This training course will introduce to clinicians the emotional narratives of three Studio Ghibli Films: Totoro, Princess Mononoke, and Spirited Away. The art, story, and dynamic themes of these films evoke existential, archetypal, and socio-political concepts that can be essential in understanding a client’s psychological draw to them. In addition, this course will provide case studies and examples on how therapeutic dialogue about these films can further a client’s self-insight and even expand upon their passions of art, story-telling, and personal growth.
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.
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