Table-top role-playing games, like Dungeons & Dragons, can be powerful agents of change for children and adults alike. Further, TTRPGS can be intentionally leveraged within treatment settings to facilitate the acquisition and development of specific skills. Interventions utilizing RPGs can be particularly helpful in the development of social skills, personal insight, frustration tolerance, and perspective taking. However, this treatment can be novel and mysterious to some. The purpose of this webinar is to teach viewers how to effectively communicate the benefits of leveraging TTRPGs within treatment to clients, parents, and other mental health professionals and administrators. This training is designed for clinicians who are competent to utilize TTRPG therapy in their practice and are looking to improve their ability to impart this the rationale and benefits of such treatment to others. This training is also appropriate for those who are interested in learning more about the therapeutic value of applied TTRPG within treatment in general.
Jared N. Kilmer, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist. He has developed therapeutic groups utilizing table-top role-playing games to promote social skills, problem solving skills, and perspective taking in military veterans recovering from severe mental illness, as well as promote confidence, teamwork, and interpersonal effectiveness in adolescents. Jared is passionate about measuring the cognitive and emotional benefits of games and developing effective applied therapeutic gaming interventions among multiple populations.
Elizabeth D. Kilmer, MS, LPA is a Clinical Psychology doctoral graduate from the University of North Texas. She has developed therapeutic groups utilizing table-top role-playing games to promote well-being, personal safety, and interpersonal effectiveness in children and adolescents who have experienced trauma, as well as to promote cognitive flexibility, frustration tolerance, and social skills in military veterans in primary care and substance abuse treatment settings. Elizabeth is passionate about the development and research of applied therapeutic gaming for adolescents and adults.
Communicating the Therapeutic Value of Role Playing Games Video
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