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Recommended Experience, Skills, and Training

by Hawke Robinson published Nov 11, 2016 01:08 AM, last modified Nov 11, 2016 01:08 AM

This book is written primarily for professionals in the Therapeutic Recreation / Recreation Therapy field of practice. It should be very accessible to other healthcare professionals in fields such as mental health, social work, psychology, psychiatry, physical therapy, occupational therapy, music therapy, art therapy, drama therapy, etc.

While this book is written with the assumption that the reader comes from the TR profession, it is also assumed the reader has never implemented a role-playing gaming therapy previously (to date only a few, such as the author of this document, have performed such implementations whatever the profession), it is assumed the reader has at least some understanding of the basics of at least one form of RPG.

While every effort is made to define terms, and provide examples for specific program plans, it is recommended that in order for these treatments to be effective, the reader will need to have spent a significant amount of time learning to play and run RPG sessions in non-adaptive situations prior to attempting modified programs for special-needs populations.

The author recommends a minimum of 6 months (assuming weekly sessions of 3 to 6 hours per session) as a player of at least one form of RPG (the more experience with the specific form planning to be utilized, the better), and at least another 6 months experience running a group as a GM/DM. Note this is a bare minimum, for true proficiency, 10+ years experience with RPG is recommended. The author has been involved with RPG since 1979, and TR since 2004.

RPG Therapeutics LLC does offer training programs for healthcare professionals desiring to develop RPG therapy related skills and experience. See the website for contact information and specific training programs available: