Develop and Master Executive Function Strategies-Summer 2018

College Preparatory Summer Program

June 6th-July 29th, 2018

This program is for young adults who are preparing to attend college for the first time or they have had prior unsuccessful attempts attending college. Each student will be individually assessed and an action plan will be developed based on their identified goals, and areas of strengths and challenges.

  • We specialize in coaching students who have executive function and neurodevelopment conditions, such as, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Social Communication Disorder, specific learning differences, as well as mental health factors that impact motivation, such as anxiety and depression.

Tailored curriculum specifically designed to prepare students for Psychology 101 or to take the Credit-by-examination program test (CLEP).

  • The following Universities & Colleges accept CLEP credit for Psychology 101, or equivalent coursework: University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Colorado at Denver, Colorado State University, University of Northern Colorado Greeley & Fort Lewis College.

Experiential learning using university-level curriculum, taught by former college professor and Clinical Director of Academic Services at Collegiate Coaching Services, Nicole Hipp, Psy.D. In addition to lectures, students will receive:

  • Recitation/Laboratory instruction that will take a hands-on approach to the material presented in lectures.
  • Writing Tutor will provide individual instruction for all relevant papers and writing assignments.
  • Hipp will offer office hours weekly to students seeking one-to-one collaboration with the professor. This is also an opportunity to work on self-advocacy abilities and develop confidence when talking to a professor.
  • Academic consultations designed to help students explore majors, resources, and opportunities at their college of choice.

Student Social & Collaboration Opportunities

Recitation/lab, occurring from 1pm-2:30 pm on either Wednesday or Thursday, provides more hands-on instruction, collaboration and socialization with the professor and other students.

A lunch break is provided for both sections from 12pm-1pm on Wednesday or Thursdays.

  • Students are encouraged to decide to bring their lunch and eat with other students, as well as go to lunch at local eateries/restaurants that are walking distance from Collegiate Coaching Services. This is a time to get to know other students.
  • A group project will be assigned to teach and prepare students to develop an awareness and the necessary communication and organization skills required to work with other students to complete a project.
  • Students are encouraged and supported to develop study groups that they engage in outside of class time.

One-on-one coaching sessions with an Executive Function Coach each week.

These sessions will include, but are not limited to:

  • Creating summer session goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-bound (SMART), with a focus on improving executive function skills, like organization, planning, time-management, initiation and following-through.
  • Learning to create a weekly schedule that integrates important due dates/projects into a calendar as well as studying, exercise/physical outlets, social/group commitments, entertainment, etc.
  • Developing a favorable life management routine that includes a good sleep routine, diet, limiting or abstaining from using substances, as well as practicing responsible digital media use.
  • Examining ways to improve ability to cope with constructive criticism; fixed mindset vs growth mindset.

Parent preparation, including three parent seminars facilitated by Dr. Nicole Hipp to provide helpful tools on how to best support their students.

Parent Informational Sessions 

Parents are strongly recommended to attend three ~ one hour informational sessions facilitated by Dr. Nicole Hipp. For those parents who do not live locally, you will be provided with the power point for each informational session.

Introduction to Executive Function Skills and Mindset: June 13th @ 6 pm.

  • Introductions – Get to know each other
  • Review key executive function processes
  • Discuss brain science, motivation and academic success.
  • Review “Mindset”

How to Support Your Young Adult’s Executive Functioning; What to Do and Not do: June 27th at 6 pm.

  • Accountability vs Enabling
  • Become aware of your EF strengths and struggles and how this influences your parenting style.
  • Digital Media Use & Academic Success

“What Comes Next?” July 18th at 6 pm.

  • Empowering Your Young Adult to Succeed in Higher Education.
  • Living at home while attending college vs living independently
  • What is your role in their success?

Program Review & Recommendation Meeting; Occurs after the course is completed

  • To include the student, parent(s), executive function coach and Dr. Hipp.
  • The student and parents will be provided with a summary of the student’s performance in the class and program as a whole.
  • Recommendations for next steps will occur, which includes the areas of; Academics/engagement in further college courses, supporting executive function development, resources to engage in for success, and more.


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