Sometimes, it's nice to just go venturing around in a complex and beautiful RPG, to see the sights and engage in battle, to get all the items and trophies. This is valid! However, it is possible to get caught up in this type of gaming, which avoids the rich social contexts so many games now offer, even in single-player mode, but especially in MMOs. This presentation is designed to build upon behavioral principles of motivation, utilizing the most current evidence-based methodology to engage clients in RPGs, to get them engaging with others, and to continue this momentum.
Nicholas A. Maio-Aether, MSPSY, BCBA, LBA is a [Sexual] Behavior Analyst and a Systemic Sex Therapist, working with clients of all backgrounds, sexualities, genders, and relationship dynamics. He utilizes common techniques and less conventional, more modern ones, such as the use of gaming, particularly RPGs, as ways of connecting with clients and bringing the therapy to a place where it is not only helpful, but enjoyable and relatable, applicable and generalizable. Nicholas is the only Behavior Analyst to have completed a 350-hour supervised practicum in Sex Therapy, and is set to certify as a Sex Therapist upon completion of his second licensure program in MFT, expected for completion in August of 2021. At that point, he will be the first BCBA in the world to have obtained the combination of these 3 credentials, and thus has already begun speaking and training at state, national and international levels. Nicholas is currently a contributor for HIV.net and SexEdContinuingEd. He oversees training of BCBAs in sexuality statewide in Missouri, is on the Bylaws Committee for AASECT and owns Empowered: A Center for Sexuality LLC in Saint Louis, where he and his team have served individuals, couples, and families from around the US. Additionally, he is a Type-II CEU provider for BCBAs and utilizes his agency as a training center for aspiring [Sexual] Behavior Analysts. He supervises certified professionals and practicum students in ABA, emphasizing individuality, human rights, and cultural competency.
Building and Maintaining Motivation to be Social within a RPG World Curriculums
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