The narrative context of our journey as a clinician can be reflected in our desire to help people from all walks of life. Videogames can represent a reflection of the human spirit across many contexts as we seek to explain our drive to triumph in ways that matter to ourselves and those around us. Certain videogames explore the quest for meaning in ways that manifest in the theories and approaches we expect to experience when working with a mental health counselor. For clinicians, these games have a similar meaning potential by describing the way we quest alongside our clients to find the greatest of life’s improvements in their journey. This presentation will seek to explore multiple theoretical and conceptual applications of the counseling dynamic in the meaning found during the play of the game Journey.
Dr. Kaufmann is a full-time faculty and current Content Development Lead for graduate programs in Mental Health Counseling and Counselor Education & Supervision at Grand Canyon University. Dr. Kaufmann also serves as a founding member of the Faculty Advisory Board for the Video Game Disorder clinical training programs through the IGCCB and is leading the taskforce for the APA to review the criteria for consideration of Internet Gaming Disorder in future DSM-5 updates. His research covers areas from video games, personality theory, process addictions, online education, and counselor development. His podcast, The Gaming Persona, is published weekly and seeks to share various insights related to psychological connections in the play of video games. He is also a contributing member and content creator for the counselor training efforts for problem gambling issues for the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling and the Arizona Division of Problem Gambling.
The Quest for Meaning: The Therapeutic Parallels of Journey
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