Confirmed: Writing entire chapter on RPG for 4th edition textbook "Facilitation Techniques in Therapeutic Recreation"

by Victoria Jesswein published 2022/11/12 09:28:45 GMT-7, last modified 2022-11-12T09:28:45-07:00
Wonderful news, I just received an email today confirming they wish for me to proceed with writing the entire chapter on using role-playing games as a facilitation technique for therapeutic recreation!

Exciting news! Just received an email that I am confirmed for writing a full chapter, on Role-Playing Games, in the upcoming 4th edition textbook "Facilitation Techniques in Therapeutic Recreation" by Professors Dattilo and McKenney of Penn State!

I hope to have the final drafts completed over this summer. There are only 2 textbooks on the topic of facilitation techniques in TR available (the other is from Stumbo), and all Recreational Therapists must cover this topic as part of their training and working toward NCTRC certification as CTRS.

As far as I have been able to find researching since 2004, there is zero literature in the TR profession, beyond what I have created and disseminated, about any role-playing game format. This will cover all forms of role-playing games: tabletop, live-action, computer-based, and solo adventure books & modules. It will focus the most on the tabletop and LARP modes, but include considerations for using the other 2 modes.

I already wrote a rough draft of this when Dattilo suggested he was interested after seeing my presentation on RPG & Recreation Therapy at the Pacific Northwest Therapeutic Recreation Association a year and half ago (PNWTRA).

Just thought I'd share the great news!

Happy Gaming!

-Hawke Robinson


Link to purchase 4th Edition (when available): pending

Link to purchase current 3rd Edition (2016):

Link to purchase 2nd Edition (2012):



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