Roll for Progress was founded in 2019 by Brennan Jordan in order to help kids and teens reach their highest potential through the use of therapeutic gaming. In the past few years several groups of therapists around the country have begun to use modified table top games such as Dungeons & Dragons and Pathfinder to help children develop better social skills and healthy coping strategies to improve their overall functioning. These groups have been used often as either an adjunct to therapy or in lieu of traditional therapy.
In 2015, after years of working full time as a mental health therapist Brennan transitioned into administrative roles serving as a Clinical Supervisor for various mental health agencies. These positions required him to shift the majority of his time from working directly with clients to training and supporting new therapists. Brennan’s passion for table top gaming and desire to spend more time directly helping kids in a therapeutic setting led him to found Roll for Progress.
Brennan Jordan, M.Ed., LPC
Founder, Game Master
Brennan, a South Jersey native, after receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in Philosophy & Religion from Stockton College moved to Philadelphia to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a Mental Health Therapist. While in Philadelphia, Brennan received his Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Temple University.
Brennan has worked as an Outpatient Therapist in various settings across the greater Philadelphia area working with adults, adolescents, children, couples, families, and groups struggling with mental health and substance abuse issues. Brennan has acted as Clinical Supervisor at Comhar Children’s Services and JJC Family Services in Philadelphia where he has trained Mobile Therapists, Outpatient Therapists, and Behavioral Specialists to work with kids in the school and home setting.
Brennan fell in love with role playing and collaborative storytelling games from a very early age. While working with children in an Outpatient Therapy setting, Brennan saw that utilizing creative play approaches in order to help children meet their therapy goals was often more effective than traditional talk therapy. After studying the methods of several groups around the country that have been successfully using modified versions of traditional role playing games Brennan decided to start Roll for Progress.
Brennan is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Pennsylvania. Aside from his work with Roll for Progress, Brennan is the Clinical Supervisor/Quality Assurance Specialist of the Behavioral Health Department at Mazzoni Center in Philadelphia.