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Dark Agents, Book One

 MSRP: $19.95  Format: Paperback  Author: Janina Scarlet  Category: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Adolescents (13-17), Mindfulness, Trauma (PTSD / Child Abuse / Intimate Partner Violence / etc.)  Publisher: New Harbinger Publications, Inc  Published: 2020  ISBN: 1684031745  ISBN-13: 978-1684031740  Book Site

This spellbinding graphic novel follows the adventures of Violet—a young witch whose parents were murdered when she was a child. As she wages war against necromancers and demons, Violet learns to overcome her internal monsters as well.

In this groundbreaking comic book for teens and young adults, we meet Violet—a witch whose parents were murdered by an evil necromancer when she was only six years old. Running from country to country, as well as from herself, Violet never gets a chance to fully process her traumatic experience.

When she turns 19, Violet begins training at the Underworld Intelligence Agency (UIA) in hopes of becoming a Dark Agent—someone tasked with keeping the balance between the world of the living and the world of the undead. During her training, Violet hopes to finally overcome her fear of death and take control of her emotions, but instead she finds that mindfulness, vulnerability, and acceptance are the skills most necessary to help her succeed.

Blended seamlessly throughout the story are elements of a powerful and evidence-based treatment called acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). Whether or not you’ve experienced a traumatic event like Violet, you’ll find valuable skills you can apply to your own life to help you conquer your demons and hone your unique superpowers.

Note for therapists: Dark Agents presents the core skills of ACT in a fun, narrative format to appeal to teen readers. In this comic, teens will learn all about mindfulness, defusion, self-compassion, and values-based living. The book doesn’t feel like a therapist recommendation—which is exactly what makes it perfect for your teen clients!

Editorial Reviews

“Maybe you feel broken by the things that have happened. But what if you knew that every single one of us, everyone, has a superpower. And, what if your superpower is there to be discovered in the midst of your deepest fears. Read Dark Agents and let the discovery begin.”

—Kelly G. Wilson, PhD, author of Mindfulness for Two, and coauthor of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

About the Author(s)

Janina Scarlet

Janina Scarlet, PhD, studied at The City University of New York (CUNY) with a focus on behavioral neuroscience. She completed her postdoctoral training at the Veterans Medical Research Foundation, where she got an opportunity to treat active-duty service members with...

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