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by Hawke Robinson published Aug 13, 2015 12:20 PM, last modified May 30, 2016 11:41 PM
This list is auto-generated by finding all articles, links, files, and pages on this website, that have the categorization tag of "Filed under: RPG Therapy", this includes physical therapy, recreation therapy, psychological, etc. If you are aware of a program that is not listed, using role-playing gaming for education, please post a comment here, or email ( rpgresearcher at gmail dot com ).
1979 - Fantasy in psychiatric patients; exploring a myth by RPG Research Admin — last modified Jan 11, 2016 07:40 PM
Starker, Steven. “.” Hospital & Community Psychiatry, 30.1 (1979): 25-30. Rather than getting lost in fantasies, psychiatric patients generally suffer from too little fantasy. 6 pages. (1979, January).
1980 - Fluid and Rigid Boundaries of Paranoid and Nonparanoid Schizophrenics on a Role-Playing Task. by RPG Research Admin — last modified Jan 18, 2017 03:23 PM
Abstract. Johnson, David Quinlan, Donald
1984 - Effects of simulation game play upon oral language development and internalization of locus of control among mildly handicapped adolescents by admin — last modified Aug 16, 2017 05:35 PM
Kallam, Michael L. (1984, May). Effects of simulation game play upon oral language development and internalization of locus of control among mildly handicapped adolescents. Oklahoma State University. Significant improvement over control group found. 88 pages.
1985 - Dungeons & Dragons as a coping strategy by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 31, 2015 01:38 AM
Blocksom, Rita (1985, February). Dungeons & Dragons as a coping strategy. Dragon, 15-16. Private school director examines popularity of RPG among talented/gifted students. 2 pages.
1985 - Representational boundaries in role portrayals among paranoid and nonparanoid schizophrenic patients. by RPG Research Admin — last modified Jan 18, 2017 03:23 PM
Johnson, David R.; Quinlan, Donald M.
1986 - Fantasy role-playing for mutual aid in children’s group: a case illustration by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 31, 2015 01:47 AM
Zayas, Luis H. and Lewis, Bradford H. (1986, Spring). Fantasy role-playing for mutual aid in children’s group: a case illustration. Social Work with Groups, 53-66. A study of the use of RPG in treating disruptive-behavior problems by the cooperation required in playing. 14 small pages.
1993 - The Impact of Unstructured Games of Fantasy and Role Playing on an Inpatient Unit for Adolescents by Hawke Robinson — last modified Feb 29, 2016 12:42 AM
Ascherman, Lee I. Menninger Clinic, Children's Division, Topeka, KS 66601. Int J Group Psychother. 1993 Jul;43(3):335-44. - The impact of unstructured games of fantasy and role playing on an inpatient unit for adolescents Ascherman, L IView Profile. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy43.3 (Jul 1993): 335-344.
1994 - Role-playing games to treat suicidal schizoid by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jan 18, 2017 03:24 PM
The Conclusion portion of Blackmon's report sums up the many possibilities that developing and establishing use of role-playing games for targeted therapeutic benefit may be able to provide for those in serious need:
1994 - RPG as auxiliary in psychotherapy by Hawke Robinson — last modified Sep 15, 2015 04:11 PM
Diniz, Omar (1994, May). RPG as auxiliary in psychotherapy. CAR-PGa Newsletter, page 1. Ideas on how RPG can be used in therapy.
1994 - RPG, a Clinical Approach by Hawke Robinson — last modified Sep 15, 2015 04:16 PM
Borges, Silvia (1994). RPG, a Clinical Approach. Bonham, TX: CAR-PGa.
1994 - RPG, a Clinical Approach by Hawke Robinson — last modified Sep 15, 2015 04:22 PM
Author's English translation of speech at Wunderblock Centro de Estudos, Rio de Janeiro. Use of RPG in making contact with and treating street children. 5 pages. Bonham, TX: CAR-PGa.
