Efficacy of TTRPG for Adults with Social Anxiety: Research Presentation


Research Presentation

A research project was launched in 2020 as a collaboration between The Bodhana Group and Harrisburg university of Science and Technology. This panel is a discussion on the method, process and initial findings from this exploratory study using Kids on Bikes as an approach to helping work with adults with social and generalized anxiety. Discussion will include quantitative and qualitative measures and future considerations for this study.

Jack Berkenstock JR., MHS

Executive Director
The Bodhana Group

ack has been a gamer since the first time he grabbed a set of paddles for Atari 2600 in one hand and a 1st Ed D&D in the other. He was worked in the human services field for over 25 years, in settings including emotional support classrooms, in-patient and community based settings. He has worked with pre-adolescents, teens and adults, both with and without developmental and intellectual disability. He has specialized in working with persons with sexually problematic behaviors as well as those impacted by sexual trauma for over 20 years.

He is one of the Founders of and is the Executive Director of The Bodhana Group, a 501 c3 non-profit based in York, PA that utilizes and advocates the use of tabletop gaming in education, skill building and therapy. He is one of the organizers of the annual convention Save Against Fear and is one of the co-organizers of TAGGS.

Faith Michaels, BS

Matthew Varrette, MSW; RSW

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