Featuring across a range of pop culture, including hit series Stranger Things, the timeless tabletop game, Dungeons and Dragons celebrated its 50th anniversary this year.

Known for its interactivity and role playing, the game has attracted major attention, seeing a surge in online searches.

But is it more than just a fantasy based-game? A number of industry experts suggest D and D can offer a range of therapeutic and pro-social benefits.

So, what can the game bring to therapy spaces for emotional health and could it help people who are neurodivergent or living with disability?

Image: Flickr: Ian Oreco CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

Produced By: Emma Wotzke

Featured In Story: Dr Susannah Emery, narrative designer and Lecturer of Game Design and Digital Media – University of South Australia , Michael Keady – Counselor Registered with Australian Counselling Association , , and

First aired on The Wire, Thursday 29th February 2024