This 6-week parent group presents ideas specifically designed for parents who wonder, “What can I do to help my gaming teen?”  The aim is to equip parents with some key tools that will help them take appropriate steps.  This is a content-based series that also provides an opportunity for connecting with other parents who are experiencing similar challenges.  Along with current research and tips, there will be time for discussion that enriches the experience of support beyond just reading about the topic.

In addition, individual sessions can be booked for those parents who would like further individualized support.

Bonnie has 20 years experience as a therapist and 7 years direct experience as a Family Therapist for a youth addiction program that inclusively addressed gaming addiction.

This course is also supported by a Human Nature Student intern.

Throughout the 6 weeks, we will explore:

  • Benefits and consequences of gaming
  • Adolescent brain development
  • Gaming-reward pathway
  • Addiction vs. problematic use
  • Understanding Counterwill
  • CALM Connected Parenting Approach
  • Stages of Change
  • Motivation and ambivalence
  • Family foundations as a springboard to boundary setting
  • Discipline versus Punishment
  • Consequences
  • Risk and Protective Factors
  • Strengthening relationships through managing interaction
  • Shifting of unhelpful entrenched patterns
  • Maximizing your influence as a parent

The course runs with a minimum of 6 households, and a maximum of 10.

Program Information


September 22 to October 27


Wednesdays, 12-1:30pm


Online via Zoom.

Program Facilitators

Bonnie Dyck, MSW, RCC


$250, plus GST.

Registration Information

To register, email us at [email protected].