Full-day Accredited Professional Training Workshop on Bringing RPGs into Your Practice

by Hawke Robinson published 2019/08/27 09:23:00 GMT-7, last modified 2019-08-28T12:00:35-07:00
At the upcoming 4-day ATRA Conference in Reno, Nevada, USA, we are presenting a full-day hands-on training workshop (and 3 days with webinars) for professionals interested in bringing role-playing games of all types into their practice and facilities. We are also offering several (less hands on) webinars during this 4 day conference.
Full day professional training hands-on workshop on bringing all forms of role-playing games (tabletop, live-action, electronic (CRPG, AR, VR, etc.) hybrids) into facilities, at annual ATRA national therapeutic professionals conference. Includes extensive accessibility, inclusiveness, & adaptive equipment & techniques information.
This is a short intro video for RPG Research (and RPG Therapeutics LLC for some parts) at the upcoming ATRA professional conference. Providing a full day workshop (8:30 am to 5:00 pm) training professionals to begin the process for integration of role-playing games into their practice: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luEZitYkhWg

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Note that RPGs solve the problem of finding proven, effective, intrinsically motivating, COOPERATIVE, socially enhancing activities that provide a wide range of benefits for an extensive variety of populations from ages 2 years old through senior adults, as well as a wide range of special needs populations. Such self-motivating cooperative social programs are in such short supply in most facilities/practices.
Shown to be effective for all ages from 2 years old through senior adults. This program is comprehensive in introducing detailed information on the following NCTRC ATRA areas:
  • Foundational Knowledge
  • Research and applicable theories
  • Evidence-based practice numbers
  • Assessment
  • Implementation
  • Professional development options available
We will also be broadcasting 3 webinars throughout the September 14th through 17th four-day conference in Reno, NV.


CEUs (Continuing Education Units): 0.6 (.1 per hour) have been pre-approved by ATRA for this workshop at the conference, in compliance with the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) guidelines for maintaining the Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) certification.


If you can't attend the conference in person, you can attend the webinars. These won't have all the hands-on activities of the full-day workshop, but will cover the rest of the material.
Information on paying for and viewing the webinars will be posted here as soon as we receive that information from the conference organizers.
We also have permission to record the all-day workshop sessions (though without the participants shown), and these recordings will be made available to RPG Research Patreon supporters at the $20+/mo level.

Webinar schedule

Below is the schedule for webinars during the conference.

Saturday, September 14th, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Webinar Part 1 - Intro to Role-playing Games from TR Perspective: The History, Myths, and Research.

Sunday, September 15th, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Webinar Part 2 - intro to Role-playing games from TR Perspective: Example applications, facilities, and populations.

Tuesday, September 17th, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Webinar Part 3 - intro to Role-playing games from TR Perspective: Professional Development, Acquiring Professional Knowledge, Skills, & Training.

Hands-on All Day Workshop Outline

9/14/2019 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM


Hawke Robinson, Washington State Department of Health Registered Recreational Therapist, Founder RPG Research, President RPG Therapeutics LLC

John Welker, Washington State Department of Health Recreational Therapist, Vice-president RPG Research

Danielle Whitworth, Recreational Therapist in Training, soon sitting for NCTRC CTRS.

Part 1: Introduction to Role-Playing Games (RPGs) as Intervention Modalities in Therapeutic Recreation: History, Theory, Research Evidence, Evidence-in-practice, & Hands-on Examples.

Introductory history, relevant applicable TR theories, RPG Model, and RPG Theory about all 4 role-playing game (RPG) formats: tabletop (TRPG), live-action (LRPG & Larp), electronic (ERPG), & hybrid (HRPG). Also includes format subtypes considerations for variants such as computer-based (CRPG), offline and online, virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), mobile devices, etc. Includes brief audience participation experience with each format in their standard diversionary applications, and then introductory general discussion about their potential application in educational and therapeutic recreation settings.

Reduced lecture portion available as separate webinar Saturday, September 14th, 2019 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm.


Part 2:  TR & RPG For Toddlers, Young Children, Youth, Adolescents, Adults, & Senior Adults.

Includes specific program plan examples using Therapeutic Recreation guided RPGs with considerations for toddlers, young children, adolescents, young adults, adults, & senior adults. Various developmental considerations, social skills development for many populations, and many other related topics.

Reduced lecture portion available as separate webinar Sunday, September 15th, 2019, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Part 3: Specific Examples of TR RPG for At-risk, Special Needs, Social Skills Dev, & Many Other Populations. 

Includes specific program plan examples using Therapeutic Recreation guided RPGs to achieve specific measurable goals including accessibility considerations, at-risk populations, ADHD, anxiety disorders, ASD/PDD, brain Injuries, Deaf & Hard of Hearing, Muscular Dystrophy & Cerebral Palsy, social phobias, & social skills development for many populations.


Part 4: Professional Development & Considerations for Professionals Using RPGs.

Specific guidance on options for TR RPG related skills development, professional training, certification, market, financial, logistical, legal, and related professional considerations for Therapeutic Recreation Specialists wishing to integrate role-playing games into their facilities or private practice. Also discussion of logistical, legal, and other considerations related to independent TR contracting and independent TR researchers, as well as mobile facilities development and use, including a tour of the wheelchair accessible RPG Trailer and RPG Bus mobile TR facilities that are designed to address many of the issues discussed in all 3 sessions. Includes optional (challenge by choice) end of session participation in hands-on activities with facilitated drum circle (maximum 50 participants) and RPG sessions (maximum 21 participants).

Reduced lecture portion available as separate webinar Tuesday, September 17th, 2019, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Contacts for More Information

If you would like more information about the conference, workshops, webinars, videos, or future programs and services, feel free to contact either:

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