Geek Therapy

Geek out. Do good.

Chicago, IL   |  https://geektherapy.org

Mission

WE believe the best way to understand each other, and ourselves, is through the media we care about. Geek Therapy advocates for the effective and meaningful use of popular media in therapeutic, educational, and community practice.

Notes from the nonprofit

Since 2011, Geek Therapy has grown from a community celebrating how to use Geek culture for good to incorporating as a nonprofit organization in 2020. The term Geek Therapy was coined by Josué Cardona in 2011 and refers to a specific model of integrating Geek culture into practice. He was inspired by the Geek culture and mental health work of Lawrence Rubin, Robin Rosenberg, Patrick O’Connor, and others, and his clinical training in Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy at the Albert Ellis Institute in New York City, to develop his model further. Geek Therapy is part of the wonderful world of helping professionals integrating Geek culture into their work, often referred to as Therapeutic and Applied Geek and Gaming (TAGG).

Ruling year info

2021

Board Chair

Josué Cardona

Main address

5200 S Blackstone Ave Apt 301

Chicago, IL 60615 USA

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EIN

86-1242038

NTEE code info

Media, Communications Organizations (A30)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Geek Therapy Network

In support of more fulfilling work and less burnout for helping professionals, we provide a platform for educational content (written, audio, and video) about the use of popular media in therapeutic, educational, and community practice. We also provide content creation consultation and support to help professionals, educators, and community leaders share their expertise and experience, in the service of helping others learn from their stories.

Population(s) Served
Work status and occupations
Health
Family relationships

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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How we listen

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Geek Therapy

Board of directors
as of 5/16/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Josué Cardona

Link Keller

Lara Taylor Kester

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/16/2021

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Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.