Genius, playboy, billionaire, philanthropist. “Iron Man” was our first look into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Tony Stark has remained a central figure throughout the entire franchise. However, on his road to heroism throughout the movies, Tony Stark faced a number of deeply-personal psychological conflicts and serious mental health crises. This training will look to provide an outline and analysis of major mental health themes with Tony Stark within the MCU and evaluate their general accuracy. In addition to this, we will discuss the practical therapeutic implications of Tony Stark/Iron Man 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.
I Am Iron Man: A Psychological Look at Tony Stark, Iron Man, and Therapy
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