Dungeons & Dragons - Clinician's Guide to Identifying Strengths & Needs
This resource was created as a strengths-based play therapy activity to help make therapy fun and interactive. Specifically, it was created to teach therapeutic strategies to neurodivergent youth by modifying and incorporating their specific interests into traditional CBT, ACT, and person-centered modalities.
This resource was originally made by Dr. Sami Pieknik (author) to utilize with youth via telehealth or in-person. Holding a client's interest and teaching targeted therapy strategies to younger children and youth can be a significant challenge - especially online! This is a fun, interactive way to weave a client's interests into therapy - all while making it fun and teaching new and interesting strategies that they can apply to themselves and their passions.
This resource offers a clinician's guide to discuss metaphors and analogies within Dungeons & Dragons. There are many options in the activities it presents, and can be modified by age and/or an individual's support-needs. This activity can be completed in one session, or over several sessions, depending on the client's needs.
This particular activity focuses on a client's individual strengths, traits, uniqueness, needs, protective factors, support systems, stressors, defense mechanisms, coping strategies, and goals.
In this Clinician's Guide, you will receive. . .
- 34 Page Clinician's Guide PDF
- 28 Pages of content
- Background on Dungeons & Dragons, and how to integrate this into therapy with clients
- Supplemental websites for D&D creation content and self-exploration
- Customizable DnD Character Frame
- Customizable DnD Character Sheet
Table of Contents:
ABOUT DUNGEONS & DRAGONS 5
CREATING A CHARACTER 6
D&D CHARACTER 8
CHARACTER CLASS 9
CHARACTER RACE 11
CHARACTER ALIGNMENT 14
CHARACTER ARCHETYPES 17
CHARACTER BACKGROUND 19
CHARACTER SKILLS & STRENGTHS 21
ABILITIES & ABILITY SCORE 24
ATTACKS & SPELLCASTING 27
WEAKNESSES & VULNERABILITIES 30
CHARACTER SHEET 32