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College Readiness Groups for Summer 2017

College Readiness Groups are part of our Launching Emerging Adults Program (LEAP) and include:


 -    Assessment of social-interpersonal skills and readiness for independence

 -    Education about anxiety, development, and the transition from home to college life

 -    Skills training in managing difficult emotions and frustrations, assertiveness skills, and problem-solving skills

 -    Role play and real-time practice in handling college situations: doing college interviews, traveling on one’s own, interacting with professors, finding friends on campus, seeking out resources such as tutors and office hours, making appointments and managing health care. The aim of these exposure role plays is to increase the student’s ability to manage these situations independently

 -    Organizational skills and time management

 -    Sleep hygiene training and tips for managing sleep independently


Skills are presented in a group exposure-based approach to reduce anxiety and increase self efficacy and independence in managing anxiety-provoking and developmentally challenging situations through the transition to college/independent living. Exposures are conducted in session but also in the community and real settings where the challenges occur. Faculty from our program serve as role players for these groups.

This group is offered intensive (daily for 1-2 weeks), short term (twice weekly for 5-6 weeks) or longer term (10 weeks) depending upon the individual teen’s needs. Our summer college readiness groups will be available starting in June. Groups are led by senior clinicians at CUCARD.

We welcome active collaboration with current care providers in developing realistic goals and objectives.

Separate parent-young adult "transitions sessions" are offered to promote independence and address family concerns.

Please contact program coordinator, Yael Warach, at 212-342-0951.