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Friends of Jung-South
​Jung After Work


The Use of Role-Playing
Games in


Jessica Penot, LPC-S


Through fantasy-thinking, directed-thinking is brought into contact with the oldest layers of the human mind, long buried beneath the threshold of consciousness. 

—CG Jung, CW 5, para. 39

Role-Playing Games, known as RPGs in the gaming community, have become a cornerstone in the lives of many people.


Whether part of a massive multiplayer online video game or a small tabletop gaming community, many people are turning to these games as a primary mode of socialization and entertainment.


According to game designer and researcher, Jane McGonigal, “Games are providing rewards that reality is not.” People are increasingly seeking gaming to find rewards, connect with others, and move through the process of individualization. In RPGs, gamers explore hidden aspects of themselves, embrace these shadow aspects, and discover who they are in worlds and situations they might never normally see.


In this presentation, Penot will discuss the increasing use of RPGs in the therapeutic setting. She will discuss how the RPG "Dungeons and Dragons" draws on Jungian archetypes to create a path for individualization and the value of this process in group therapy.

Monday, October 16, 2023
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. CDT

Zoom meeting room will open at 5:15 p.m. to allow time to visit.

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Jessica Penot is a Licensed Professional Counselor practicing in Madison, Alabama. She is the founder and director of Tree of Life Behavioral Health. She specializes in treating trauma and autism spectrum disorder. Her research and clinical work focuses primarily on the underdiagnosis and misdiagnosis of women with autism and the unique impact it has on their lives and mental health. Her perspective is especially informed by her experiences living as a woman with autism spectrum disorder.


Penot is the author of 10 books. Her treatment manual, Unmasking Autism, A Guide to Spectrum Unmasking and Acceptance Therapy, New Harbinger Press, will be released in Fall 2024. Her memoir, The Clockwork Bird: A Story of Living at the Crossroads of Autism and Trauma, Title House Books, will also be released in Fall 2024.


Knowing your own darkness is the best method

for dealing with the darkness of other people.
—Carl Jung


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