Therapeutic D&D

Here is a short list of references that I’ve used for my proposal for a group. What are your thoughts on D&D used therapeutically? Would you ever be interested in this kind of group?


Ascherman, Lee I. (1993). The Impact of Unstructured Games of Fantasy and Role Playing on an Inpatient Unit for Adolescents. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 43 (3), July, 335-344.

Bethan C. Stagg, Michael F. Verde. (2018) Story of a Seed: educational theatre improves students’ comprehension of plant reproduction and attitudes to plants in primary science education. Research in Science & Technological Education 0:0, pages 1-21.

Bisson, C., & Luckner, J. (1996). Fun in Learning: The Pedagogical Role of Fun in Adventure Education. Journal of Experiential Education, 19(2), 108-112. doi:10.1177/105382599601900208

Bowman, S. L. (2010). The Functions of Role-Playing Games How Participants Create Community, Solve Problems and Explore Identity. Jefferson, NC: McFarland.

Byers, A., & Crocco, F. (2016). The Role-Playing Society: Essays on the Cultural Influence of RPGs. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company.

Blackmon, Wayne D. (1994). Dungeons and Dragons: The Use of a Fantasy Game in the Psychotherapeutic Treatment of a Young Adult. American Journal of Psychotherapy, 48 (4), Fall, 624-632.

 Fine, Gary Alan (1983). Shared Fantasy – Role-Playing Games as Social Worlds.

Chicago/London: University of Chicago Press.

 Kallam, Michael L. (1980). The Relationship between Simulation Game Play and the Oral Conceptualization Skills of Mildly Handicapped Adolescent Students. Master Thesis in Learning Disabilities, Oklahoma: University of Tulsa.

Kallam, Michael L. (1984). The Effects of Simulation Games Play upon Oral Language Development and Internalization of Locus of Control among Mildly Handicapped Adolescents. Thesis for Doctor of Philosophy, UMI Dissertation Abstracts #8427677, Oklahoma State University.

 Rivers A, Wickramasekera IE 2nd, Pekala RJ, Rivers JA. Empathic Features and Absorption in Fantasy Role-Playing. Am J Clin Hypn. 2016 Jan;58(3):286-94. doi: 10.1080/00029157.2015.1103696. PubMed PMID: 26675155.

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