Understanding Parasocial Relationships

About this Training

With the introduction of streaming services, social media, and Twitch streams, Parasocial Relationships (PSR) have become an increasingly important topic. Realistic feelings are expressed when a favorite character dies, streamers have expressed discomfort with their viewers when they feel privacy has been violated, and the lines of parasocial and social relationships have been blurring. This seminar’s goal for Geek Therapeutics is to not only define Parasocial Interactions/Relationships, but also to discuss their importance in historical and modern application. Dr. Emory Daniel will discuss the many places PSR resides, current research within the field, dispelling myths and misconceptions about the terms, as well as discussing benefits and issues with PSR/PSI. Moreover, new media will be discussed and how media figures are discussing boundaries with their viewers to make for a healthier environment. Lastly, this seminar will guide people to recognize their own PSR’s in their life, but also how to approach clients about them.

Understanding Parasocial Relationships

Learning Objectives

  • #1

    Clinicians will list the definition of Parasocial Interactions/Relationships.

  • #2

    Clinicians will assess and identify PSR/PSI in their clients conversations about media figures and set realistic communication goals media figures.

Play Therapy

Learning Objectives

  • #1

    Participants will be able to define play therapy and identify the 10 seminal theories and historically relevant approaches that guide play therapy practice.

  • #2

    Participants will identify two play therapy interventions that combine characters, themes, and/or narratives present in Geek Culture that harness the therapeutic power of play for supporting the mental health and well-being of children, adolescents, adults, and/or families.

1 APA Hour Upon Completion

The Telos Project is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Telos Project maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Geek Therapeutics is an approved Cosponsor.
NBCC ACEP # 7042

1 NBCC Hour Upon Completion

Geek Therapeutics has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7042. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Geek Therapeutics is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
NBCC ACEP # 7042

1 ACE CE Hour Upon Completion

Geek Therapeutics, #1769, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB)Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Geek Therapeutics maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 05/19/2021 – 05/19/2022. Social workers completing this course receive 1 continuing education credits.

1 APT CE Hour Upon Completion

Geek Therapeutics, #21-649, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Play Therapy (APT)Approved Continuing Education program. Registered and Associated Play Therapists completing this course receive 1 continuing education credits.



Emory S. Daniel

Dr. Emory S. Daniel Jr. is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at Appalachian State University. He focuses in instructing courses in social media, media planning, research methods, and entertainment media. He is also active in communication and behavioral science research. His research specializes in parasocial relationships/interactions, gaming, interactive media, and strategic communication. His research has been published in outlets such as Journal of Interactive Advertising, Communication Research Reports, Journalism Studies, Internet and Higher Education Journal, and Journal of Advertising Education.

Enjoy These Further Benefits!

  • Understand Your Clients

    Learn how to understand and work with your clients using proven strategies derived from competent practice, knowledge, and culture while knowing what questions to ask them.

  • Learn From A Leader In The Field

    Presented by one of the leading experts in the field of Psychology, this training presents upon the topic using real life examples.

  • Become Knowledgeable In The Culture

    Through understanding the culture and connecting with our clients, we create meaning, relationships, and a place for new thought to birth.

Course Curriculum

  • 1

    Understanding Parasocial Relationships

    • Welcome to the Understanding Parasocial Relationships Workshop

    • Understanding Parasocial Relationships Handout

    • Geek Culture & Play Therapy

  • 2

    Understanding Parasocial Relationships Video

    • Understanding Parasocial Relationships

    • The Therapeutic Potential of Geek Culture in Play Therapy

  • 3

    Understanding Parasocial Relationships Learning Objectives Quiz

    • Understanding Parasocial Relationships Learning Objectives Quiz

  • 4

    Understanding Parasocial Relationships CE Evaluation

    • Understanding Parasocial Relationships CE Evaluation

  • 5

    Final Steps

    • Here are the next steps!

Other Information

Access is provided to the course via email after registration and payment is made.

System Requirements: A computer and a stable internet connection.

Target Audience: Psychologists, Social Workers, Counselors, Mental Health Professionals.

Content Level: Beginner

Course Completion Requirements: Completing all sections of the training of written information, video completion, learning objectives quiz, and course evaluation.  Evaluations are part of the coursework.  The certificate will then be generated immediately after all requirements have been completed.

Date Recorded:07/08/2021

Please contact Geek Therapeutics for any grievances at hello@geektherapeutics.com.

Disability Accommodations

It is the responsibility of the Individual to contact Geek Therapeutics to request disability accommodations at Hello@geektherapeutics.com.   

Geek Therapeutics is committed to helping each student reach his/her academic potential and to providing every student equal opportunity to participate in and engage with the course.  In keeping with this commitment, effort has been made to develop accessible learning materials that provide equal access.  Please contact Geek Therapeutics immediately if access to course materials is restricted due to a disability so the issue(s) can be resolved in a timely manner.

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