'An innovative, evidence-based approach to address trauma and aid recovery in a homeless population'.
Game Therapy is a novel form of Drama Therapy where clients can playfully act out scenarios in a safe, controlled, psychologically informed environment to facilitate creativity, imagination, learning, insight, and growth.
It differs from traditional Drama Therapy in that it uses collaborative Role Playing Games(RPGs), such as 'Dungeons & Dragons’-type games or video games, to intentionally achieve these therapeutic goals.
Game Therapy UK is a group of clinicians, keyworkers and table-top Role Playing Game (RPG) enthusiasts who have come together to develop an evidence-base and best practice for the therapeutic use of RPG Therapy in UK populations.
trauma informed approach
It is increasingly recognized that many people who are at risk of, or are experiencing long term homelessness, have been exposed to trauma, often in childhood.
In the UK 85% of those in touch with criminal justice, substance misuse and homelessness services have experienced trauma as children (Lankely Chase Foundation 2015).
This is compounded as people are far more likely to experience trauma once homeless, be it witnessing or being the victim of physical or sexual violence. And of course, becoming homeless can itself be hugely traumatic.
There is growing evidence of the benefits of RPG Therapy in the management of young people with Special Educational Needs and people who have experienced psychological trauma (such as military veterans, prison inmates, complex childhood trauma). However little work has been done in the homeless population.