He is the first Avenger, and the reason that any of the stories in the Marvel Cinematic Universe come together. Throughout the films, Steve Roger, AKA Captain America, is seen as a beacon of leadership and a nearly perfect example of what a human being can be. However, Captain America himself has faced some unique and difficult challenges throughout the films, issues that mental health professionals may see mirrored in some of those they work with. In this training we will look to provide an outline and analysis of the story and major mental health themes of Steve Rogers within the MCU. In addition to this, we will discuss the practical therapeutic implications of Steve Rogers/Captain America and how one may integrate themes of the character into a mental health setting.
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.
The First Avenger: Captain America and How to Integrate His Story
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