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Roll for Healing: Therapeutic Game Master Round Table

2021 Game Master Round Table The use of therapeutically applied role-playing games (TA-RPGs) is a rapidly growing field. Join us for a discussion between experienced therapeutic GMs about what makes their approaches similar, what defines them, and how you can make your own game better for you and your players. Adam Johns, LMFT Executive DirectorGame…

Positive Psychology and the World of Gaming

2021 Positive Psychology Positive psychology has its roots in ancient philosophical concepts, planted in conversations centered on life’s meaning, what it means to be human, and our relationships. Interestingly enough, the origin story of gaming is woven within those same philosophies, with the first written account by Herodotus as he discussed the use of games…

Of Math & Magic

2021 Of Math & Magic Using Magic: the Gathering cards as a framework for teaching math through mathematical modeling, cards as manipulatives, and linear/non-linear patterns to gameplay. Attendees will: 1. Understand the rules and Mechanics of Magic: the Gathering. 2. Understand linear/non-linear patterns in context. 3. Be able to apply the use of Magic: the…

Neurodiversity and the Role of Geekery and Gaming in Child Therapy

2021 Neurodiversity and the Role of Geekery and Gaming in Child Therapy Clinical Psychologist/Child Psychologist Barb Kelly shares practice application of using interests in therapy. Develop and understanding of Neurodiversity Learn how to use practical therapy tools using geek and gaming Given the importance of lived experience, this session will aim to amplify the voices…

Incorporation of Video Games into Mindfulness Activities

2021 Video Games & Mindfulness Mindfulness practices are beneficial for a host of reasons, from the physiological benefits of stress reduction to improving focus. Regular practice helps us see and realize those benefits, but it can be difficult for clients/people who need it to know where to start or get that regular practice. Videogames provide…

Geekdom & Spirituality

2021 Geekdom & Spirituality We know a lot about the therapeutic benefits of geekdom. This session is about the spiritual benefits— enhancing our sense of identity, meaning, and belonging — of engaging in our geekdoms. How can RPGs, video games, comic books, participation in fandoms, etc. help us discover who we are? How can “playing…

Gaming in Therapy (Roblox and Animal Crossing)

2021 Gaming in Therapy (Roblox and Animal Crossing)  Session will explore the use of games for therapy, with included examples of Roblox and Animal Crossing. Jessica Erhman, AMFT CEO Happylilbrains AMFT Tranform Psychological Services My name is Jessica Ehrman and I am a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (#116726 – supervised by Samantha Schlossman,…