Journal of Youth and Adolescence

, Volume 48, Issue 1, pp 177–179 | Cite as

Janina Scarlet: Therapy Quest: An Interactive Journey Through Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Little, Brown Book Group, London, 2018, 208 pp, ISBN: 978-1-47213-968-9
  • Chris FradkinEmail author
Book Review

In Therapy Quest: An Interactive Journey Through Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Janina Scarlet presents a self-help program for young readers struggling with their psychosocial demons. At first glance, this book is similar to Scarlet’s previous endeavors—Superhero Therapy (Scarlet 2016; Fradkin 2017a, 2018) and Harry Potter Therapy (Scarlet 2017; Fradkin 2017b)—in its devotion to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (Hayes et al. 1999). While the content may be similar, Scarlet’s latest breaks new ground. The book is a journey through a fantasy world, in which different paths/decisions influence the outcome of the reader’s journey. As such, Therapy Quest is non-traditional in format. It is structured as a role-playing game. For those questioning the legitimacy of a role-playing game as a treatment tool, it should be mentioned that research on table-top role-playing games has found them to have a positive influence on social skills development in children (Blackmon 1994; Rosselet and...



This work was supported by a 2017–2018 Fulbright Scholar award.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de JaneiroRio de JaneiroBrazil
  2. 2.University of CaliforniaMercedUSA

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