Welcome to The Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer Website
A mobile, wheelchair-friendly facility expanding the reach of RPG Therapeutics, providing Recreation Therapy and Music services to un-served and under-served populations throughout North America.
The RPG Trailer extends the reach of free Recreation Therapy based services to people with disabilities in rural locations, furthers the goals of The RPG Research Project (http://rpgresearch.com) through more geographically dispersed research capabilities, facilitates training and therapeutic services offered by RPG Therapeutics LLC (http://rpgtherapeutics.com).
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Additional News Coverage of The RPG Trailer
Video #1, from Segment ("Hit") #3, 7:45 am, October 10, 2016
Archived Video & Article from KREM 2 News, original URL: http://www.krem.com/news/local/spokane-county/local-man-opens-unique-mobile-therapy-unit-to-help-physically-disabled/333302903
Also they posted it on Northwest Cable News here: http://www.nwcn.com/news/local/spokane-county/local-man-opens-unique-mobile-therapy-unit-to-help-physically-disabled/333306503
Local man opens unique mobile therapy unit to help people with disabilities.
Local man opens up unique mobile therapy unit
SPOKANE, Wash. – One local man said Monday he is on a mission to help people with physical disabilities by using one unique method – RPGs, or role playing games.
Hawke Robinson first thought of the idea two years ago. He is offering mobile therapy called “RPG Research” which brings a therapy trailer right to the patient’s doorstep.
As a recreation therapist for the Washington State Department of Health, Robinson has been studying ways to help people recovering from traumatic brain injuries, ADD and ADHD, and Cerebral Palsy, through different methods.
What Robinson found was a bit unconventional. He purchased a wheelchair-friendly trailer he was able to customize and turn into a mobile therapy unit. Inside, it has up to 50 different musical instruments for patients to use during the healing process, along with his primary focus – tabletop role playing games such as Dungeons and Dragons.
Robinson said he has taken extensive neuroscience research and used it to understand how beneficial RPGs are in the therapy process for these patients.
Robinson paid for everything out of his own pocket and said he does not charge patients. He does have a GoFundMe account set up for people wanting to help him continue to serve and expand the service to more people across the region.
To learn more about his project, visit the RPG Research Project website.
Mobile therapy unit
Video #2 from Segment ("Hit") #1 broadcast live at 5:34 am, October 10th, 2016.
Video #3, from KREM 2 News Live Facebook Broadcast around 9:00 am, October 10th, 2016
I couldn't get embed code to work for the FB video, so here is a youtube version of the same video
Original Facebook URL: https://www.facebook.com/KREM2/videos/10153881882091301/
Video #4, Noon News Remix from Segment 3 with photos added.
Teaser at 0:15 to 00:24, main segment at 03:06 to 05:56
Additional Notes, Links, etc.
Clarifications, Corrections, & Disclaimers
Some clarifications and corrections that didn't make it into the clips or need clarification in the article.
I am registered with the Washington State Department of Health, I do not work for them.
I am working on an interdisciplinary undergraduate degree in Recreation Therapy, Music Therapy, Neuroscience, and Research Psychology through Eastern Washington University.
I am still working toward getting the national Therapeutic Recreation (TR) certification as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) through NCTRC. I have completed the required TR courses (and most of my other degree requirements), and I am now chiseling away at finishing my last few research psychology courses. I also have 2 internships to complete, one is a 16 week (40 hours/week) TR internship required to sit for the CTRS test, and a 10 week research psychology internship. Hopefully I will have all my degree requirements, the internships, and the CTRS requirements completed by the end of 2017, but no later than end of 2018.
I am an active member in good standing since 2014 for: American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA) - http://www.atra-online.com, Washington State Therapeutic Recreation Association (WSTRA) - http://www.wstra.org, Pacific Northwest American Therapeutic Recreation Association (PNWATRA) - http://www.pnwatra.org (since January 2016), and I am Mental Health USA First Aid Certified - MHFAC.
More information about Hawke Robinson here: http://rpgresearch.com/about/staff/hawke-robinson