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Dungeons, Dragons, and Psychology: Applied Theory of Tabletop Role Playing Games in Mental Health
October 13, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm PDT
This event is for licensed mental health professionals, as well as mental health students and trainees.
Join us for a creative and experiential exploration of role-playing games (RPGs) in psychological interventions. Dr. Raffael Boccamazzo, Seattle-based mental health practitioner and Clinical Director of the Take This Project, will guide participants through the dynamic, theory-based opportunities for integrating RPGs in clinical work including how to utilize game mechanics and quests to support social/interpersonal skills, self-efficacy, and other therapeutic goals. This 6-hour, (5.5 CEs) education event will include an overview of RPGs and integrations in psychological theory, a live demonstration of applications for mental health professionals using the popular RPG Dungeons & Dragons, and a participant-panel debrief to allow game participants and observers to share their experiences and perceptions following the demonstration.
About the Presenter, Dr. Raffael Boccamazzo, PsyD, LMHCA
Raffael Boccamazzo, PsyD is a Seattle-area mental health practitioner and clinical director of Take This Project, a national mental health nonprofit which seeks to inform the gamer community about mental health issues, to provide education about mental disorders and mental illness prevention, and to reduce the stigma of mental illness at large, most known for their pioneering AFK Rooms at video game conventions worldwide. Dr. B is also the lead facilitator for the Dungeons & Dragons social skills program with the Seattle-based Aspiring Youth social skills program. In his spare time, Dr. B fancies himself a home chef and plays more Dungeons & Dragons and video games than he probably wants to admit.