The Use of Popular Culture Characters, Humor, and Improvisation in CBT with Youth

This two-hour course focuses on the use of popular culture characters, humor, and improvisation in CBT with youth. These augmentations to traditional CBT practice may foster greater engagement and collaboration. More specifically, integrating superheroes into modular CBT is explained and described. The judicious use of humor as a way to both promote better working alliances and objectively evaluate faulty thinking patterns is discussed. Finally, improvisational theatre exercises are recommended as potentially valuable methods for increasing young patients’ tolerance of uncertainty.

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. List and apply the benefits of integrating superheroes into CBT with youth
  2. List 3-5 advantages of the judicious use of humor in CBT with youth
  3. Identify the ways improvisational theatre exercises increase tolerance of uncertainty
  4. Discuss with young patients when using superheroes and improvisational theatre exercises
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Instructional Level


Licensed mental health professionals employed through Kaiser Permanente and psychological assistants performing under supervision of a licensed psychologist.

This CE program is free to Kaiser Permanente employees.
Instructional Methodology
On-line Presentation

Continuing Education Information

Kaiser Permanente Northern California Mental Health Training Program is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing professional education for psychologists. The Kaiser Permanente Northern California Mental Health Training Program maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Refund and Attendance Policy

All programs offered on KP Learn for CE credit through the KP Northern California Mental Health Training website are free of charge to Kaiser Permanente Staff and trainees. Once a course is selected in the KP NCAL MH Training Website, the registration process begins, and it will appear in the individuals KP Learn profile for completion within 90 days.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Those who attend the program in full and complete the appropriate evaluation form will receive CE credits. Please note that credit will only be granted to those who attend the entire program. An attestation of attendance will be given once the individual has completed viewing the program, which will then initiate the final steps of completing the evaluation forms to receive a certificate of completion.