Training Mental Health Professionals
Being a geek can be seen as difficult for many; the social awkwardness, ineptitude, and judgment from others leads individuals to feeling isolated in a world of their own. Geeks, by traditional definition, are passionate about niche anthologies and obscure characters. Even with the rise of cultural normalization and shows discussing “geek” items, there is still significant mystery surrounding geek culture that perplexes individuals who are not intimately familiar with them.
We provide two opportunities to participate in the Geek Therapy community:
Certified Geek Therapists use role playing, personal identification, and fantasy play in therapeutic endeavors, in various therapies, and within group therapy dynamics. It is a type of therapy using role playing, fantasy, and personal identities to establish connection, encourage interaction, demonstrate analogous real-life experiences, and to facilitate personal and intrinsic growth within our clients. They are able to distinguish themselves from others by being able to use a specific logo which is licensed to them after completing required training.
Ethical standards have been created for us to adhere to when working with our clients. Designating oneself as a practitioner is an opt-in designation, ensuring that we uphold our community’s ethical standards for ourselves and our patients. By signing this form, you pledge to hold yourself up to clear and ethical standards of practice of which you can be proud - as can the community. Please see this Ethical Guidelines Opt-In for using Geek Therapy for mental health practices and serving clients: GEEK THERAPY ETHICS.
*Opting in does not allow a practitioner to state that they are a Certified Geek Therapist, or that they have had adequate training in these areas, but that they provide geek therapy to their clients. In order to become a Certified Geek Therapist a clinician must have undergone the formal training, adhere to the Geek Therapy ethical principles, and have shown that they meet the requirements. If you believe you have met them please apply for a Certified Geek Therapist credential.
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Areas of Practice Within Being A Certified Geek Therapist
The utilization of video game character identification techniques and other experiences to discover intrinsic motivations for playing video games, personal identity, and discovering conscious and unconscious conflicts, cognitions, and behaviors. Learn to work with children, adolescents, and adults who play video games and their families to better understand the immersive effects video games have upon the individual and resulting family dynamics.
Conventions are internationally prepared and celebrated amongst the communities for fandom in geek culture. As franchises like Twilight, My Hero Academia, and Harry Potter saw an increase in fandom in characters and actors/actresses, the nature of a Convention has become widely accepted in the mainstream. It is important that clinicians understand the nature of fandom and the culture associated with Cons.
Anime characters have deep and rich storylines where the imagination takes physical form. The supernatural powers characters have within their story worlds along with the sense of the narrative of their journeys make Anime a rich and important area to which draw psychological material. By harnessing these characteristics, concepts and features, the therapist can help to bring to light pros and cons of individual behavior using the material found within anime.
Geek culture encompasses many different paradigms of thought, intellectual curiosities, and specialized interests outside of “normal” social conformity. This can range from the more well known areas of video games, comic cons, and TV shows to the less well-known topics of board games and verbose fantasy novels.
The rise of super heroes in multiple areas of daily life has created an entire area of untapped potential for therapeutic progress. As more movies are developed for the movie screen, their comics are becoming wanted in a higher than ever demand. Individuals who see these characters on the big screen and also read about them across their varying iterations of comic books feel a deep connection to specific characters and their backstory. These variables are ripe for use in therapeutic practice and how to understand clients from a social point of view.
Powerful and Inclusive Selves
Historically, fandoms have been dominated by white male protagonists. This has an impact on how one plays a game, watches a show, and relates to their avatar. Learning more how this impacts individuals can hone in on identity issues and promote positive and negative senses of self if not used accurately by the therapist.
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