Hawke Robinson "The Grandfather of Therapeutic Gaming", Advocate, Consultant, Entrepreneur, Teacher, Researcher, Recreational Therapist, and Technologist

Due to my own personal traits and background in Information Security, I am generally uncomfortable putting my personal self online, but so many have been quite insistent I to do so. Here you can learn a little about me, and what I do. Folks said I should put something a little more personal online instead of just all my efforts behind the scenes and in "professional mode". They suggested something more personal should be available for those that want to know more about the person behind all these projects and communities.

First the standard biographical blurb "Hawke Robinson is a Washington State Department of Health Registered Recreational Therapist with a background in music & recreation therapy, cognitive neuropsychology, computer sciences, and research psychology. He is the father of 3 (now adult) children.

President and founder of the 501(c)3 non-profit international research and human services organization RPG Research with staff spanning five continents, and the for-profit professional services company RPG Therapeutics LLC, as well as a board member for multiple companies.

Professional peers refer to him as “the grandfather of therapeutic gaming. He has been tracking and involved in the therapeutic and educational application of role-playing games longer than anyone else.” –Adam Johns, Game to Grow, Executive Director, Lead Facilitator.

Robinson is a behind-the-scenes, and on-camera adviser for an upcoming documentary on role-playing games in prisons. He has been involved with role-playing games since 1977, researching their effects since 1983, implementing them in educational settings since 1985, and in therapeutic settings since 2004.

He has decades of experience working with a wide range of ages from 2 to 100+ years old, with a wide range of populations including but not limited to: ADHD, at-risk populations, Autism spectrum, anxiety disorders, brain injuries, cerebral palsy, Deaf and hard of hearing, depression, incarcerated populations, Muscular Dystrophy, visually impaired, and many others."

I am an advocate, educator, entrepreneur, researcher, community builder, musician, therapeutic game master, and recreational therapist with a diverse background and broad range of interests.

I am a Washington State Department of Health Registered Recreational Therapist with a background in computer science, music & recreation therapy, education, neuroscience, research psychology, and therapeutic recreation.

I am a proud father of 3 (now adult) boys, a full-time single parent since 2007.

What I tend to say when expressing frustration about myself, an individual, or group's actions/choices: "What fools these mortals be, forgive them they know not what they do."

Mantra the rest of the time: "Patience and love, patience and love, patience and love."



Hobbies & Other Interests.

  • Acting
  • Music
  • Singing
  • Photography
  • Outdoors
  • Motorcycles
  • Automobiles
  • Travel
  • SuiteGM
  • Politics
  • Offroad
  • Languages
  • Literature
  • Drawing
  • Sciences

Additional Certifications, Accreditation, Continuing Education Units, & Training

  • Certified Nurses Aid (CNA) (1990) (Utah)
  • Habilitation Therapist (1990) (Utah)
  • Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) (1989)
  • Precision Tune 5 Star Certified (PT5SC) (1989)
  • Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) (1998)
  • Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) (1998)
  • Certified Netware Administrator (CNA) (1998)
  • Solaris Certified Systems Administrator (SCSA) (2002) (California)
  • SANS Institute GCIH (2002) (Idaho)
  • Assessment and Treatment of Sleep Problems in PTSD – Cognitive Behavioral Treatment (Veterans Health Administration (VHA)) (2016). Accreditations: APA: Continuing Education Credit, APA - EES, ANCC - EES, ANCC: Contact Hours Continuing Nursing Education (Washington)
  • Assessment and Treatment of Sleep Problems in PTSD – Alternate Methods for Delivery of Cognitive Behavior Treatment (Veterans Health Administration (VHA)) (2016) (Washington) 
  • Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) Workshop, Russ Koltz, Ph.D. 12 CEUs through Evidence-Based Practice Institute, LLC. (2016) (Washington)
  • American Therapeutic Recreation member in good standing since 2014
  • Washington State Therapeutic Recreation Association (WSTRA) member in good standing since 2015
  • Pacific Northwest Therapeutic Recreation Association (PNWTRA) member in good standing 2016-2018
  • Washington State Department of Health Registered Recreational Therapist since 2014.

Accreditation and continuing education units from (see above certification list):

  • APA - American Psychological Association
  • ANCC - American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • NBCC - National Board for Certified Counselors
  • ASWB - Association of Social Work Boards
  • NCTRC - National Council of Therapeutic Recreation Certification


  • ZoeCon
  • WorldCon
  • SpoCon
  • FanNexus
  • WSTRA Conference
  • PNWTRA Conference
  • ATRA National Conference 2019
  • RPG Conference 2020