Therapeutic Meeples: Economy of Therapy

As is often the case, I was pondering a game idea and thinking about how it would, or if it would, relate to the therapeutic setting. Over the years of designing games, I have found a number of publishers are looking for what they term “family-friendly”, “gateway”, or “easily accessible” games.  In a sense, they are looking for games that are often ideal in a therapeutic setting. Games that are fun, fairly light, and visually appealing. These games also tend to be quick playing and offer an opportunity for looking inwardly regarding one’s experiences. Often they can be a catalyst for conversation. But I started thinking about something different: games with an economic core to facilitate therapy. I considered a number of possible options when looking at this idea. In an economy, the participant is seeking to input some sort of good/material/service in order to claim something different in return.…

Therapeutic Meeples: Depression and Heroes

I was impacted by the news of Chris Cornell’s death. Soundgarden had been one of my favorite bands as a teenager, them and Pearl Jam. So a lot of my developmental history was framed by those bands, also by delving into DC hardcore bands like Fugazi, Bad Brains. In many ways these bands shaped who I am as a professional in mental health and also a board game designer.

Therapeutic Meeples: Choosing the Best Game

In bringing my professional lives together, I wanted to touch on something that is very important for me and has been for a number of years, games used in counseling or therapy. As a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor in the great state of Texas, I am often challenged with interesting clients. Often the goal is helping them through a situation and be able to get onto the next chapter of their lives.