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A small study of US veterans diagnosed with PTSD showed that military 'first person shooter' games showed more robust outcomes than conventional psychotherapy and behavioral modification techniques (Journal Games Health Aug 2015)
Online USA military games group
details to follow
"Veterans may benefit from the development and use of clinical applications of video games in PTSD treatment, clinical attention should continue to focus on established psychosocial predictors of PTSD"
(Journal of Trauma Stress April 2017)
Cooperative gaming provides "camaraderie, skill sharpening, and pure enjoyment and recreation" and has aided in the reintegration into civilian life following combat exposure PTSD.
Why Game Therapy?
There is evidence of benefit in the management of combat trauma from cooperative game play, both computer and role-play games (RPGs).
Following discussions with military veterans in the UK and USA we co-created two online projects, a UK and US Military Game Groups to trial the therapeutic online role-playing gaming.
The Alpha Test
In October 2022 a 6 month alpha test began to test the logistics of running an online therapeutic gaming group for UK and UK serving military personnel and veterans. This was the 'what, where, and how' of the project.
In April 2023 the first group of military personnel will receive in-house training in therapeutic gaming.
The plan will be to then expand the groups.
Any serving or military personnel interested in taking part please drop us an email and let us know which country/ time zone you're in.
The Military RPG Survey
It would be a great help if any military personnel (serving or veteran/ regular, reserve or territorial) who have experience of playing role-playing games could please complete the survey below. Whichever nationality or arm you have served with.
This data will be anonymized.
This data is very useful for our research, planning projects but also for funding applications.
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