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Utilizing Role-Playing Games In Social Skills Assessment and Intervention

by admin published Jun 20, 2015 05:05 PM, last modified Feb 05, 2023 12:22 PM
A presentation put together by Dr. James D. Persinger, PhD., of Emporia Statue University in 2003 provides a summary of the history of Role-Playing in therapy, as well as some basic history of RPGs, and numerous tips in implementing RPG-based therapy in a scholastic setting.

While looking for some new/uncovered material to add to the site, I ran across this presentation summary by Dr. Persinger at Emporia State University (located in Emporia, Kansas), which I thought provided some handy insight into RPG therapy from an administrator's point of view. It includes 14 tips on how best to utilize a table-top RPG for assessment and therapy purposes and cites numerous studies of the effects of role-play use in therapy.

There's a numbering issue with the tips: #6 is actually #5, and the first #7 is actually #6. That aside, I found it a fascinating read. Give it a look yourself!


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Beverly Hoberg
Beverly Hoberg says:
Jun 15, 2016 12:35 AM
Hi! I'm the therapist that did the panel at Comi-Con that you saw on Youtube. I'm interested in finding journal articles that will support a D&D therapy group for teenagers. I see some interesting articles mentioned on your site, but I'm having trouble downloading the articles (I keep rolling a 1). I could use some wisdom points..... Thanks! Bev
Hawke Robinson
Hawke Robinson says:
Jun 15, 2016 01:12 PM
Greetings Bev. You should probably email me directly: rpgresearcher at gmail dot com to help walk you through any troubleshooting. I will happily point you to resources, but that is a very broad topic, so some Q&A to narrow down exactly what you are looking for would probably be helpful. If you would provide a link or two that you are trying to access, and the error message or problem that happens when you try to access that content, I will gladly help resolve any issues. Also Cell/Text (USA): (509) 481-5437. Happy Gaming!