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".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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