Raw Video Now Available - at Seattle Childrens Hospital RPG as Therapy WSTRA Con 16

by RPG Research Admin published 2015/04/12 02:25:00 GMT-7, last modified 2022-11-12T09:26:46-07:00
The raw unedited video of my presentation "The Therapeutic and Educational Uses of Role-Playing Games (RPG) as Intervention Modalities for Individuals and Groups from the Therapeutic Recreation Perspective" at Seattle Children's Hospital for the Washington State Therapeutic Recreation Association (WSTRA) 16th annual conference. The live version of this presentation was certified for Continuing Education Units (CEU's) by the American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA).

The fixed video/audio/enhanced version can now be seen instead, here:



This was my first presentation on the topic of using role-playing games as an intervention modality to achieve educational and therapeutic goals at a professional setting.

The presentation is 90 minutes including a short Q&A session.

The conference had around 70 attendees total, and usually had to session happening simultaneously, so people had to decide during each session which presentation to attend. I was concerned that attendance for my session would be low because it is a completely new modality that hasn't been considered by TR professionals previously (at least in 10+ years of speaking with TR professionals about the topic, I haven't found anyone yet that considered it), and because the other topic was "Assessment of Participation of Children with Disabilities", both a more mainstream and compelling topic for TR professionals.

Much to my pleasant surprise the room was filled to capacity, with 35 attendees, including the president of WSTRA.

The slideshow needs some more polish, and I need to improve my timing, and the embedded video cliips unfortunately didn't play over the projector (thank you very much NVidia for embedded Digital Rights Management (DRM)), but other than that it seems the presentation went very well. The audience was engaged, and after the presentation many came up and explained how much they enjoyed the presentation, and many stated they had an "a ha" moment now understanding the potential.

Several stated they will now plan future program plans with RPG as an intervention modality, and they would like my help in developing the programs, including a group from Canada as well!

I am an undergraduate (senior, part-time) student at Eastern Washington University (EWU) working on an interdisciplinary degree in Recreation Therapy, Music Therapy, Neuroscience, & Research Psychology. I hope to finish the bachelors by the end of 2016. I am planning to begin my TR internship (16 weeks) in Spring/Summer 2016, and then after get my psych internship completed (10 weeks). I also plan to apply for the EWU Masters degree in Psychology with Experimental Concentration, and some more TR & MT related programs. If everything goes as planned, I also plan to go on to apply for a relevant doctorate-level degree.

When I get home, I will edit the video to have the actual slideshow embedded in the video (though it is fairly easy to read as it is), and also have the video clips visible in the edited video, and smooth out the audio (it gets very loud when playing the embedded movies), and I will include subtitles for the dialog. It might take a week or two to get the edited version completed, so here is the raw version for now, since so many asked for video of the presentation.

Many thanks to Katy for helping with the setup and tear-down, and her unwavering support! Many thanks to everyone's else's support, this was a significant milestone after 10 years of research. Hopefully next year, since this state-wide presentation has already been certified by ATRA, I can present at the national conference next year.

I welcome everyone's feedback, comments on any existing programs you know about (if not already listed on the RPG Research front page or in the presentation), and any questions anyone would like answered.


-W.A. Hawkes-Robinson


 Link to video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktMqL1s8jxI














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