Video Games in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: Opening a Window to Play in the Treatment by Michael Langlois, LICSW

Current technologies are present in the psychotherapy treatment room. Video games used by clients are rich with metaphors we can use clinically to atune treatment to personality, attachment styles, and ego defenses. Integration of technology into psychodynamic psychotherapy can facilitate a deeper understanding of our clients, their projections and transference and our countertransference. Video games are a powerful tool for social emotional learning and for building bridges for a healing therapeutic relationship. In addition to the positive potential of video games in therapy, clinicians are challenged to determine when and how video gaming is a healthy resource, pathological or an obstacle to client functioning. Case study material where gaming was an important part of the treatment will illustrate the key concepts for integration of technology use in psychodynamic treatment.

Learning objectives:
1. Apply psychodynamic theory to video game-related content as projection, ego-function, transitional phenomenon, lusory attitude, play and dream states.

2. Explain how the topic of technology in psychodynamic therapy can be used to understand the transference and countertransference within the treatment.

3. Identify potential risks and opportunities for using technology in treatment and assess when that use is helpful or problematic.

Michael Langlois, LICSW received his BA from Connecticut College in 1991, and his MSW from Smith College School for Social Work in 1994.  He has over 20 years of experience counseling adults and families. He started out working in public school and clinical settings to advance the access of students with differing abilities and learning challenges.  He quickly identified the crucial role of emerging technologies for equity and health. His work includes treating patients who use video games from a gamer-affirmative stance, and his theoretical background combines psychodynamic theory, contemporary cognitive and learning theory with cutting edge technologies.  He is currently an adjunct faculty member of Boston College School for Social Work and a teaching associate in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, where he supervises interns and clinicians. He also serves on the Massachusetts Commission for LGBT Youth.

1.5 CE Credits
Lectures are $20 (non-refundable)
RIAPP members: FREE
Non-Member Practitioners/ Candidates/Fellows/Affiliates/Retirees: $20
Non-Member Students/Psychiatry Residents (*with ID): FREE

Please note: Advanced registration is not available for Wednesday night lectures. Please kindly register at the door.

Psychologists: Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Division 39 maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 

Social Workers: This program has been approved for 1.5 Social Work Continuing Education hours for relicensure, in accordance with 258 CMR, Collaborative of NASW, and the Boston College and Simmons Schools of Social Work.

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Date(s) - May 1, 2019
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Central Congregational Church
296 Angell Street (Diman Street entrance)
Providence, Rhode Island

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