Dungeons & Worry Dragons

Currently Offered , Anxiety

Face your demons - literally!

What is Dungeons & Worry Dragons?

If you haven’t heard of D&WD before or need a reminder, it is a Therapeutically-Applied Roleplaying Game Group, (yes we play D&D in the group). Ideal participants are having some kind of difficulty with social functioning – social anxiety, social skills deficits for any reason, trouble connecting, loneliness, etc. No prior knowledge of D&D is necessary!

The group has been running since 2019, and in that time participants have seen an average of about 17% improvement on a measure of social anxiety disorder symptom severity, and have also provided some very heartwarming qualitative feedback.

How does it work?

Group members become players in the Dungeons & Dragons tabletop role-playing game, therapeutically facilitated to encourage group members to build social skills to combat depression and anxiety.

Why Dungeons & Dragons?

Tabletop role-playing games (such as Dungeons & Dragons) can increase confidence, creativity, and problem solving skills – all while having fun playing as powerful adventurers in a fantasy world.

How does it work?

Facilitated by a clinical counsellor, this group uses teamwork, role-play, and imagination to encourage participants to meet the challenges they encounter in daily life, and is especially helpful for those suffering from low mood and social anxiety.

How do I join?

To register, please contact David Lindskoog at david_lindskoog@sfu.ca with your name and email. You can also email David if you have any questions regarding this support group.

Fall 2022 Schedule

Sep 15- Dec 1

Thursdays | 1:30 to 3:30 (subject to change), 10 weeks. Could switch to Friday afternoons if that works better within the larger group ecosystem

Check out Upcoming Session for any updated times or changes to the sessions.

Dungeons & Worry Dragons was featured on CBC North by Northwest on September 21st, 2020.

Listen in beginning at 1:22:00 and hear more about the facilitator and this group.

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Upcoming Session

About the Facilitator

David Lindskoog

Registered Clinical Counsellor

David is a Registered Clinical Counsellor holding a MA in counselling psychology from Adler University. His approach integrates emotion-focused, narrative, and cognitive-behavioural therapy, and he prioritizes offering a grounded and caring atmosphere emphasizing safety and empathy. David is passionate about suicide prevention, social justice, career and professional development concerns, and the use of role-playing games in therapy.