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Dungeons, Dragons, and Psychology: Applied Theory of Tabletop Role Playing Games in Mental Health (5.5 CE credits available)
Antioch University Seattle
Seattle, WA
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Online registration is closed. You may still register on site at 8:30 am on Sunday, January 27 as space allows. Check-in time is 8:30 am and the class is scheduled for 9:00 am - 4:00 pm on Sunday, January 27. Please note that you need to fulfill the entire class time to receive the CE credits. If you miss more than 15 minutes of the class, you will not received CE credit. We are located at 2400 3rd Ave #200, Seattle, WA. Paid street parking and lot parking is available. Parking can be tricky, so please allow yourself plenty of time. The class will be held on the second floor in Room 202. Enjoy the program. Ingrid Ingerson Continuing Education ceprograms.aus@antioch.edu 206.268.4856


Dungeons, Dragons, and Psychology: Applied Theory of Tabletop Role Playing Games in Mental Health (5.5 CE credits available)
5.5 CE credits available to Mental Health Professionals and Psychologists. Late arrivals or early departures will NOT receive CEs.


Sunday, January 27, 2018 9:00am-4:00pm


This event begins with a 2-hour introduction presentation that covers role playing game (RPG) terminology/definitions and historical context, in addition to relevant theoretical and systems perspectives to provide attendees with a basis of understanding of RPGs and applications in the field of psychology.

Following the 2-hour introduction presentation, participants will be able to observe a 2-hour live demonstration of psychology interventions integrated into an actual RPG - Dungeons & Dragons - using pre-identified volunteers and facilitated by Dr. Boccamazzo. This live demonstration will connect the previously presented theoretical content into applications for mental health professionals.

Following the demonstration, demonstration volunteers will participate in a panel-debriefing facilitated by Dr. Boccamazzo, incorporating perspectives from the audience/participants to explore questions and share experiences/perceptions from the demonstration.

Dr. Boccamazzo will then present relevant resources for participants to utilize in their work and/or increase their competence related to integrating interventions with RPGs. Finally, the participants will engage in a Q&A session.


1. Participants will become familiar with role playing game terminology including basic types/formats.
2. Participants will be able to describe role playing game interventions and their potential applications with clients in psychological practice.
3. Participants will be able to identify which clients may benefit from role playing game interventions and how to broach the subject with clients.
4. Participants will become familiar with common therapeutic goals associated with role playing game interventions.
5. Participants will learn about ethical considerations for integration of role playing games in psychological interventions including confidentiality in multi-participant group settings.
6. Participants will learn about cultural considerations for role playing games related to psychological interventions.


Dr. Raffael Boccamazzo, PsyD, L.M.H.C.A. (Dr. B) 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. They are most known for their pioneering Away From Keyboard (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.


Antioch University Seattle (View)
2400 3rd Ave, Suite 200, Roomm 202
Seattle, WA 98121
United States


Education > Workshops
Other > Health & Wellness

Minimum Age: 18
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Antioch Seattle Continuing Education Programs
On BPT Since: Feb 18, 2015
Antioch University Seattle Continuing Education

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