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Mike Langlois's Blog

Mike Langlois received his BA from Connecticut College in 1991, and his MSW from Smith College School for Social Work in 1994.  He has over 15 years of experience counseling adults and families. His work includes treating patients who use video games from a gamer-affirmative stance, and his theoretical background combines psychodynamic theory, contemporary cognitive and learning theory with cutting edge technologies.  He is currently an adjunct faculty member of Boston College School for Social Work and a teaching associate in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, where he supervises interns and clinicians.  He also serves on the Massachusetts Commission for LGBT Youth.

In addition to being a clinician, Mike co-founded the social media company Sparta Social Networks.  Sparta is a full-service social media company providing software platforms, hosting, and consultancy.  Its clients include such Fortune 500 companies as General Mills, Washington Post, and Citrix.  Mike participated in the company from startup to running the present business in many capacities to grow it. He has pitched ideas to clients, helped orchestrate launches, analyzed client needs, kept an eye on marketing trends; wrote press releases, managed budgets and negotiated CEO contracts. Most importantly perhaps, Mike helped develop the product that several versions and six years later is one of the social media companies to be included in the latest Gartner Group report.

Having spent countless hours researching the changes and developments in the social media industry Mike now focuses on teaching, researching and writing on the interface between technology and psychotherapy while maintaining a full-time private practice.  He speaks publicly about social media, video games, and psychology and his audiences including Harvard Medical School, Parent-Teacher groups, and most importantly kids.

He's the author of Reset: Video Games and Psychotherapy,


Member Blogs

Posted by Mike Langlois on Mon, 05 Jan 2015 01:17:00 EST in Console/PC, Social/Online
A psychotherapist's take on minecraft, education, and non-directive play for the developing self.

Posted by Mike Langlois on Thu, 17 Oct 2013 12:39:00 EDT in
In the 21st Century we have a crisis regarding thinking, and although I don't think World of Warcraft created it, it has reflected it in a recent game mechanic change.

Posted by Mike Langlois on Sun, 28 Jul 2013 04:25:00 EDT in
What player mode you choose may say a lot about you, psychotherapist Mike Langlois says in this post about 21st century Play Therapy & why it needs to use video games.

Posted by Mike Langlois on Mon, 10 Jun 2013 12:05:00 EDT in
This post is not just about spaceships, but about pacifists, Ethiopia and education.

Posted by Mike Langlois on Thu, 23 May 2013 10:40:00 EDT in
The above title is misleading. In fact it is as misleading as the term cyberbullying, which is an umbrella term used from experiences which range drastically.

Posted by Mike Langlois on Thu, 16 Aug 2012 12:03:00 EDT in
This is the first of a two part series on Minecraft and the concept of the uncanny.

Mike Langlois's Comments

Comment In: [Blog - 06/10/2013 - 12:05]

Thanks, Jonathan, please feel free ...

Thanks, Jonathan, please feel free to pass it along to friends and colleagues. :-

Comment In: [Blog - 05/23/2013 - 10:40]

Hi Ramin, and this is ...

Hi Ramin, and this is an excellent example of why the dialogue between game designers, gamers and mental health providers needs to be ongoing, I found your comment very interesting and thought-provoking. Thanks

Comment In: [Blog - 08/16/2012 - 12:03]

Fair enough. Perhaps it would ...

Fair enough. Perhaps it would be more accurate to say that winning the game isn 't necessary or important to many of the players

Comment In: [Blog - 04/21/2012 - 09:31]

Thanks all for the comments, ...

Thanks all for the comments, I read every one :-

Comment In: [Blog - 04/07/2012 - 06:23]

Thanks for all the great ...

Thanks for all the great comments If you enjoy this blog post, you can find more info and my book at Cheers

Comment In: [Blog - 02/25/2012 - 05:35]

@Dan LOL, I have been ...

@Dan LOL, I have been having problems with logging on to reply to your most engaging comment. Talk about unnecessary obstacles. r n r nI wish I had read your post before I wrote mine - because your last sentence helped me articulate what i meant. In terms of psychodynamic ...