Bucky Barnes: Exploring Redemption In Therapy with the Winter Soldier

About this Training

Addressing guilt and encouraging redemption is a cornerstone in many therapeutic settings, and one that the character of Bucky Barnes (AKA Winter Soldier) is perfectly suited to address. From his assumed death, capture, and brainwashing by HYDRA, through decades as one of the world’s most brutal and effective assassins, and finally trying to rebuild a semi-normal life, guilt and the quest for redemption have been defining factors to the character of Bucky Barnes. We will be looking at the realism of “brainwashing,” discussing the impact of decades of trauma on Bucky, and the skills and techniques that Bucky uses to make amends for past wrongs and find personal peace and forgiveness. This training will cover Bucky’s entire storyline within the MCU, from Captain America: The First Avenger through the hit Disney series Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

Bucky Barnes: Exploring Redemption In Therapy with the Winter Soldier

Learning Objectives

  • #1

    Identify three barriers that prevent Bucky from letting go of his guilt or repairing harm that can be translated to clients.

  • #2

    Identify three examples of therapeutic skills that Bucky utilizes while working with a therapist



Matt Fellows

Matt Fellows is a psychotherapist and published author from the Twin Cities area of Minnesota. He holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from North Dakota State University and a masters degree in counseling psychology from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis. He has been academically and professionally involved with the integration of geek culture and psychology since 2012, and has a passion for finding therapeutic bridges between geek culture and populations that often require unique or specialized approaches in treatment. Professionally, Matt has worked with LGBT+ substance abuse clients, individuals with traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and co-morbid serious and persistent mental illness (SPMI), and currently works with clients who have been civilly committed for sexual offenses. His author credits include a chapter in the 2020 clinician's guide "Integrating Geek Culture Into Therapeutic Practice: The Clinician's Guide To Geek Therapy". Matt's professional geek therapy interests include the Marvel Cinematic Universe and comics, Dungeons & Dragons, Avatar: The Last Airbender, video games, and all things Star Wars. He has a soft-spot for comic book villains and firmly believes that the Dark Side of the Force has cooler powers than the Light Side.

Enjoy These Further Benefits!

  • Understand Your Clients

    Learn how to understand and work with your clients using proven strategies derived from competent practice, knowledge, and culture while knowing what questions to ask them.

  • Learn From A Leader In The Field

    Presented by one of the leading experts in the field of Psychology, this training presents upon the topic using real life examples.

  • Become Knowledgeable In The Culture

    Through understanding the culture and connecting with our clients, we create meaning, relationships, and a place for new thought to birth.

Course Curriculum

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