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.

Summer 2022 Schedule

Group will be in- person in Group Room 1&2.

May 12 - July 14

Thursday 1:30pm - 3:30pm

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.