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Recommended Literature

by Hawke Robinson published Jun 19, 2017 03:50 PM, last modified Jun 26, 2017 11:50 PM
For those candidates interested in working with RPG Therapeutics LLC, here is a list of recommended books, audio, video, and other information that will help you prepare to have the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to pass the various training and certification exams.




 Role-Playing Gaming Handbook of Practice -


Notes from experiments on RPG optimization -


Little Wars. By H.G. Wells.


Role-playing Mastery. By E. Gary Gygax.


Confessions of a Part-time Sorceress. By Shelly Mazzanoble.


The Functions of Role-Playing Games. By Sarah Lynne Bowman, Ph.D.



Therapeutic Recreation, Psychology, & Related


Therapeutic Recreation Recreation Program Design, Principles & Procedures, Fifth Edition. By Norma J. Stumbo and Carol Ann Peterson. Also known as "The Cookbook" in TR circles.


Assessment Tools for Recreational Therapy and Related Fields, Fourth Edition. By Joan Burlingame and Blaschko. Also known as "The Red Book".


Recreational Therapy Handbook of Practice. By Heather R. Porter and Joan Burlingame.


The Therapeutic Recreation Stress Management Primer. By Cynthia Mascott.


Therapeutic Recreation Service: An Applied Behavioral Science Approach. By Elliot M. Avedon. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall.


Play, how it shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the soul. By Stuart Brown, M.D.


Play Therapy, The Art of the Relationship. By Garry L. Landreth.


Behavioral Health Protocols and Treatment Plans for Recreational Therapy. By Karen Grote, MS, CTRS, and Sara Warner, MA, CTRS.


The Therapeutic Recreation Stress Management Primer. By Cynthia Mascott.


Facilitation of Therapeutic Recreation Services, An Evidence-based and best practice approach to Techniques and Processes.  Edited by Norma J. Stumbo and Brad Wardlaw.



Professional Issues in Therapeutic Recreation. Edited by Norma J. Stumbo.



Facilitation Techniques in Therapeutic Recreation. By Professor John Dattilo, Ph.D. and Alexis McKenney, Ed.D.


The Systems Model of Creativity by Mihalyi Csikszentmihalyi

Flow and the Foundations of Positive Psychology by Mihalyi Csikszentmihalyi


Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing, by Donal B Egolf, Ph.D. and ondra L. Chester, Ph.D.

 Learning and Motivation Strategies. by Bruce W. Tuckman, Dennis A. Abry, & Dennis R. Smith.




Lectures, Presentations, & Panels

The RPG Research Project Introduction - (3:42) -

LARPing as a Form of Therapy - Wed. March 26 6:00 pm Pacific - (2:30:29) -


Role-Playing Games as Intervention Modalities to Achieve Therapeutic & Educational Goals for Individuals and Groups from the Therapeutic Recreation Perspective. Texas State University / Living Games Conference 2016. - This is a short 14:36 minute summary of the 90/120 minute version of the presentation.


Seattle Children's Hospital, Washington State Therapeutic Recreation Association 16th Annual Conference - (1:26:39) -


WorldCon 73 Panel on RPG Therapy and RPG Education  - (55:29) -


Traumatic Brain Injury Treatment using Role-playing Gaming - (24:22) -


Flow State, Being "in the zone", and Role-Playing Games - (10 minutes)


Actual Game Play Recordings


  1. Hawke's Worlds of Beru on The Spartan Show - S01E01P1 Unedited D&D 5e. Adventurer's Guild w/DM Hawke, Character Creation Part 1 - (1:44:12) -
  2. Hawke's Worlds of Beru on The Spartan Show - S01E00P2 Unedited. D&D 5e Character Creation Part 2. Adventurer's Guild, w/DM Hawke- (1:57:41) -
  3. Hawke's Worlds of Beru onThe Spartan Show - S01E00P1 Unedited. D&D 5e Adventure Introduction. Adventurer's Guild Guild, w/DM Hawke - (18:30) -
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Websites & Blogs


The RPG Research Project -

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