1994 - Therapeutic Applications of Commercially Available Computer Software. Computers in Human Services by Hawke Robinson — last modified Sep 17, 2015 07:06 AM
Favelle, Gordon K. (1994). Therapeutic Applications of Commercially Available Computer Software. Computers in Human Services, 11 (1-2), 151-158.
1994 - Use of D&D as a therapy for suicidal schizoid by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jan 18, 2017 03:25 PM
Blackmon, Wayne D. (1994, Fall). Dungeons and Dragons: the use of a fantasy game in the psychotherapeutic treatment of a young adult. Journal of Psychotherapy, 48:4, 624-632.
2004 - Pratique du jeu de rôle auprés d'adolescents by Hawke Robinson — last modified Sep 17, 2015 06:45 AM
Koster, Nicolas (2004). Pratique du jeu de rôle auprés d'adolescents. Use of RPG with 16-18-year-old dysfunctionals in a residence facility. 13 pages.
2010 - Abstract A Study of Biofeedback in a Gaming Environment by Hawke Robinson — last modified Sep 17, 2015 07:17 AM
This chapter reports on a study of biofeedback in a gaming environment incorporating the acquisi- tion and analysis of physiological data sets in tandem with other behavioral and self-report data sets.
File QuickTime video 2015 (Video) - RPGR - RPGR-A00015a by Hawke Robinson — last modified May 10, 2016 11:15 AM
Video of Hawke speaking at WorldCOn 73 on "Gaming for Education, Gaming for Therapy", August 19th, 2015.
Amalgamation of News Coverage, Panels, Q&A, Hangouts, Broadcasts, Interviews, & Presentations on RPG Research Studies on the Effects of RPG, and RPG used for Therapy & Education by Hawke Robinson by Hawke Robinson — last modified Nov 07, 2017 05:24 PM
It has been a VERY busy 10 months. I've spoken at 3 conventions/conferences, sat on panels and presentations, and been in a live Q&A chat session, and had multiple interviews. All about the effects of role-playing games, and their use to achieve therapeutic and educational goals for many different populations. Here is a listing of all these in one location for your convenience...
Analysis of the Report “Alienation and the Game Dungeons and Dragons” by Hawke Robinson — last modified Apr 03, 2016 04:52 PM
One important note from this report is "role-playing gamers are 2.7 times less likely to have feelings of meaninglessness than non-gamers."
Confirmed: Writing entire chapter on RPG for 4th edition textbook "Facilitation Techniques in Therapeutic Recreation" by Hawke Robinson — last modified May 30, 2017 10:17 AM
Wonderful news, I just received an email today confirming they wish for me to proceed with writing the entire chapter on using role-playing games as a facilitation technique for therapeutic recreation!
Dungeons and Dragons™ and other fantasy role-playing games by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jan 12, 2016 02:13 AM
This page is a cached copy of the page at http://www.religioustolerance.org/d_a_d.htm a copy has been made for the reader's convenience. Please note that the page may have changed since this snapshot was taken. RPG Research and rpgresearch.com and rpgr.org (and affiliate sites) are not affiliated with the authors of this page and is not responsible for its content.
DUNGEONS OF THE MIND: TABLETOP RPGS AS SOCIAL THERAPY by Hawke Robinson — last modified Oct 25, 2016 12:00 PM
An article on Killscreen.com, "DUNGEONS OF THE MIND: TABLETOP RPGS AS SOCIAL THERAPY" by Chris Berg was just published. It includes a range of RPG researchers and therapists from a variety of disciplines including: drama therapy, family therapy, sociology, recreation therapy / therapeutic recreation, and more!
Escapism and Gaming by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 21, 2017 08:54 AM
The arguments about "Escapism" often recur, and I recently saw someone posting about it again. This topic is addressed in the presentations at Washington State and Pacific Northwest American Therapeutic Recreation Association Conferences, so here is a snippet on the topic...
Game to Grow Episode 1 by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jul 11, 2016 03:42 PM
Join the live broadcast Monday, July 11th, 5:00 pm Pacific time. The first episode in the monthly series on the benefits and uses of games...
