Hawke Robinson

A Washington State Department of Health Registered Recreational Therapist with a background in music & recreation therapy, neurosciences, computer sciences, and research psychology.

Hawke Robinson has been called "The Grandfather of Therapeutic Gaming".

RPG Therapeutics LLC's founder and president has been involved with RPGs since 1977, researching the effects of RPGs since 1983, providing RPGs in educational settings since 1985, and Therapeutic Recreation since 2004. Hawke Robinson is a Washington State Department of Health Registered Recreational Therapist with a background in therapeutic recreation, music and recreation therapy, neurosciences, computer sciences, and research psychology, and President of RPG Therapeutics LLC,.

“…Hawke is sort of the grandfather of therapeutic gaming. He has been tracking and involved in the therapeutic and educational application of role-playing games longer than anyone else.” –Adam Johns, Game to Grow, Executive Director, Lead Facilitator.

Hawke Robinson being interviewed on KREM 2 & Northwest Cable News Network (2016)

He is President & Founder of RPG Therapeutics LLC. A for-profit company poviding individual, group, and organizational professional services. With a strong focus on Therapeutic Recreation / Recreation Therapy & music, professional training, publishing, certifications, and services to help clients achieve their educational, entertainment, professional, and therapeutic goals.

He is a Washington State Department of Health Registered Recreational Therapist with a background in: nursing, habilitation therapy, education, computer science, research psychology, neuroscience, meditation, martial arts, music & recreation therapy.

Mr. Robinson is also founder of the non-profit 501(c)3 research and human services organization RPG Research. ( www.rpgresearch.com )

He began playing role-playing games (RPGs) in the late 1970s, including all 44 RPG formats: computer-based (CRPG), live-action (LARP), solo adventure books/modules (SABM, and tabletop (TRPG). He has been researching about RPGs since 1983. He began creating programs to achieve educational goals beginning around 1985 with gifted & talented children and in many other educational settings with a wide variety of populations since.

Since 2004, drawing from Therapeutic Recreation (TR) and other professional disciplines, he has been designing and providing programs for a broad array of populations in therapeutic settings.

He is a multi-instrumentalist (20+ instruments), vocalist, composer, & drum circle facilitator.

As far as we know, Mr. Robinson is the first TR professional professional to use RPGs in his practice, though he has since trained and mentored a number of other TR professionals to add RPGs to their programs, including Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists. While there are a number of people from other professions less ideally suited for RPGs (most of them cannot provide RPG related services that insurance companies will cover, including Medicare/Medicaid), as a recreation therapist this is not a problem as the profession is an ideal match for using RPGs to help clients improve their quality of life.

Hawke Robinson is also creator of the wheelchair accessible mobile facilities: The RPG Bus ( www.rpgbus.com ) and The RPG Trailer ( www.rpgtrailer.com ), and often travels across many states providing services to those most in need and least able to get access ( www.rpgtour.com ), and as an advocate to raise awareness about accessibility and inclusiveness.

I can, however, provide 14+ years of information on researching and
using RPGs in TR and related professional fields, with a wide range of
clients. I also have a background in computer science, research
psychology, clinical psychology, neuroscience, play & music therapy.

I have several books in the works. The first is to be published
in late December this year, the "RPG Professionals Handbook". I also
have scheduled the following books for publication in 2019:
* Therapeutic RPG Programs for Special Populations.
* Assessment Tools for RPG Professionals
Therapeutic Recreation Role-Playing Games Handbook of Practice (with
WHO classifications) based on the "Blue Book" (basically an add-on to
that book), the TR handbook of practice.

Mr. Robinson currently offers over 77 courses, many leading toward RPG Therapeutics LLC's various certifications. These courses range from $25 for introductory self-directed online courses to $3,000+ for more advanced courses requiring more direct instruction. Certification tests range from $50 to $1,000 per test, depending on the time and complexity of the specific tests.

Mr. Robinson has worked with wide range of populations, including but not limited to:

  • "Standard" RPG use in populations from 3 years old to nearly 90 years old.
  • 2.5 to 5 year old ASD/PDD toddlers (including non-verbal communicators) & neurologically normal peers using TR adapted LARP.
  • Brain injury (stroke, TBI, etc.)
  • At-risk youth
  • Incarcerate youth and adults
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