I have been doing a Table Top Group here at my local youth correctional facility (prison for youth/young men). My focus is on skill building and using tabletop games as a medium to do that. I have been passionate about this for some time now and along the way, I ran into a podcast called Rolling for Change. This really changed my perspective on what I want to focus on and how I want to approach my group. That podcast really puts what I was thinking into a tangible idea. I have been running my group officially for a few months now with the focus on thinking about how gaming can not only transform some prior thinking errors you may have had but open your eyes to new ideas and feelings. My hope is to not only approach those topics but to also see if guys can recognize traits in themselves that may be exposed when playing. If we can recognize and discuss what those traits are, put a label on them, we may be able to work towards either identifying and correcting those habits or feelings, or just use this avenue to understand why guys are doing what they are doing so they can focus that effort in a more productive way.
I am still in the early stages of this process and getting guys used to discuss some of these things. After each group, we take about 30 minutes to sit down and go over the group and bring up the positives and negatives. We talk about what was easy or hard, then talk about why they were easy or hard. I try to ask the guys about any feelings they had about a certain game or situation. Again these conversations are new for a lot of guys so getting anyone to open up is a challenge at times, especially in a group setting.
Does anyone have any other ideas for my group that could be beneficial? Any questions or bullet points to touch on?
The guys I work with are between the ages of 16 and 23 right now and are here for a variety of different crimes. So far the group is going well but I want to keep moving forward and any new ideas or feedback would be great.