Holiday Program Sept 24-27th, 2018

“From habit to hobby”

Upcoming program dates:

September 24th to 27th 9:30am to 4:30pm + 5 weekly family sessions on Monday nights 6:00-7:15pm.

Hosted by Highett Neighbourhood Community House in Melbourne, VIC from 9:30am to 4:30pm each day.

The Holiday Program is designed to encourage responsible gaming behaviours through self-regulation. Increasing social connectedness with other hobbies and self-awareness are some of the ways the program aims to reduce the impact of excessive gaming on well-being. 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 self-regulating.

Mornings will feature educational workshops with engaging discussions and videos. These sessions talk through relatable gaming experiences and the mechanics of addiction from a psycho-social perspective. The workshops aim to give insight into how gaming compulsions come about, and what to do about it.

Afternoons feature:

  • A Boxing Fitness class
  • Escape Room
  • Virtual Reality
  • LaserForce / Rock Climbing
  • Pizza lunch celebration
  • A Social Gaming Experience – a LAN party at Game Cave.
Cost: $425 (inclusive of all activities)

These sessions aim to engage students and show them the opportunities that arise with social connection, even if they are games based. As part of the program, families benefit from 1 initial parent information evening and 3 weekly follow up sessions at HNCH + 1 booster session 6 weeks after the program ends. These group sessions will allow for more insight as to why the young person is gaming and using the strategies, they will help to reframe the role of gaming to high quality, low quantity. Parents will play an important role in this process and will receive the GameAware Families online resource to follow along. This is what helps parents to become empowered with the knowledge and strategies necessary to make this a sustainable change.


Holiday Program - September 24-27 9:30am to 4:30pm

Parent session - September 24th 6pm

Family session 1 - October 3rd 6pm

Family session 2 - October 10th 6pm

Family session 3 - October 17th 6pm

Booster session - November 26th 6pm