Dungeons and Dragons For Mood Management with Older Adults

About this Training

This training course will over the intricacies of working with older adult populations in both private practice and nursing home/assisted care settings, and the unique challenges that come up when treating mood disorders such as anxiety and depression. Exploration of how tabletop games such as Dungeons and Dragons can address both the challenges and clinical symptoms in a group therapy model will be the primary focus of the course, teaching participants effective ways to integrate game-therapy, art therapy, role-play, and narrative therapy into the treatment of an often under served population in mental health.

Dungeons and Dragons For Mood Management with Older Adults

Learning Objectives

  • #1

    Participants will list and describe the challenges in treating depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues in older adult populations in both private practice and facility long-term care settings.

  • #2

    Participants will assess how therapeutic interventions such as art therapy, narrative therapy, coping skill building, and role-play can assist in addressing therapeutic goals by integrating them into an overall game-therapy model.

  • #3

    Participants will demonstrate an understanding on how to therapeutically implement tabletop games such as Dungeons and Dragons into a group therapy model to target specifics symptoms and overcomes challenges that working with this population presents.



Joseph Atanastio

Joseph Atanasio, PsyD is a person-centered licensed psychologist in the state of NY. After graduating from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology with a doctoral degree in Clinical Forensic Psychology, Joe transitioned to working with older adults in a variety of settings including nursing homes, adult care facilities, physical rehabilitation facilities, and assisted living. He has since been engaged in the mental health care of the underserved geriatric population. Dr. Joe has an established private practice in both Queens and Manhattan in NYC. He sees a wide range of clients ages 12 and up, focusing on depression, social anxiety, grief and loss, and stress management. He engages Clients through a variety of therapeutic models, focusing on building emotional awareness through mindfulness practices. Dr Joe is an avid D&D player and Dungeon Master for the past 3 years on his personal time, running groups in-person and online. After seeing the therapeutic potential of such a wonderful and interactive game, he began a 10-week group therapy model using Dungeons and Dragons. He runs older adult, young adult, and teen groups using the tabletop game to build critical thinking skills, social skills, and manage aspects of anxiety and depression.

Course Curriculum

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