20 September 2016DRUMBEAT Quest for All WA Primary Schools
Quest is the latest addition to Holyoakes universally successful
DRUMBEAT program. This unique computer game and associated facilitator
resources have been designed to empower students with the knowledge and
skills to build healthy and supportive relationships, make informed
decisions, and to take responsibility for their actions based on an
understanding of self and social awareness.We
can now announce that, with thanks to sponsorship by a private donor,
all Western Australian schools are invited to apply for a 50% subsidy on
the cost of DRUMBEAT Quest Package purchases.
goal is to have this life changing program in every school across
Western Australia and beyond. This subsidy is the beginning of this
Research shows that developing social and emotional
skills is crucial to being able to cope with lifes ups and downs, as
well as being successful in the workplace and a valuable member of the
community. Social and emotional learning can reduce risky behaviours
such as violence, bullying, alcohol and drug use and social isolation. The Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL)
summarises evidence of the impact of supporting students social and
emotional learning. Students demonstrate improved attitudes and
behaviours, with greater motivation to learn and better classroom
behaviour, and experience less emotional distress such as anxiety,
depression, stress and social withdrawal. Students also demonstrate
better academic performance with fewer disruptive class behaviours and
game delves into themes and issues that are central to students health
and wellbeing. The game is a highly engaging learning platform that
challenges and rewards players as they master the rhythms and light the
Beacons. Drawing analogies from gameplay, students can explore social
issues in a safe and meaningful way. Examining individual strategies and
motivations in a classroom setting provides rich and diverse subject
for discussion, promoting self and social awareness.
Quest is available in the Desktop Professional Package for Windows and
Mac or in the Tablet Professional Package for iPads. More details at www.drumbeatquest.com
17 August 2016YOUNG ADULT'S PROGRAM
For 18-24 year olds gaining greater awareness of their substance use
can be challenging as we move from our teenage years into our twenties.
The use of alcohol and other drugs use may move from experimentation to
dependence, causing undesirable problems. It can affect our health,
relationships and mental wellbeing. Over time we can start to lose
interest in things we once enjoyed and can find ourselves isolated from
Holyoake offers a special Young Adult's Program that
helps young people to work through their challenges. It provides support
with the latest information, peer discussion and practical skills.
Come and explore who you are and what you want in life in a safe, non-judgemental and supportive environment.
Every Wednesday 6pm - 8pm
75 Canning Highway, Vic Park
Call Client Services on 9416 4444 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
21 July 2016My son is finally enjoying the childhood he so deserves
Art and Play Program reaches out to mothers with a history of alcohol
and/or drugs, and their children. It aims to build the mother-child
relationship while reducing stress, providing support and improving
communication. Rebecca* experienced the benefits of this program and
shares her story...
"Looking back, I felt that no one was really
there for me, someone I could trust and confide in. That's why I turned
to self-medication to fill the gap. Unfortunately that was not the
answer and only made the situation worse... for me and all those around
The biggest loser was my little son with whom I lost that
beautiful mother-child bond. I was too absorbed in my own addictions to
devote quality time to him.
At the time I didn't know where to
turn. My family tried their best, but I rebelled. It was hard to face
the truth because of my shame, but I realised that no one could help me
if I didn't.
Finally I turned to Holyoake for help, and attended
the Art and Play Program with my son. From the very beginning we felt so
much at home. We were gently guided by our Counsellor to laugh and
enjoy each other again. Slowly it brought the tenderness and trust back
into our relationship.
We enjoyed the activities in the sessions.
We looked into each other's eyes as parent and child and just learnt to
be really present. We began to trust one another and experienced the
joy and love of the parent-child interaction - that is, unconditional
I think Art and Play is so helpful for parents to get the
connection back with their children. In addiction we scare them. They
then get reserved because they don't know how the parent will react.
so grateful for the care, compassion, understanding and non-judgemental
approach at Holyoake. I now have my son living with me full time. A
year ago he never received a merit certificate at school because of his
behaviour, now he is proud to have two! I think he is finally enjoying
the childhood he so deserves.
I truly believe that Art and Play
can help parents connect with their children in a special way. I have
experienced it, and so can you!"
*Former Holyoake client. Name changed on request.