Grokcraft is a Minecraft server, learning lab, & community where parents, kids & professionals engage in playful collaborative social-emotional learning (SEL.) All our members are vetted & for youth require parent permission to participate.
Grokcraft counselors are available to mentor youth in SEL. Their youth group, Grok Corps, will be open to those who want to be trained in conflict resolution & online moderation. The vision is that kids will not avoid conflicts as much as learn to resolve them when they arise.
Mike Langlois, the organization’s founder, believes that in free play, children & adults can learn mindfulness, empathy & other social skills in a playful environment. With both adult and youth groups approaching with complementary educational needs & abilities in SEL and tech skills, there are constant opportunities for collaboration embedded in (most importantly!) fun.
Grokcraft is an educational rather than therapeutic milieu. Based on the educateur model, professionals are encouraged to refer clients who would benefit from play-based social emotional learning.
At the same time, Grokcraft provides a high-touch learning environment for adult educators & clinicians to learn how to use Minecraft in their work. Monthly seminars for educators, in-game coaching & instruction are available to give professionals a fun way to learn & practice 21st-century game play & add it to their professional repertoire.
ABOUT MIKE LANGLOIS
Early adopter, enterprise social media platform co-founder, psychotherapist; Mike Langlois, wears many hats, from clinical social worker to public speaker to corporate consultant for Fortune 500 companies & non-profits. He is committed to applying principles of play & game design to psychology & education to maximize fun & learning.
A gamer-affirmative psychotherapist & educator, Mike is interested in team-building between the video game industry, consumers & mental health. He wrote a book about it, called Reset: Video Games & Psychotherapy and has conducted workshops at SXSW, PAX East, Harvard University, Boston University, Boston College, SUNY-Buffalo, & dozens of other organizations.
Mike received his BA from Connecticut College in 1991, and my MSW from Smith College School for Social Work in 1994. He is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with 20 years of experience counseling adults, children, adolescents and families.
A few of his notable achievements are:
- Supervisor at Harvard Medical School
- Faculty member at Boston College, University at Buffalo & Harvard Medical School teaching graduate classes on Technology & Social Practice, Diversity, & Psychodynamic Theory
- Contributor, Tauren Think Tank, GamerTherapist & Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop.