RPG Therapeutics Presentation at Seattle Children's Hospital

April 10, 2015


Here is the improved and enhanced audio/video of the presentation "The Therapeutic and Educational Uses of Role-Playing Games (RPG) as Intervention Modalities for Individuals and Groups from the Therapeutic Recreation Perspective" at Seattle Children's Hospital for the Washington State Therapeutic Recreation Association (WSTRA) 16th annual conference, presented by RPG Therapeutics LLC president, Hawke Robinson. The live version of this presentation was certified for Continuing Education Units (CEU's) by the American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA). This version of the video has the sound fixed, and includes the slide show added to the video to be easier to read.

The presentation is 90 minutes including audience interaction and a short Q&A session.
Here is the new enhanced video embedded:


Link to video: http://youtu.be/zWsmElmhjdk


This session will provide background and research information about the effects of role-playing gaming in all forms upon participants. It will address the many inculcated concepts in popular culture regarding role-playing games and gamers, and present the existing relevant research. All formats of role-playing gaming will be discussed, including Choose Your Own Adventure (CYOA) books, offline and online computer-based role-playing games, live-action role-playing (LARP), and tabletop role-playing games. This will include the potential benefits, and deficits, from participating in these various recreational activities. The session will initially provide examples of each game format in a typical recreation setting, then proceed with the existing research using RPG for various educational and therapeutic interventions from other disciplines (psychiatry, psychology, education, sociology, cognitive, behavioral, etc.), then illustrate how the application of TR methodologies are an excellent fit for these activities as an intervention modality for many populations in group and individual settings.


Identify and explain existing research indicating the benefits and risks of diversionary use of RPG in all major formats. Identify and explain examples of specific areas that non-adapted RPG can directly achieve TR-related client outcomes. Identify specific populations that can benefit from a TR-based RPG intervention program.Identify examples of specific areas that applying TR methodologies to adapted RPG can achieve specific client outcomes. Specify areas still needing further research for future use of TR-based RPG.

published Oct 04, 2015 03:20 AM, last modified Oct 04, 2015 03:49 AM