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Therapeutic Dungeons & Dragons

for Therapeutic Healers

Have you forgotten the power of play?

Step out of the therapy world and enter a fantasy one!

No experience necessary!

What Is Dungeons and Dragons?

Dungeons and Dragons, also known as D&D, is a popular tabletop roleplaying game. It was invented by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson in 1974, so it’s been around for a while and has built up a large following of devoted players. We have seen in increase in interest since wonderful tv shows such as Community and Stranger Things highlighted the game! Players in D&D take on the role of a character in a fantasy world, and they collaborate with other players to pursue a goal, collect treasure, or defeat bad guys. Unlike most other games, there is no set path to take, and characters don’t just progress along spaces on a board. What makes D&D and other roleplaying games unique is that the players improvise to create a story together, and their choices affect what happens next.

The game is facilitated by a lead player, called the Dungeon Master, who describes situations for the players and asks them how they’d like to proceed. Then, it’s up to the players to decide how their character would act in a given situation. To add an element of chance to the game, players then have to roll a die to see how well their plan works. It’s not competitive, and there are no winners or losers: everyone works together toward a common goal. This can lead to surprising, funny, and even touching moments during game play that could never have been planed in advance.

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What Are the Mental Health Benefits of D&D?

Play of all kinds has mental health benefits—it’s why play therapy has been used to help kids since psychology was a new and emerging field. Play helps us to assimilate information we’ve learned, test new ways of behaving before using them in real life, hone our social skills, and boost our creative problem-solving abilities.

Although we might think of play as something reserved for little kids, the truth is that older children, teens, and even adults benefit from having playful experiences in life. Unfortunately, the older we get, the harder it is to find socially acceptable ways to play. D&D is an awesome, age-appropriate way for adults to recapture that playful childhood feeling and reap some of the same benefits that play has for younger kids.

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Some of the possible mental health benefits of D&D for healers include:

  • Expand skills in managing anxiety

  • Increasing happiness and decreasing stress through play

  • Increased self-esteem and self-confidence

  • Stronger creative thinking and problem-solving skills

  • Building a support network of others in our field

  • Slaying dragons and releasing tension in a playful way

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What will I need to participate?

The willingness to have fun and be playful! Otherwise, not much! We will provide you with a set of dice to keep and a notebook to use during your journeys. A tablet or laptop can be helpful at times but not necessary. 

Who can participate?

This group is specifically designed for therapeutic healers such as therapists, counselors, social workers, and those in our mental health field. This is not a group that is open to the public. 

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What is the cost?

$10 per session - this fee covers the cost of materials and resources needed by our therapeutic Dungeon Master.

I'm interested! What's next?

  1. Participants must watch our D&D 101 orientation before you join our campaign. As this will cover the basics of D&D, making a character, and how to use D&D beyond. This is especially important as you will be expected to have a character made to the requirements of the group and ready to go for our first session.

  2. While this campaign is an open group, meaning you are welcome to join us as you can, this campaign is limited to 6 participants for each session. You will sign up for each date individually, so please do not sign up for dates that you are unable to attend - this allows someone else to join for that session. 

  3. Check your availability for our current campaign dates - see below!

  4. Have questions? Ask our DM! You can email Zac at zac@anewhopetc.org

  • Building resilance in grieving children: nurturing strength and hope in play therapy
    Building resilance in grieving children: nurturing strength and hope in play therapy
    Mon, Apr 22
    Zoom
    Apr 22, 2024, 8:45 AM – 4:30 PM MDT
    Zoom
    Apr 22, 2024, 8:45 AM – 4:30 PM MDT
    Zoom
    The play therapy interventions that can be done individually or with a family working through their grief process. This play therapy workshop will help you develop the ability to be with the child in their grief process, and find ways to help support the children who “don’t want to talk about it.”
  • D&D for Therapists
    D&D for Therapists
    Multiple Dates
    Sun, Apr 28
    Las Cruces
    Apr 28, 2024, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
    Las Cruces, 715 E Idaho Ave Ste 2B, Las Cruces, NM 88001, USA
    Apr 28, 2024, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
    Las Cruces, 715 E Idaho Ave Ste 2B, Las Cruces, NM 88001, USA
    Leave the therapy world and join a fantasy one!
  • Geek Play Therapy Summit
    Geek Play Therapy Summit
    Fri, May 03
    Live Webinar - Zoom
    May 03, 2024, 8:45 AM MDT – May 04, 2024, 4:45 PM MDT
    Live Webinar - Zoom
    May 03, 2024, 8:45 AM MDT – May 04, 2024, 4:45 PM MDT
    Live Webinar - Zoom
    Join us while we explore the fusion of Play Therapy and Geek Culture!
  • Supervisor Consultation
    Supervisor Consultation
    Multiple Dates
    Thu, May 09
    Online via Zoom
    May 09, 2024, 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM MDT
    Online via Zoom
    May 09, 2024, 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM MDT
    Online via Zoom
    Supervisors need support too! Join us online and remember you are not alone!
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