The Antioch University Seattle grads behind Wheelhouse Workshop are in the news again! Kotaku, a major online publication dedicated to “games and things serious gamers care about” recently published a piece about Wheelhouse Workshop, a therapy group that specializes in using tabletop games, including Dungeons & Dragons, as counseling tools.
Dungeons and Dragons is a J.R.R. Tolkien-inspired, books-based game first published in the 1970s. Players take on the role of specific characters they create in this world, such as “halflings” (essentially hobbits), elves, dwarves, and more, while the host of the game, the Dungeon Master or “D.M.” tells the players about the fictional world their characters are in, giving the players the opportunity to make creative choices based on the content of the story. The game is also recognized as culturally significant in the Seattle area; in 2016, Dungeons & Dragons was inducted into Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture’s Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame.
Kotaku writes “Therapists have long used role-play to help their patients, inviting patients to role-play personal scenarios from friends’ or parents’ perspectives. But buying in can feel pretty lame without a good hook, or a fictional world’s distance from real-life. Because D&D is inherently cooperative and escapist, it urges players to reimagine the ways they interact with peers.” While Wheelhouse Workshop is not the only therapy group to incorporate Dungeons and Dragons, they are luminaries in the field, and have given talks at multiple gaming conventions, such as Emerald City Comic Con and PAX.
Adam Davis and Adam Johns are the co-founders of Wheelhouse Workshop, and both have earned master’s degrees from Antioch University Seattle. Davis earned his MAEd with a focus in Drama Therapy, and Johns earned an MA in couple and family therapy.
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