Monique Thakkar, Mental Health Counselor, Puyallup High School; Jaclyn Layton, School Counselor, Bonney Lake High SchoolK12
According to a 2022 nationwide survey of 362 counselors by the New York Times, "94% said their students were showing more signs of anxiety and depression than before the pandemic". From the perspective of a school counselor, explore major issues youth are facing, why the solutions are falling short, and why Role Playing Games are vital for emotional and academic success. Learn about the evidence-based benefits of therapeutic TTRPG and tips for creating a safe and supportive environment that explores meaning, belonging, and self-awareness. Come curious and leave inspired with a greater understanding of the value and potential of expressive arts activities. Silliness and laughter are not required but highly recommended.
Participants will be able to:
1.) Understand the gravity of what teenagers are experiencing and how important social connection is.
2.) Recognize SEL activities like RPG as vital for emotional and academic success, that play isn't a luxury but a necessity.
3.) Foster a safe and supportive environment that explores meaning, belonging, and self-awareness.
We have a dynamic online list of resources available that will help attendees further their interests in therapeutic TTRPG.