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Wednesday, August 17 • 11:30am - 12:30pm
Learning about “Self” – Game + Design + Therapy

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This Panel brings together game designers and therapists in order to explore the potential of playing as well as designing games for self-inquiry, reflection and therapeutic purposes. Games enable embodied experiences and have thus gained a reputation as powerful learning tools. They can teach us something about ourselves as well as what it’s like to walk in somebody else’s shoes, thus increasing empathy, understanding, and personal growth. Playful engagement with personal conflicts through games and their design can lead to new insights, opening up new perspectives, point towards opportunities for change, increase psychological agency and have transformational power. This Panel explores different purposes of and approaches to games and game design from therapeutic perspectives, including an inquiry of game design as a new modality within creative arts therapies.


Sabine Harrer

University of Vienna

Susan Imus

Columbia College

Leslie Kirby

Vanderbilt University

Adam Mayes

Subject Responsible for Game Design, Uppsala University

Heidi McDonald

Centerstone Research
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Doris Rusch

Chicago, IL, USA, DePaul University
The human condition is extremely fascinating to me: what makes us tick? What's the spectrum of our emotions? How do we make sense of our experiences and share them with others? Games are a great medium to create shared experiences related to the human condition. One of my main areas of exploration related to that are mental health issues and the use of metaphors to make abstract ideas tangible. I made a few metaphorical games about addiction... Read More →

Wednesday August 17, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Traditions Union South

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