Had presentation today on RPG Therapy for TBI clients. by Hawke Robinson — last modified May 17, 2016 01:28 PM
Had presentation today at EWU: Role-playing Game Therapy for Traumatic Brain Injury clients. Will be posting slides, recorded video, and documents over the next few days on the RPG Research website.
Interdisciplinary RPG Therapeutics by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 11, 2016 06:28 PM
While listening to some research on neurological music therapy program descriptions, I was struck by the overlap of the RPG Therapy programs as a very interdisciplinary delivery of services...
Israeli group attempting to use RPG's as therapy tool by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 15, 2015 12:20 AM
I was just running the usual periodic search for anything related to RPG research or RPG therapy, and found out there is a group in Israel recently attempting to use role playing games as an assist to therapy for children. The original site is in Hebrew, so I have to rely on the postings from "Purple Pawn" to keep posted. Though my stepfather is Jewish, if I could talk him into reading it for me....
Japanese Researcher Study Indicates RPGs Effective for Helping People on the Autism Spectrum by Hawke Robinson — last modified Nov 29, 2016 11:31 AM
Japanese researcher, Kohei Kato, has shown promising measurable results using role-playing games to improve the quality of life for people on the Autism Spectrum...
Pax Video: RPG for Youth Skill Development by Hawke Robinson — last modified Sep 24, 2015 11:57 AM
A recently formed organization (2013) roughly in the Seattle area (Kirkland, Washington more specifically), called Wheelhouse Workshop, spoke at this year's PAX Prime. Here is a video of their discussion about using role-playing games to help develop skills for teenagers...
File PDF document PNWATRA 2016 RPG Research Presentation 1 20160125zw by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jan 28, 2016 11:18 PM
Updated to version zu, to include Education program plan for ADD/ADHD IDEA IEP, and relevant Dendy references entry. Zv version includes additional slides with the scan of added BADD pamphlet with "suicide" list, and locations banning D&D. Zw version, added missing APA reference, and Stumbo references. Zx version, added quick reference to Gender Bias research. This is a greatly enriched, and updated version of last year's presentation at WSTRA in April. With more time spent on the actual program plans as per requests from feedback last time. I know it is still blindingly long for a presentation file, but I've worked out the timing to finish comfortably in about 75-80 minutes (I can always easily stretch that longer if needed), leaving 5-10 minutes for Q&A, so won't have to do such a rushed presentation as last time. The slide show includes a lot of extra information for those wanting to peruse more deeply after the presentation itself. Especially the research abstracts, citation references, and information on my background, etc. All of which I will only very briefly point out and skim during the presentation, rather than spending time during the presentation itself, but it is there for those skeptical about the statements being made, hopefully it will help. I am hoping this will be the most effective approach to show the level of research performed, without having to try to prove it during the presentation itself. I am working on a VERY short version, around the 7-15 minutes mark as per Professor Bowman's suggestions/requirements for The Living Games conference (and others where I do not have the luxury of a 90 minute session). Fortunately, for conventions with gamers (rather than Therapeutic Recreation), I don't really have to explain what RPGs are, and their history. For the TR folks that mostly don't even know what it is (the younger ones), or often have the inculcated misconceptions (the older ones), this longer approach makes for a much more productive session. Otherwise the Q&A just gets bogged down on the all the myths, rather than the focus on RPGs for TR modality.
Role-playing Game Therapy Related Domains by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 12:48 AM
Added a section to the front page enumerating the existing psychological domains that are applicable in a role-playing game therapy context...
Role-playing Games Used as Educational and Therapeutic Tools for Children, Youth, and Adults by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 01:20 AM
An essay providing examples of existing efforts, and potential possibilities for using role-playing games with children, youth, and adults for education and therapy.
