TRF Tuesdays

TRF Tuesday featuring Gang Capati – Pop Goes the World: A Lighter Look at Mental Health through Popular Media [Week 1]


A Look at Mental Health through Popular Media

This fun, engaging series takes a unique look at mental health issues, such as childhood trauma, family systems, and romantic attachment, through the lens of popular culture. To explore interpersonal and intrapersonal dynamics, we’ll look at films you know, such as The Godfather, Gone Girl, The Tinder Swindler, Disney, and the Batman franchise. We’ll discuss a recent, highly publicized legal trial between two Holywood stars. We’ll become more mental-health literate, particularly in light of the phenomenon of extreme attachment to social media and news scrolling. 

Join Gang Badoy Capati, a trauma therapist, radio host, and trained media literacy instructor, for this interactive, light-hearted series to learn how to spot mental health learning opportunities in pop culture. 

Join us for 6 sessions:

1. Aug 16 – ORIGIN STORIES: A peek at childhood trauma as portrayed by Disney and popular films

2. Aug 23 –  ROMANTIC ERRORS: Discussing romantic disasters featuring the documentaries and movies The Tinder Swindler, Sleeping with the Enemy, and Gone Girl. Also, a touch-and-go summary of the Amber Heard-Johnny Depp situation

3. Aug 30 – CAREER DECISIONS THAT BURST INTO FLAMES. Discussing the Theranos situation, the Fyre Festival fiasco, and Inventing Anna

4. Sep 6 – FAMILY MANSIONS AND MAYHEM: (part 1)  an evening of exploring Family Systems from The Godfather Series, the Superman series, and the Batman stories

5. Sep 13 – FAMILY MYSTERIES (part 2) how to live with the family cards we are dealt

6. Sep 20 –  IS HEALING POSSIBLE? How to have mental steadiness and trauma recovery in a world that frisbees inevitable difficulties one after another our way.  A summary session of the POP GOES THE WORLD mental health alternative learning series.

Meet Your Instructor:

As a young social worker, Gang Badoy Capati spent a decade inside the Maximum Security Prison of the Philippines as a trauma therapist through art and literature. Primarily a writer, Ms. Capati is a mental health clinician who takes care of elite national athletes in the Philippines and is now the Lead Therapist of Project: Steady Asia.  (PSA)  PSA is a webwide mental health initiative, and TRF Therapeutic Alliance member focused on mental health approaches that are mindful of the cultural nuances of Southeast Asia.