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The Heroic Journey V11
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A Social Emotional Learning and Bullying Prevention Program

Which Draws from Evidence-Based Modalities

32 Lesson Plans 

• Approximately 25 - 45 Minutes Each

• Use Individually or Contiguously 

• Aligned to the Common Core State Standards and
CASEL Frameworks

Made For

• Health & Wellness Class
• Advisory Block
• Zero Period

• After School

• Small School-based Counselling & Support Groups


Using examples critically acclaimed television, comics and film, which children and teens find relatable and accessible, the Coalition’s pop-culture-savvy clinical psychologists and experts have developed a comprehensive, thirty-two lesson plan Curriculum.  


It is rooted in best practices around bullying and violence prevention; we integrate key research findings from the field into our learning objectives and lessons, while also speaking a language that children and teens love.


Topics include: 

• Violence prevention 

• Responding to bullying, racism, misogyny, LGBTQI+bullying 

• Teaching empathy 

• Resiliency 

• How to seek help 

• Handling anger, depression, anxiety 

• Checking implicit bias 

• Becoming allies for targets

• Conflict resolution 

• Restorative practices

• Healthy personal identity (crucial for ending fear and bias)

• Addressing emotional pain that leads to behaviors such as self-harm, addiction, and risk behaviors 


The Curriculum works to develop students’ social and emotional skills, using techniques based on evidence-based therapeutic modalities, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). 


Representation matters, and the Heroic Journey Curriculum is available with pop culture references that will resonate specifically with children of color.


Since 2013, our team has presented forms of our work at countless conferences, including at:

• The Inaugural Educational Leadership Series: School Climate and Public Policy Forum, in Partnership with Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and RULER 

• The United Nations Headquarters • NY, NY

• UNESCO Headquarters • Paris, France

• The Anti-Defamation League Cyberbullying Conference • San Diego, CA 

• The International Bullying Prevention Association Conference • San Diego, CA 

• The World Anti-Bullying Forum • Dublin, Ireland


Please see the Efficacy of Using Pop Culture Research Here


© 2020. CASEL.

Curriculum Creators

The Heroic Journey Curriculum is created by a team of renowned clinical psychologists, internationally acclaimed bullying prevention experts, and educators. 


For questions, pricing, and to get this groundbreaking, powerful program into your school, please contact Chase Masterson:



Carrie Goldman is the author of Harper Collins’ Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher, and Kid Needs to Know About Ending the Cycle of Fear, winner of the National Parenting  Publication Award and Mom’s Choice Award. ​                 

Goldman has written on childhood development for The NY Times, Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, CNN, Huffington Post, and other notable publications. She has garnered acclaim for her work on bullying and social conflict, appearing on NPR, MSNBC, CNN, The NY Times, ABC Radio, and others. She gives keynote addresses to companies, universities, and schools about bullying prevention, intervention, and reconciliation; digital citizenship; the academic effects of gender inequality; restorative justice and resolving social conflict.

In Bullied, Goldman brings together leading authorities with accounts of peer victimization to present proven strategies and tools for teaching children how to speak up and carry themselves with confidence; call each other out on cruelty; resolve conflict; and cope with teasing, taunting, physical abuse, and cyberbullying. Goldman received her B.S. from Northwestern and her M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management. She also serves as Treasurer of Pop Culture Hero Coalition.

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Dr. Janina Scarlet is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, author, TEDx speaker, and a full-time geek. A Ukrainian-born refugee, she survived Chernobyl radiation and persecution. She immigrated to the United States at the age of 12 with her family and later, inspired by the X-Men, developed Superhero Therapy to help patients with anxiety, depression, and PTSD. Dr. Scarlet is the recipient of the Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award by the United Nations Association for her work on Superhero Therapy.  Her work has been featured on Yahoo, BBC, NPR, Sunday Times, CNN, CW, ABC, The New York Times, Forbes, and many other outlets. She regularly consults on books and television shows, including HBO’s The Young Justice. She was also portrayed as a comic book character in Gail Simone’s Seven Days graphic novel. Dr. Scarlet is the Lead Trauma Specialist at the Center for Stress and Anxiety Management in San Diego and with the Pop Culture Hero Coalition.


She authored ten books and has written chapters for fourteen others. Her books include Superhero TherapyHarry Potter TherapyTherapy QuestDark AgentsSuper-Women, and It Shouldn’t Be This Way.



Dr.  LaAdah Demus has been an elementary educator for over a decade. She has Bachelors and Masters degree in Elementary Education and a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership. Over the course of her career, she has written curriculum, lead district professional developments, wrote and been awarded educational grants, recognized as a highly effective educator, created and led educational research, and has published a scholarly article titled “Virtual Coaching in Elementary Schools.” 


Additionally, Dr. Demus is a children’s book author for Yellow Creations, LLC and has published “I Like It Loud: A Tale of Unilateral Hearing Loss.”


Dr. Demus has a wealth of cultural experience from teaching within Title I schools, private schools, and teaching overseas. As the Diversity Content Creator for Pop Culture Hero Coalition, she is dedicated to ensuring brown children are represented with fidelity.