For most young people, summertime means a welcome relief from the pressures of school. They’ve spent months in the classroom facing academic demands while navigating tricky, sometimes difficult social situations. Summer is the time to take a breath. But it is also the time to get ready for what comes next.
According to a July 2017 article in Psychology Today, “the evidence is clear: children do forget skills and knowledge learned in the previous school year. But if families and educators encourage kids to stay engaged in learning throughout the summer, students may not only maintain, but improve their knowledge.”
Cognitive and Behavioral Consultants (CBC), a Westchester-based group of internationally-recognized mental health professionals dedicated to helping people lead fulfilling lives, is offering a summer program to arm young people with the skills they need to handle the challenges that lie ahead in the fall, whether they are attending high school or college, and beyond. strategies for improving academic and social skills.
The high school and college Executive Functioning groups are designed to help increase organization, planning, and self-management skills and will cover a variety of topics including:
- Creating and maintaining a calendar of appointments, responsibilities, and deadlines
- Organizing papers, notebooks, and files
- Learning how to get started on assignments/projects, as well as how to work on them through completion
- Breaking down large projects into component parts with an action plan
- Increasing focus and sustained attention
- Strategies for reducing procrastination and improving self-control
“During the high school and college years and even into their mid-20s, young people are highly focused on mastering classroom knowledge,” said Alec L. Miller, PsyD. Co-Founder & Clinical Director of CBC. “At this age, they’re actually learning how to learn. They’re learning how to manage life as an adult.”
CBC’s summer sessions are facilitated by pioneering mental health practitioners specializing in evidence-based treatments that address a wide variety of issues. Cutting-edge cognitive and behavioral therapy techniques are employed to create, apply, and sustain positive habits. The High School and College groups will run June 25 – August 20 on Mondays from 1 – 2:30pm.
Call Michelle Greenberg at 914-385-1150, option 1 for more information. Classes meet at 1 North Broadway in White Plains, NY.
Dr. Miller said the group format is highly effective in fostering strategies for positive social interactions and academic achievement. “Participants know they’re not alone when they see peers struggling with similar issues. Empathy makes for a more supportive environment.”
Specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, CBC provides clinical and wellness services through custom designed programs for adults, adolescents, children, couples, and families as well as schools, agencies, and businesses. Co-Founder by Drs. Lata K. McGinn and Alec Miller, CBC uses evidence-based approaches to assist individuals with issues ranging from life stress to mild and severe psychological disorders. They have offices in White Plains and Manhattan. More information about the classes can be obtained by calling 914-385-1150 or by visiting https://www.cbc-psychology.com/ .