Greater Than Code

Greater Than Code

258: Nerd Therapy with Michael Keady

November 10, 2021

01:53 - Michael’s Superpower: Networking and Community Building

Being Driven to Fulfill Needs
Mental Health First Aid
Working in Proximity / Keeping In Touch
MAPS at Burning Man

10:36 - Defining Mental Health

Self-Invalidation & Dialectics
Money buys happiness, but euphoria comes dear
Boots Theory of Socioeconomic Unfairness
Decolonizing Wealth
Mental Health First Aid

Older Adults
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander

20:09 - Involving Gaming in Engaging in Talk Therapy

Jane McGonigal How GAMING Can Make A Better World TED Talk
Counselling with Mike: The Nerd Therapist
The Nerd Therapist (Facebook)
Pop Culture Competence by The Nerd Therapist

Grand Theft Auto 101
Five Nights at Freddy’s 101
Call of Duty 101
Among Us 101

31:13 - “Age-Appropriate Horror”

Starship Troopers
Civilization VI

38:45 - Social Media, Media, and Mental Health: Curate & Engage Responsibly

Rick and Morty
BoJack Horseman
Inside Out
Avengers: Endgame

Worthiness: Character Spotlight: Thor

50:41 - The Geek Therapy Community

Mike's Facebook Page
The Spoon Theory

Spell Slots and Spoon Theory

55:16 - Connect with Mike!
D&D Therapy
Warhammer 40,000

59:14 - Intergenerational & Epigenetic Trauma

My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem


John: Coyote & Crow Role Playing Game + Using Role Playing and Game Playing to treat mental health.

I’m Begging You To Play Another RPG (Facebook Group)

Mae: The pragmatic approach to seeing where people are and meeting them there.

Casey: Helping middle schoolers talk to friends in a structured way.

Mike: The hardest part about doing something is helping people know you’re doing it.

Tall Poppy Syndrome

Bristol Children’s Hospital: Oath of Accessibility: “Anyone can be a hero. Everyone deserves to go on an adventure.”

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