Using RPGs as Tools for Player Skill Development

About this Training

We know that RPGs can impact players on a profoundly personal level. How can practitioners harness the potential of these impacts in a therapeutic context? This talk by Dr. Sarah Lynne Bowman will discuss the potential of using RPGs as tools for exploring identity, training affective skills and processing personal emotional content. The class will focus upon three broad categories: 1) Ego/self development; 2) Processing the past, emotional expression, and regulation; and 3) Group validation of personal experiences. The talk will cover several aspects pertaining to each category, including examples of how practitioners might design therapeutic containers to encourage development within each area. Dr. Bowman will include both hypothetical and personal examples from leisure virtual, tabletop, and live action role-playing (larp). Join us as we explore the potential of role-playing as a tool to explore the vast terrain of the human psyche!

Using RPGs as Tools for Player Skill Development

Learning Objectives

  • #1

    Apply different RPG theories to affective skills, emotional processing, and identity exploration.

  • #2

    Identify examples of how these applications are useful in RPG context.

  • #3

    Identify several RPGs in which these skills can be practiced with applied facilitation.

1 APA Hour Upon Completion

The Telos Project is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Telos Project maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Geek Therapeutics is an approved Cosponsor.
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1 NBCC Hour Upon Completion

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1 ACE CE Hour Upon Completion

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Sarah Lynne Bowman

Sarah Lynne Bowman is a professor, scholar, game designer, and event organizer. An instructor at several institutions including Austin Community College, she received her Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Texas at Austin in Radio-TV-Film. She obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Dallas in Arts and Humanities. Bowman publishes regularly in scholarly and popular media about the transformative power of role-playing. McFarland Press published her dissertation in 2010 as The Functions of Role-playing Games: How Participants Create Community, Solve Problems, and Explore Identity. She served as an editor for The Wyrd Con Companion Book from 2012-2015, is a coordinating editor for the International Journal of Role-playing, and is a managing editor for the magazine Bowman was the lead organizer for the Living Games Conference 2016, helped coordinate the Role-playing and Simulation in Education Conferences in 2016 and 2018, and served on several committees for Living Games 2018. Learn more at her website:

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Course Curriculum

  • 1

    Using RPGs as Tools for Player Skill Development

    • Welcome to the Using RPGs as Tools for Player Skill Development Therapy Workshop

    • Using RPGs for Skill Development PPT Handout

  • 2

    Using RPGs as Tools for Player Skill Development Video

    • Using RPGs as Tools for Player Skill Development

  • 3

    Using RPGs as Tools for Player Skill Development Learning Objectives Quiz

    • Using RPGs as Tools for Player Skill Development Learning Objectives Quiz

  • 4

    Using RPGs as Tools for Player Skill Development CE Evaluation

    • Using RPGs as Tools for Player Skill Development CE Evaluation

  • 5

    Final Steps

    • Here are the next steps!

Other Information

Access is provided to the course via email after registration and payment is made.

System Requirements: A computer and a stable internet connection.

Target Audience: Psychologists, Social Workers, Counselors, Mental Health Professionals.

Content Level: Beginner

Course Completion Requirements: Completing all sections of the training of written information, video completion, learning objectives quiz, and course evaluation.  Evaluations are part of the coursework.  The certificate will then be generated immediately after all requirements have been completed.

Date Recorded: 05/16/2020

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