychotherapy in Minneapolis, MN, and regularly writes, teaches, and presents on mental health, fandom, clinical sexology, and other wellness topics. Find out more at powpsychotherapy.com.
Workshop Description: Do you include your client’s favorite character as part of their support system? Have you ever asked who they talk to on social media? How about what they learned about themselves by watching that one TV show or writing their latest fanfic? Did you celebrate with them when they finished an epic cosplay? What did you say when they talked to you about secondhand embarrassment keeping them from attending a convention? How did you help them navigate their hero becoming “problematic?” Did you know that YOU have parasocial relationships? Feeling lost? Did those questions sound like gibberish? Even if you’re a top-notch geek yourself, there are ways you can use a client’s parasocial relationships, fandoms, and social media activities to enhance the therapeutic relationship, engage in creative interventions, practice skills, and tap into deep and meaningful exploration and narratives to foster growth and change. This workshop will walk though parasocial relationships, fandoms, and social media to help you understand their clinical relevance, and offer concrete ways to bring their power into session today.
1. Define parasocial relationships, fandoms, and social media.
2. Summarize how parasocial relationships, fandoms, and social media may impact mental health.
3. Integrate questions about parasocial relationships, fandoms, and social media into the therapy process to identify client resources and enhance the therapeutic relationship.
4. Generate and utilize creative interventions to build on strengths and resources that come from parasocial relationships, fandoms, and social media.