RPG Recreation Therapy Hypothetical Scenario - Bipolar Clients in Complex Interpersonal Interactions by Hawke Robinson — last modified May 10, 2016 11:15 AM
As we continue through the course on Recreation Therapy for People with Disabilities at Eastern Washington University, we have various assignments to write up hypothetical scenarios with hypothetical clients. This is one with several types of scenarios with hypothetical bipolar clients using tabletop role-playing gaming as the core activity. This is a high level overview, rather than a detailed activity analysis.
RPG Research Mentioned at PAX South 2016 by Hawke Robinson — last modified Sep 10, 2017 12:32 PM
The Wheelhouse Workshop founders Adam Johns and Adam Davis were discussing RPG's and therapy, and mentioned the RPG Research Project website as a useful resource...
RPG Research Project Presenting at PNWATRA Conference January 2016 in Portland OR by Hawke Robinson — last modified May 15, 2017 06:27 PM
The schedule for the Pacific Northwest American Therapeutic Recreation Association conference has been confirmed. I will be presenting at the Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland, Oregon, on "The use of Role-Playing Games (RPG) as an Intervention Modality" on January 29th, 2016, from 2:20 pm to 3:50 pm.
RPG Research Upcoming Conferences Early 2016 by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jan 14, 2016 06:14 PM
Here is some additional information on the upcoming conferences I am planning to attend in the first half of 2016. This includes the topics of presentation/discussion at each, schedule, location, etc.
RPG Therapeutics Presenting at WSTRA 16 by admin — last modified Jun 22, 2015 04:03 AM
Founder of RPG Therapeutics LLC, W. A. Hawkes-Robinson, will be presenting at the 16th Annual Washington State Therapeutic Recreation Association - WSTRA​ Conference, Saturday, April 11th.
RPG Training Programs by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 14, 2016 04:38 PM
The RPG Therapeutics LLC website has updated the section of the site listing training options for "Introduction to RPG Training Series", "Role-Playing Game Advocate", "RPG Facilitator", "Game Master in Education", and "Game Master in Therapy" and "Introduction" series of training and certification programs.
Tabletop RPG Recreation Therapy Example Scenario - Complete Visual Impairment by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jan 12, 2017 10:51 PM
As we continue through the course on Recreation Therapy for People with Disabilities at Eastern Washington University, we have various assignments to write up scenarios for clients with specific needs. This is one for a client with complete visual impairment due to traumatic brain injury to the occipital lobe. The client wants to participate in a non-therapy-setting leisure activity of tabletop role-playing gaming. The Recreation Therapist will need to evaluate and write up the potential challenges and modifications that may be necessary for the client to participate in this activity with as little difficulty as possible....
The new Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer prototype, the RPG Research International Community, and RPG Therapeutics, Featured on KREM 2 News & Northwest Cable News! by Hawke Robinson — last modified Oct 23, 2016 10:14 PM
On Monday, October 10th, 2016, Hawke Robinson, Founder of the RPG Research Project Community Website, President of RPG Therapeutics LLC, and creator of the Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer, was interviewed over a 4 hour period from 5:00 am to 9:00 am by KREM 2 news reporter Kaitlin Loukides, with 4 short 1-3 minute live broadcast segments (one each hour)!
Thoughts on RPG Assessment Process by Hawke Robinson — last modified Sep 19, 2017 12:04 PM
This was triggered by someone's question in a Facebook group, and I thought it worthwhile to repost here, in a more legible format, and more useful platform...
Where are Those Research Reports.... Don't you Just Hate When That Happens? by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jan 18, 2017 03:24 PM
In conversation on Facebook yesterday, I mentioned, as I have done a number of times in recent years, about my reading two different research reports about inpatient groups and role-playing gaming. I seemed to recall the papers mentioning they were schizophrenic, and one report was a disaster, while the other was an outstanding success....
WSTRA Conference 17 by Hawke Robinson — last modified Mar 29, 2016 11:07 AM
I am Presenting on RPGs for Therapy & Education at Washington State Therapeutic Recreation Association 17th Annual conference (WSTRA Con 17), April 2nd.

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