The video gamer and the therapist

A new book by Graduate School of Social Work adjunct faculty member and licensed independent clinical social worker Mike Langlois challenges healthcare providers to rethink how they understand and work with patients who play video games. In Reset: Video Games & Psychotherapy, Langlois casts a psychoanalytic eye on video games, technology and the practice of psychotherapy and has some resounding criticisms of therapists’ often disdainful attitude toward gamers and the video games they love. Using examples from World of Warcraft, Epic Mickey and The Legend of Zelda among others, Langlois shows how understanding video games may not only improve therapists’ ability to treat their patients who play, but improve their clinical and business skills.
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