D&D Therapy Group
Coming Fall 2019: The Ghosts of Pleadon!
Join a 2-hour process group for adults who would like to develop confidence, creativity, and social skills in a group setting through the modality of the tabletop role-play game Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) in south central Austin, TX.
Group therapy is intimating to most. Let’s start with something familiar and fun to you: D&D. Play a therapeutic D&D campaign lead by Julia Stamman, a licensed professional counselor intern, in a private setting who will work to incorporate individual as well as group goals along the way!
Sign up to be on the interest list for fall 2019 through this contact form!
*If you have any limitations for availability, please be sure to mention this in your interest list contact form entry.
Question and Answer
How will this be different from a normal D&D campaign?
-We will have time to reflect on various themes and questions pertaining to character-player parallels facilitated by the counselor.
-Debrief for 20 minutes after each session out of character.
-The Dungeon Master (DM)/Counselor will be playing to the group’s specific needs and challenges.
-Confidentiality applies! This means you will not know the other players outside of group sessions, and will not be able to disclose what happens within the group to others.
Do I have to already know how to play D&D?
-Nope. I will use information gained during pre-group interviews with folks interested in joining to try to balance experience levels within the group.
-If you’re the type that likes to prepare beforehand, here are a ton of resources to get you started:
-However, remember no experience is needed! We will walk through character creation and how to play together.
What edition of D&D will we be playing?
-We will be playing D&D 5th edition.
-It is up to your DM/counselor’s discretion to fudge rules and rolls depending on what is best for the group and individuals in the group.
Will you be creating individual arcs with players or will you have us go through a general group mission?
-I’ve written the overall plot/task of the campaign.
-During pre-group interviews we will discuss any personal goals you’d like to accomplish during the campaign and will be tweaking the adventures and storyline as we go to incorporate your needs.
What does the actual structure of a group session look like?
–Meet at a designated South Central Location. You may pay in advance or before group starts.
-2 hour group
10 minute intro and reflection questions
1.5 hours campaign play
20 minute debrief out of character
-Limited to 4-5 spots.
-Attendance is mandatory each session. The reason for this is that the group is significantly altered with absences of members. If you know you will not be able to make a session (due to pre-planned travel or work arrangements), let me know ahead of time.
-This will be a closed group, meaning who we start with is who we finish with (no surprise additions along the way).
-The group will last 10-15 sessions and will complete the campaign story.
How do I actually grow from playing D&D in a therapeutic setting?
-Check out details here about the inherent benefits of playing tabletop role play games like D&D.
-We will take time to reflect on parallels between group dynamics, moral decisions, values, goals, characteristics, and conflicts.
-The caveat is always that you get what you put into the campaign. So I challenge you to focus on how you can translate all knowledge and skills from gameplay to your personal life. We will check in about this each session too!
Have more questions? Use the contact form above to reach out!
Julia Staman, LPC-Intern
Supervised by Ann Stoneson, LPC-S
Counseling South Austin