Dungeons & Dragons Therapy: An Introduction to Therapeutic Role Playing

Kids and adults have been building social skills, confidence, and friendships since the first days of Dungeons & Dragons in the 1970s. In recent years, with the game achieving more popularity than ever, Dungeons and Dragons has become one of many games used for therapeutic purposes.

Come join an interactive discussion about how Dungeons & Dragons can be used therapeutically to help kids and adults improve frustration tolerance, build social skills, develop creative problem solving, overcome anxiety, and cultivate communication & collaboration skills.

Participants will walk away with an understanding of how therapeutic gaming differs from traditional gaming as well as how D&D therapy groups differ from, but incorporate aspects of, traditional group and play therapy. We will explore how character creation, as well as pre and post gaming group questions, address therapy components and enhance real connections between players.

Chris Farley, MS, LCPC, Counselor in Silver SpringChris Farley MS LCPC has over 20 years of experience as a therapist and began playing Dungeons & Dragons in 1985. He is currently looking to expand upon his existing Dungeons & Dragons therapy groups in Silver Spring, MD
Michael Stahly, MA, MSW, LCSW-C, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in ColumbiaMichael Stahly MA, LCSW-C has been a therapist for 5 years and started playing D&D when a patient at a clinic he was working at offered to run a game for patients & clinicians together. Michael tends toward a chaotic good alignment and draws heavily on the principles of play therapy in his work with kids and adults in Bethesda & Columbia, MD.

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Fri 10:00am (Mar 13)
Fri 11:00am (Mar 13)
Glass Room
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