The Therapeutic Potential of Role-playing Games: An Overview

About this Training

How have role-playing games developed over time? How can role-playing be used to help people psychologically? What is the difference between role-playing as a psychological intervention and a therapeutic leisure activity? What emotional needs are role-playing especially good at addressing? What skills can be trained through play? What is the role of the facilitator in creating a perception of safety the container of a role-playing group? Join us as Sarah Lynne Bowman presents an overview of the potential of role-playing as a therapeutic modality.

The Therapeutic Potential of Role-playing Games: An Overview

Learning Objectives

  • #1

    Participants will describe the history of RPGs.

  • #2

    Participants will list how RPGs can be tools for cognitive, affective, and behavioral skills.

  • #3

    Participants will describe the transformational impacts of role playing.



Sarah Lynne Bowman

Sarah Lynne Bowman is a professor, scholar, game designer, and event organizer. An instructor at several institutions including Austin Community College, she received her Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Texas at Austin in Radio-TV-Film. She obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Dallas in Arts and Humanities. Bowman publishes regularly in scholarly and popular media about the transformative power of role-playing. McFarland Press published her dissertation in 2010 as The Functions of Role-playing Games: How Participants Create Community, Solve Problems, and Explore Identity. She served as an editor for The Wyrd Con Companion Book from 2012-2015, is a coordinating editor for the International Journal of Role-playing, and is a managing editor for the magazine Bowman was the lead organizer for the Living Games Conference 2016, helped coordinate the Role-playing and Simulation in Education Conferences in 2016 and 2018, and served on several committees for Living Games 2018. Learn more at her website:

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

  • 1

    The Therapeutic Potential of Role-playing Games: An Overview Video

    • The Therapeutic Potential of Role-playing Games: An Overview

    • Thanks for taking our course!

Geek Therapeutics

1650 West Rosedale Street, Suite 305, Fort Worth, Texas 76104 – (682) 231-2420