Exploring and Processing Grief Through Games

About this Training

There are so many tabletop roleplaying games out there, it can be difficult to identify which ones are best suited for specific therapeutic goals. Often existing games can be adapted to fulfill different needs, but sometimes designing a game from the ground up to fit your exact objectives makes more sense. This series outlines the basics of RPG design and modification with the goal of using these games in therapy. This training in particular will focus on the specific example of processing the trauma of loss through games with emphasis on tabletop roleplaying games and LARPs.

Exploring and Processing Grief Through Games

Learning Objectives

  • #1

    List three ways in which games can help players process grief.

  • #2

    Create gaming experiences with clients to help guide them through grief.

  • #3

    Utilize three debriefing tools to help clients continue to process and heal after a gaming experience has concluded.

Instructor(s)

GAME DESIGNER

Yeonsoo Julian Kim

Yeonsoo Julian Kim is a game designer and writer whose work largely focuses on grief, Asian and Asian American experiences, pop culture, gender, and adolescence. After earning a Masters degree from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU where they studied Interaction Design, Yeonsoo Julian Kim moved into the game design and interactive storytelling field. They have contributed to tabletop roleplaying games such as Kids on Bikes, Hearts of Wulin, and FlipTales, and are the lead designer for the card game Battle of the Boy Bands. In addition to tabletop games, Clio designs live action role-playing games such as The Long Drive Back from Busan, a LARP about a struggling K-pop group, and But Not Tonight, a LARP about nuclear panic in the 1980s. Their interactive novel The Fog Knows Your Name was published by Choice of Games in 2019. When not creating games, Yeonsoo Julian Kim can often be found talking about them on panels at gaming conventions across the country.

Enjoy These Further Benefits!

  • Understand Your Clients

    Learn how to understand and work with your clients using proven strategies derived from competent practice, knowledge, and culture while knowing what questions to ask them.

  • Learn From A Leader In The Field

    Presented by one of the leading experts in the field of Psychology, this training presents upon the topic using real life examples.

  • Become Knowledgeable In The Culture

    Through understanding the culture and connecting with our clients, we create meaning, relationships, and a place for new thought to birth.

Course Curriculum

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