Areas of Practice & Expertise
The utilization of video game character identification techniques and other experienced 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.
Using fanfiction in therapy enables clients and therapists to rewrite the hero’s journey using narrative techniques. Since fanfiction is most often character-driven—getting inside the head of a character and asking “what if”—we can do the same with our clients, asking them to explore “what if” scenarios for themselves. For many clients, seeing themselves as the hero feels unfamiliar, and this is where fandom attachment or parasocial relationships can be uniquely helpful.With therapeutic support, they can begin to see their own heroism from the perspective of these beloved characters.
A form of expressive therapy. Media uses the act of creating and sharing user-generated content as a way of connecting with and understanding people. Social media therapy combines different expressive therapy aspects of talk therapy, art therapy, writing therapy, and drama therapy and applies them to the web domain.
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.
LIABILITY & RISK
Whether you practice therapy on the side, in a major facility, or through a private group setting, you want to have the experience and the training of knowing how to work with specific populations. This training provides, in addition to clinical populations, a solid foundation to be able to work with individuals who identify as Geeks or Nerds on a level that normal educational methods do not have the capacity for. By completing this training you can claim your specialty in Geek Therapy as a Certified Geek Therapist after completing the required credentialing.
A tabletop role-playing game (TTRPG or pen-and-paper role-playing game) is a form of role-playing game (RPG) in which the participants describe their characters' actions through speech. Participants determine the actions of their characters based on their characterization, and the actions succeed or fail according to a set formal system of rules and guidelines.
Dungeons & Dragons
By using D&D in a therapy session, it takes therapeutic roleplay to a new and creative level. Instead of imitating a regular conversation, clients get immersed into quests and are able to flourish in the game setting. Regular social situations often have much higher perceived stakes for “failing,” and often lead to increased pressure or anxiety. However, using D&D can provide carefully crafted, slower-paced, and highly monitored scenarios to offer socialization practice in easier-to-digest bites.
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.
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.
The therapeutic power of imagination is evident in various therapy practices, specifically play therapy. Adults mistakenly think that Superhero play is solely for fun and games or to occupy time. Unbeknownst to many, through creative and imaginative play, clients are developing cognitively and emotionally while improving their self-worth, positive self-image, and communication skills