Training FAQ

We’ve gathered some of the most commonly asked questions about our training program. Please review this document first, but if you have any lingering questions, please email for further clarification. 


I’m a student. Do I need to wait until I’ve graduated or have a certification to engage in the training program?

Nope! You are welcome (and encouraged) to participate in all levels of training. We also encourage you to start running TA-RPG groups when appropriate, provided you are working under the appropriate level of supervision. 


I work in a school, but I serve in more of a mental health capacity. Which tree is right for me?

The mental health tree is focused primarily on TA-RPG with groups, while the educator tree covers the use of TA-RPG in groups as well as information about integrating TTRPGs into classroom curriculum and supporting student game masters. We trust you to pick the tree that is right for you, and expect you to stay within your bounds of competence regardless of tree. 


Will you offer trainings in person?

We are excited to offer in-person trainings as soon as it is safe to do so. No timeline yet, but our newsletter always gets the news first, so make sure you’re signed up


Are your trainings eligible for CEs?

Game to Grow is not currently providing clock hours (CEs) or continuing education credits (CEUs) for trainings. 

Do you offer customized trainings for organizations?

Absolutely! We can tailor a training specific to the unique needs of your organization. Contact with your requests.


I’m new to tabletop gaming (or gaming in general). How much experience do I need before attending a training?

You don’t need any experience with tabletop gaming prior to attending any of the level one trainings. Prior to attending a level two training, you’ll need 6 hours of experience as a player. We suggest you look into Critical Core for a great introduction to applied RPGs. 


Are your trainings just about using Dungeons and Dragons?

The Game to Grow Method of TA-RPG is system agnostic, meaning that many TTRPG game systems will be a great fit for the method. We do not specifically endorse one system or game. Many of our groups utilize D&D, but systems like Pathfinder, Tales From the Loop, and Kids on Bikes (among hundreds of others) can be a great fit depending on your population. If you’re just getting started, we highly recommend checking out Critical Core, our simple and accessible game system built on the D&D 5e rule system to support social learning and growth for all ages!


How do I become certified in the Game to Grow Method of Therapeutically Applied Role Playing Games?

To be certified in the Game to Grow Method, you must first complete all three trees of your chosen track, then engage in 10 weeks of our consultation groups, complete a self-reflection, and engage in a one-on-one consultation with your consultation group facilitator. While completing the consultation hours, 8 out of 10 weeks must be completed while you are actively running a TA-RPG group. See full details here


Are your trainings interactive?

Yes! Our level one trainings allow for interaction through chat. In addition to live Q+A, there are opportunities for participation throughout the training. Level two and three trainings include opportunities for interaction through chat, voice, and video. These upper-level trainings include breakout rooms for small group work. 


Do you know about any research on TTRPGs?

Absolutely! The therapeutic applications of role-playing games and the effects of role-playing games are continually emerging areas of research and we’ve highlighted a few relevant articles from peer-reviewed journals here. If you are interested in even more related research and the theoretical underpinnings of our work, check out the training program


What is your cancellation policy?

For live trainings, we require 30 days notice for a cancellations in order to provide a refund. We appreciate your respect of the work that goes into organizing events as a small non-profit. If you have extenuating circumstances or concerns, please email


I have an accessibility request, what do I do?

Like our other services, we are eager to make our trainings as accessible as possible. When registering for a training, please include your request. You can also email directly. 


I have a grievance, what do I do?

While Game to Grow goes to great lengths to assure fair treatment for all participants and attempts to anticipate problems, there will be occasional issues which come to the attention of the staff which require intervention and/or action on the part of an officer of Game to Grow. Please see this page for the complete grievance procedure.