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Learn Real-Life Skills while Gaming

Transforming your child’s play into progress, we use gaming to shape futures —we are the authority in expert-led gaming curriculum that teaches vital life and mental health skills

Transforming your child’s play into progress, we use gaming to shape futures — we are the authority in expert-led gaming curriculum that teaches vital life and mental health skills

My kids need social skills, but all they do is play video games. How do I get through to them?
The world is so different now, they never leave their rooms, how can I get them to make GOOD friends?
I just worry they aren’t telling me everything... how do I know that they have the right tools to succeed?

Level up your child's life skills through the games they already love

We are dedicated to nurturing children's mental and emotional well-being through the engaging worlds of video games.

Our expert-guided sessions turn popular Minecraft and Roblox adventures into powerful lessons in resilience, problem-solving, and emotional intelligence.

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SOCIAL CONFIDENCE
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What you get

Weekly Session Structure

Hero Journey Club is a supportive, fun, and safe environment where children can build on their strengths, tackle their challenges, and grow into their best selves. They grow through play in our innovative, science backed service.
60
Minute sessions
6-8
Kids per session
$40
per session
  • 60 minute sessions led by Masters or Doctorate level facilitators
  • Tailored groups of 6-8 children for focused attention and in-depth support.
  • While playing their favorite video game, your child meets with 6-8 other children and a credentialed facilitator to cover life skills and mental health topics.
  • They can speak about what's going on in their lives, get support and learn valuable life skills and tactics for overcoming shared mental health hurdles within the group.

Mental Wellness Curriculum

  • Depression: Empowering children with strategies for emotion regulation and resilience.
  • Neurodivergence: Celebrating diverse minds and providing strategies for thriving

Life Skills Curriculum

  • Procrastination: Cultivating motivation and effective time management.
  • Planning and Goal Setting: Empowering children to dream, plan, and achieve.
  • Confidence: Nurturing self-esteem and the courage to face new challenges.

Per-session pricing. No hidden fees, cancel any time.

Per-session pricing.

No hidden fees, cancel any time.

Led by credentialed experts

Thomas Derrick Hull, Ph.D

Ph.D - Clinical Psychology
Columbia University

Ed.M - Neuroscience and Learning
Harvard University

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Derrick is the Chief Clinical Officer at Hero Journey Club. He is a clinical psychologist and has been in the digital mental health space for 15 years in clinical leadership roles at companies like Talkspace and Noom. Derrick leads the care team and is responsible for ensuring the highest quality of mental health support in our program.

Diana Kopicki

MEd Community Counseling
Loyola University Chicago

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My name is Diana, I specialize as a person-centered therapist with expertise in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help with symptom reduction. I firmly believe that everyone is doing the best they can with the resources they have access to. Typically you will find me playing story-based games and cozy games like Pokémon, Stardew Valley, and Animal Crossing.

Tia Smith

MEd Mental Health Counseling
Lincoln Memorial University

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Tia earned her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling. She has a deep desire to help people help themselves and utilizes a person-centered approach, focusing on peoples’ strengths, to guide them through challenges. Creativity is a huge feature of her approach, as she believes it leaves room for self-discovery and validation. Her knowledge and love of anime, gaming, and crafting are tools she uses frequently.

Justin Holyfield

MA Art Therapy
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College

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Hi there! My name is Justin! I am an Art Therapist and working towards my independent licensure. I love doing the work through art therapy as I feel that self expression is a massive component to our own mental well being and resiliency. I have experience with several modalities such as: Gestalt, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Internal Family Systems, and Identity work.

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3 Easy Steps to Empower Your Child

First Steps

Answer questions designed to help us understand your child's unique strengths and aspirations.

Perfect Match

We custom-match your child with a group that mirrors their life skills journey.

Engage and Grow

Our weekly sessions are fun and playful, but focused on skill-building and growing.

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Preview our Monthly Curricula

MAY ‘24

Feelings are Friends: Learning to Understand and Manage Our Emotions

EQ, Emotional Awareness and Regulation

Teaching children to recognize and express their emotions appropriately and to manage feelings such as anger, sadness, and frustration.

June '24

Peaceful Pathways: Celebrating Respect and Resolution

Handling Bullying and Conflict Resolution

Learning to resolve disputes fairly and respectfully without escalating tension or resorting to violence. Learning how to communicate if you’re being bullied.

July '24

Sparking Confidence: Building Your Inner Resources

Self-esteem and Confidence Building

Activities and affirmations that help children feel good about themselves and confident in their abilities.

August '24

Cool, Calm, and Collected: Stress-Busting Secrets for School Success

Stress Management

Techniques such as mindfulness, deep breathing, and meditation can help children handle stress effectively.

September '24

Master Your Minutes: Fun Ways to Juggle School, Play & Everything in Between

Time Management

Teaching children how to plan and prioritize their time, which is crucial for balancing schoolwork, hobbies, and rest.

October '24

CyberSavvy: Staying Safe and Smart Online

Digital Literacy and Safety

Understanding the safe and responsible use of technology and social media, including the risks of overuse and privacy issues.

November '24

Thankful Thoughts: Mindfulness and Relaxation for the Whole Family

Mindfulness and Relaxation

Techniques to enhance concentration, enjoyment, and presence in the moment, which can help in savoring good experiences and managing anxiety.

December '24

Kindness Connects Us: Celebrating Togetherness

Empathy, Community, and Compassion

Cultivating the ability to understand and share the feelings of others, fostering kindness and a supportive community spirit.

January '25

New Year, New Me: Adventures in Healthy Living

Healthy Habits

Emphasizing the importance of a balanced diet, regular physical activity, and sufficient sleep for maintaining mental and physical health.

February '25

Friendly February: Mastering the Art of Social Success with Peers and Adults

Interpersonal Effectiveness and Communicating One’s Needs

Developing interpersonal skills, including how to communicate, share, empathize with others, and maintain friendships.

March '25

Finding the Pot of Gold in Every Challenge

Resilience, Persistence, and Adaptability

Teaching children how to cope with setbacks and changes, encouraging a growth mindset that views challenges as opportunities for learning.

April '25

Spring Into Solutions: Boosting Brainpower Through Creative Problem-Solving

Problem-Solving, Fresh Beginnings and Perspective, and Critical Thinking Skills

Encouraging logical thinking and creativity in solving both academic and personal problems.

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Empower Your Child's Growth Through Play

Teens 13-15

Weekly Session Structure

60

Minute sessions

6-8

Kids per session

$40

per session

Teens 15-17

Weekly Session Structure

60

Minute sessions

6-8

Kids per session

$40

per session

Per-session pricing. No hidden fees, cancel any time.
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94% tell us they’ve made some of their most profound connections through HJC
96% report feeling better following an HJC session
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Empower Your Child's Growth Through Play

Weekly Session Structure

60

Minute sessions

6-8

Kids per session

$40

per session

Per-session pricing. No hidden fees, cancel any time.

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94% tell us they’ve made some of their most profound connections through HJC
96% report feeling better following an HJC session
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