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Strive and Thrive: Executive Functioning Group for College Readiness (Summer 2022)

Tuesday August 9, 2022

  Jensyn Marquesano, LMSW | 914-385-1150, option 1 |

Strive & Thrive is a highly effective, evidence-based program to help college students rapidly acquire and practice executive functioning skills that are essential for college success. This program is designed for graduating high school seniors who will be starting college in fall 2022 or spring 2023 and current college students who would like to build their knowledge and application of critical executive function skills for life in college and beyond.

This two-day workshop will be run by Dr. Brittney Fallucca, CBC’s Director of Neuropsychological Assessment and Educational Support, and Laura Cyran, a clinician at CBC who specializes in executive functioning skills. The workshop will teach critical skills and provide hands-on skills practice in a group-based format.

What are executive functioning skills?

Executive function skills are the essential self-regulation skills that help individuals accomplish multiple daily tasks and meet life goals. Executive functioning skills help us set goals, plan ways to accomplish our goals, successfully remember, juggle, and focus attention on multiple tasks, navigate and assess our progress along the path to completing the goal, regulate our emotions, and adjust our plans, as necessary. These skills form the mental bridge between an individual’s potential and what they are able to achieve, and in so doing, enable them to meet their potential. Executive function skills are critical for long-term success in academic, occupational, and social domains, yet they are rarely taught in high school.

In the program, students will learn these skills and more:

Organization and planning skills for academic and social success such as:

  • Reading a syllabus
  • Learning how much time to study for each class
  • Creating a study schedule for the whole semester
  • Utilizing college resources such as office hours, tutoring, and the writing center

Academic skills for college such as:

  • Taking college-level notes
  • Creating manageable study and work timelines
  • Writing strategies for college-level papers
  • Study strategies for college exams, midterms and finals

College life skills such as:

  • Developing healthy sleep and eating routines
  • Budgeting and finances
  • Dorm life and navigating roommate challenges

Preparing for CBT strategies for social-emotional success such as:

  • Strategies for overcoming procrastination and test anxiety
  • Learning mindfulness strategies for healthy emotional regulation and stress relief

    Program Format:
    The in-person option will run on Aug. 9 & 10 at the While Plains Office from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    The virtual option will run Aug. 11 & 12 on zoom from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    Additional support:
    Students looking for additional 1:1 support beyond the program have the option to sign up for one-on-one virtual executive functioning coaching throughout the fall 2022 and spring 2023 academic semesters. This support will include weekly meetings with one of our clinicians who will coach students to Implement evidence-based executive functioning skills in real time with academic assignments and assessments.