The centerpiece of the ADHD College Success Guidance Program is an intensive 3-day residential workshop in which participants tackle the obstacles of ADHD, learn skills to overcome them, and craft strategies to apply these skills within the college environment and beyond.
Before the Workshop
Each participant undergoes an initial assessment to identify their specific challenges and focus on the experiences that have shaped their academic life to date.
Once in the retreat environment, the participants engage in both a communal and individual process of intense work.
Communally, they share their experiences with one another and establish a common ground and language to explore the difficulties they’ve all faced. During the course of the work, they help and impel one another forward, creating lasting bonds that they carry with them away from the workshop.
Individually, participants are first pushed to identify what it is they want, recognize what has been getting in the way, and forge all this into specific goals. These goals are then tried on in a safe setting through a number of exercises, all the while assuring they are reachable outside of the workshop.
As the work intensifies through the weekend, Workshop Facilitators help participants continually recreate and update their objectives. This on-going process enables the individuals to dig deeper to reach for goals they never thought imaginable, while at the same time integrating a belief structure that recognizes and insures that they are obtainable.
Next, the participants begin a series of exercises and trainings to develop strategic methods that they can incorporate into their everyday life to achieve those goals while monitoring progress and regression. They learn a series of principles and a skill set specifically geared to addressing the distractions and difficulties faced by students with ADHD. For a more in-depth look at our workshop components, please see our training agenda.
Participants leave the workshops with a completed workbook in which they’ve journaled their progress through the program. This document holds:
their unique individualized goals,
a roadmap that they developed to meet them (their "plan of action")
strategies and tactics for handling their own challenges,
a means to navigate through the distractions that may derail their progress, and
methods for monitoring success.
After the Workshop:
It is the ADHD College Success Guidance Program’s belief that the work - assessment of strengths and weakness, learning and applying our methods, and integrating them into successful actions – takes on even greater importance when the participant begins course work and the distractions return. After the workshop, Our Academic Coaches schedule 4 sessions within the next few weeks after the workshop to gauge the student's comfort level with their self-monitoring and progress.
Although many students find that the workshop and follow-up academic coaching prepares them for college success, others have found that some continued weekly or other regular follow up with a coach helps them to maintain progress with their Plan of Action for Success, integrate the guiding principles into their college work, and develop the habit of keeping in their success zone. For these students, we have a program staffed with coaches that is tailored to provide this follow up.
Individual services are priced as follows:
Assessment: .............................. $250
3-Day Residential Workshop:....$750
Academic Coaching:................. $400/month
College Readiness Package.......$1,400
College Intake and Readiness Assessment
3-day residential workshop
Four Academic Coaching sessions
The 3-day residential workshop includes training, all training materials, lodging, meals, summary of their experience and multiple touchbase phone calls after the workshop. Parents will also be invited to join the post-workshop parent session that provides more information on the workshop components and how they can support their son/daughter with their goals.
The Academic Coaching sessions may be 4 one-hour sessions, or 8 half-hour sessions. The student and Academic Coach decide what method of communication works best - in-person, Skype, Facebook, email, phone, and/or text during the initial session. If at the end of the 4 sessions the student decides to continue with academic coaching, then the student, parent, and coach will meet to discuss next steps.
Workshops are held at The Lodge at Sleepy Creek
Our retreat center in Berkeley Springs, WV is located just under two hours from the greater Washington area. The 46 acre facility offers wooded trails, mountain views, a stream and pond, and a 20-bed residential retreat/ training center.
This retreat setting is away from distractions in order to meet the specific needs of our participants in this digital age…an age where screens of all sorts, from computers, televisions, and ipads, to hand held video game consoles, smartphones, and E-readers, are in front of us all the time.
The workshop fee includes the cost of meals, lodging and all training materials.