This program is FREE, thanks to headspace Elsternwick. This is the 10th holiday program that Headspace has supported GameAware to run. Headspace has been a valuable ally in helping teens conquer mental health challenges that are sometimes masked by excessive gaming. The Holiday Program is designed to encourage responsible gaming by improving self-regulation and increasing social connection through additional hobbies, strategies and and self-awareness. On the other hand, this program is also designed to help gamers enjoy and improve their gaming as they trade quantity for quality. Being game-aware means you know how to revolve gaming around your life instead of your life around gaming. It’s not uncommon for gamers actually enjoy their gameplay more than they did when they weren’t gaming intelligently.
Venue: Highett Neighbourhood Community House, 2 Livingston St, Highett, VIC, 3190
Dates: Monday 21 January to Thursday 24 January (9.30am-4.30pm)
(BYO MYKI and lunches except for Thursday)
The workshops aim to give insight into how gaming compulsions come about, and what to do about it. Afternoons feature:
- Mornings will feature educational workshops with engaging discussions and videos
- A Boxing Fitness class
- Escape Room
- Virtual Reality
- Rock Climbing
- A Social Gaming Experience – a LAN party at Game Cave.
- A pizza lunch is provided on Thursday
- Access to the online resource to provide ongoing support. Parents can use this to become empowered with the knowledge and strategies necessary to help our gamers make this a sustainable change.
- 4 evening sessions to implement the intelligent gaming strategies.
Holiday Program Dates:
Monday 21 January to Thursday 24 January (9.30am-4.30pm)
Monday 21 January 6.00pm-7.30pm
Family Follow Up Sessions
Tuesday 29 January 6.00pm-7.30pm
Monday 4 February 6.00pm-7.30pm
Monday 11 February 6.00pm-7.30pm
Booster Session: Monday March 25th 6.00pm-7.30pm
“The GameAware program educates both gamers and parents on the benefits (mastering an activity/ community engagement) and pitfalls of gaming (work-like addiction / disengagement with “real-life’). Our family has benefited from the GameAware program as we were able to develop a strategy to curb our son’s excessive gaming, that is flexible, manageable and ongoing. With a welcoming approach, Andrew has developed a program that young adults understand, respect and find success with. If your children have a gaming addiction OR if you think they may develop a gaming addiction, look no further – your answer is here. Thank you very much Andrew. “
“An amazing program that produces results. The program hits a nerve with my boy who took on board all the teachings and acted on them. I had been trying for years to get him up and active and off the computer but it took this program to actually do it. I still don’t know how. The facilitator is a kid whisperer.”
“The program has been very helpful in making me aware of my own behaviours as a parent and the fact I don’t push my son to be responsible for his actions. Ultimately change comes from within and he needs to be the one to regulate his behaviour.
As a teacher myself, I have found that I even change the way I speak to students in class when they don’t do the right thing. I’m feeling better prepared to help my sons move forward.”
– Parent and Teacher