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Gaming Therapy

Helping people with disability learn and connect through a shared love of gaming.

Participants engage in Minecraft Gaming Therapy at Shenton College.

The Benefits of Gaming Therapy

Our Gaming Therapy program utilises social simulation games to offer people with disability the opportunity to connect with others while working together to achieve their therapy goals.

Group sessions are held on Therapy Focus’ Gaming Therapy server and see participants assigned specific roles in working to achieve a shared goal. This process encourages social connection in a fun and safe environment and has been proven to be particularly beneficial in achieving social therapy goals.

What is Minecraft?

As the game of choice for our Gaming Therapy Group, Minecraft is a video game that allows players to build and create with various kinds of blocks in a 3-dimensional world. It is often described as a ‘sandbox’ video game, which means it allows players to freely make decisions, explore, interact with and modify the gaming environment.
Players can choose to play on their own or join servers (multiplayer platforms) to play with others. Playing with others creates a sense of camaraderie between players as they build shared communities and protect each other from the game’s “mobs” and moving creatures.

What’s involved?

Our Gaming Therapy program is delivered by our experienced therapists in weekly sessions and can be accessed using NDIS funding or purchased privately.

  • Choose to play from our office locations or from the comfort of your own home
  • Participant numbers are limited to allow for adequate therapist support to achieve therapy goals
  • Sessions run for 1.5 hours to a maximum of 3 hours each
  • For face-to-face sessions, participants must bring their own device
  • Participants must have an up-to-date, active Minecraft account (Java or Bedrock) to take part in these sessions

What will I learn?

Gaming Therapy offers many benefits to participants, including promotion of:

  • Creativity
  • Planning
  • Problem-solving
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Resource management
  • Patience
  • Flexible thinking
  • Social skills
  • Healthy gaming habits

Program dates and times

4 - 15 July - Maddington

Game: Minecraft
Ages: 10 - 18 years old
Day: Monday 4, Tuesday 5, Thursday 7, Friday 8, Monday 11, Tuesday 12, Wednesday 13, Friday 15
Time: 9:00am - 10:30am
Location: Therapy Focus Maddington
Registration deadline: 27 June 2022
Facilitators: Alisala Jones and Katelin Porter
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5 - 8 July - Ellenbrook/Online

Game: Minecraft
Ages: 10 - 17 years old
Day: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Therapy Focus Ellenbrook and Online via Microsoft Teams
Registration deadline: 28 June 2022
Facilitators: Sinead Doyle and Matthew Rowe
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5 - 14 July - Mandurah

Game: Minecraft
Ages: 10 - 14 years old
Day: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Time: 10:00am - 11:30am
Location: Therapy Focus Mandurah
Registration deadline: 28 June 2022
Facilitators: Stephanie Mather and Dayna Smith
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6 - 14 July - Butler

Game: Minecraft
Ages: 7 - 15 years old
Day: Wednesday 6, Thursday 7, Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14
Time: 9:00am - 11:00am
Location: Therapy Focus Butler
Registration deadline: 29 June 2022
Facilitators: Carys Donald and Gayle Hillen
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11 - 14 July - Mirrabooka

Game: Minecraft
Ages: 12 - 18 years old
Day: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Therapy Focus Mirrabooka
Registration deadline: 4 July 2022
Facilitators: Chloe White and Lisa Hargraves
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11 - 14 July - Osborne Park

Game: Minecraft
Ages: 9 - 16 year olds
Day: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Therapy Focus Osborne Park
Registration deadline: 4 July 2022
Facilitators: Jessica Pham and Abbey Richards
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19 July - 6 September - Online

Game: Minecraft
Ages: 15 - 18 years old
Day: Tuesdays
Time: 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Location: Online via Microsoft Teams
Registration deadline: 12 July 2022
Facilitators: Callum Senyard and Meagan Tucker
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20 July - 7 September - Online

Game: Minecraft
Ages: 11 - 14 years old
Day: Wednesdays
Time: 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Location: Online via Microsoft Teams
Registration deadline: 13 July 2022
Facilitators: Isabella Cammarano and Holly Pearse
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20 July - 7 September - Online

Game: Minecraft
Ages: 18+ years old
Day: Wednesdays
Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Location: Online via Microsoft Teams
Registration deadline: 13 July 2022
Facilitators: Isabella Cammarano and Sophie Maines
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28 July - 25 August - Yangebup

Game: Minecraft
Ages: 8 - 15 years old
Day: Thursdays
Time:3:30pm -5:00pm
Location: Therapy Focus Yangebup
Registration deadline: 21 July 2022
Facilitators: Avelynn Low and Tianna Collins
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Complete an application form

For more information about our Gaming Therapy Group, including a detailed pricing schedule, contact us on 1300 135 373.

To apply for one of our upcoming groups, simply click the button below to complete the application form and a member of our team will be in touch.