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.
PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, RESIDENTIAL WORKSHOPS ARE ON HOLD UNTIL WE ARE GIVEN CLEARANCE FROM THE CDC THAT IT IS SAFE TO GATHER IN PERSON AGAIN.
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 encouraged to identify academic, career and life 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, 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:
We believe 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.
- Initial Assessment – ($250)
- 3-day residential workshop – ($1,600)
- Four Academic Coaching sessions – ($400)
College Readiness Package…….$2,000
- 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.
Join us for an Upcoming Workshop:
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.
Groups Forming Now For 2021
Our online workshops are experiential, interactive, group classes that use video, lecture, guided discussion, experiential exercises, and work in smaller groups to empower students in learning:
- Executive function skills
- Problem solving
- Sustained attention/focus
- Social emotional intelligence
- Critical thinking
- And other relevant life skill sets essential to successful transition to college and career.
Our recently published book; Thriving at the Edge of Chaos – Making ADHD a Superpower in College and Career, provides a creative, entertaining, and integrated text for developing a basic knowledge of essential life skills taught in the workshop.
Our companion workbook helps students personalize the skills into useful tools and a plan of action. Participants are paired with an academic coach who supports their completion of the workbook during the workshop.
Our companion smartphone APP provides students a take-along tool for remembering their tools and plan, monitoring their progress and internal resources, while helping make academic coaching or tutoring services even more effective and beneficial.
At the beginning of our 12-week course*, students commit to log in on time, arrive prepared for class, and remain focused on workshop screens only. Our facilitators commit to providing a rich and varied agenda for each lesson. Students begin to understand that the way they show up in the Workshop is indicative of how they will show up in high school and college classes. Any violation of their class commitments then becomes an opportunity to understand and reinforce more successful behaviors to overcome the barriers of online learning.
“Study buddy groups” are formed at the beginning of the course and homework is assigned to these subgroups as teams. Group projects, questions, and other homework activities that reinforce the course principles are assigned to these groups as are discussion of films and videos that illuminate the learning objectives.
Working in these subgroups helps students hold each other accountable for homework and class preparation. The process of working in this fashion sets in motion an ease of seeking out and working with classmates. The ADHD concept of “body double” is reinforced, and students become more socialized to connecting versus isolating around schoolwork.
This seems especially important for college students who will face limited opportunities to socialize as the fall semester begins and the pandemic continues.
Intake and assessment: $250 - Includes review of academic records and psycho-educational testing, and clinical intake/assessment interview.
Workshop: $1,150 - Includes 18 hours of in-class training, 24 hours of out-of-class study (readings, movie an video watching, exercises), book, companion workbook, and training materials.