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The Therapeutic Potential of Role-playing Games: An Overview

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This APA Approved CE will focus on the history of Role-Playing Games, RPGs as tools for emotional processing, and safety of facilitation

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This is an APA certified training for CEUs. Come be trained on #geektherapy while obtaining CEs for your license! This Event Meets 1 Hour of the Geek Culture Competency Certificate Program.

How have role-playing games developed over time? How can role-playing be used to help people psychologically? What is the difference between role-playing as a psychological intervention and a therapeutic leisure activity? What emotional needs are role-playing especially good at addressing? What skills can be trained through play? What is the role of the facilitator in creating a perception of safety the container of a role-playing group? Join us as Sarah Lynne Bowman presents an overview of the potential of role-playing as a therapeutic modality.

Learning Objectives:

1. Participants will describe the history of RPGs.

2. Participants will list how RPGs can be tools for cognitive, affective, and behavioral skills.

3. Participants will describe the transformational impacts of role playing.

The Telos Project is an approved APA co-sponsor for the CE credit(s). The Telos Project is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing educational for psychologists. The Telos Project maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Course Instructor:

Sarah Lynne Bowman is a professor, scholar, game designer, and event organizer. An instructor at several institutions including Austin Community College, she received her Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Texas at Austin in Radio-TV-Film. She obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Dallas in Arts and Humanities. Bowman publishes regularly in scholarly and popular media about the transformative power of role-playing. McFarland Press published her dissertation in 2010 as The Functions of Role-playing Games: How Participants Create Community, Solve Problems, and Explore Identity. She served as an editor for The Wyrd Con Companion Book from 2012-2015, is a coordinating editor for the International Journal of Role-playing, and is a managing editor for the magazine Nordiclarp.org. Bowman was the lead organizer for the Living Games Conference 2016, helped coordinate the Role-playing and Simulation in Education Conferences in 2016 and 2018, and served on several committees for Living Games 2018. Learn more at her website: http://sarahlynnebowman.com/

Continuing Education Credits:

Psychologists: The Telos Project is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists in the United States and Canada. The Telos Project maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Completion of the course(s) with a post-test score of 80% or better is required to receive continuing education credit; there is no partial credit.

Counselors: APA-approved courses, including those offered by The Telos Project, are approved for some or all of your continuing education requirements if you are licensed in Alaska, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, or Wisconsin. If you are licensed in a state not listed above, please check with your state’s licensing board for specific requirements. Completion of the course(s) with a post-test score of 80% or better is required to receive continuing education credit; there is no partial credit.

Other Professions: This activity qualifies for the specified number of hours of instructional content as required by many licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your board or organization for specific requirements. Completion of the course(s) with a post-test score of 80% or better is required to receive continuing education credit; there is no partial credit.

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