This training course will explore the history of cosplay and how it has become an intercultural phenomenon. Specifically, the passions and various roles within the Cosplay community will be looked at from a humanistic perspective, examining ways in which the expression of one’s self through Cosplay can be therapeutically rewarding, self-empowering, and insight building. Case examples of how Cosplay has impacted clients from a variety of backgrounds will be given, and interventions on how clinicians can work with their clients within the passion of Cosplay will be introduced.
Joseph Atanasio, PsyD is a person-centered licensed psychologist in the state of NY. After graduating from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology with a doctoral degree in Clinical Forensic Psychology, Joe transitioned to working with older adults in a variety of settings including nursing homes, adult care facilities, physical rehabilitation facilities, and assisted living. He has since been engaged in the mental health care of the underserved geriatric population. Dr. Joe has an established private practice in both Queens and Manhattan in NYC. He sees a wide range of clients ages 12 and up, focusing on depression, social anxiety, grief and loss, and stress management. He engages Clients through a variety of therapeutic models, focusing on building emotional awareness through mindfulness practices. Dr Joe is an avid D&D player and Dungeon Master for the past 3 years on his personal time, running groups in-person and online. After seeing the therapeutic potential of such a wonderful and interactive game, he began a 10-week group therapy model using Dungeons and Dragons. He runs older adult, young adult, and teen groups using the tabletop game to build critical thinking skills, social skills, and manage aspects of anxiety and depression.
Cosplay Creativity: Being One’s Self through Ingenuity and Creation Video
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