You Can Thrive at College. We Can Help.

At Northwest College Support, we generate positive life changes for struggling college students and young adults. Our educational-therapeutic transition program helps young adults to make positive choices and live healthy, independent lives. Northwest College Support is a young adult transition program serving families and young adults from all over the United States and the world. Located in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Northwest College Support goes beyond traditional young adult transition by creating positive changes and cultivating sustainable independent adult life within a clinically-informed and adaptive environment.

Services

  • Individual Psychotherapy
  • Individual Educational Coaching
  • Life Skills Training
  • Furnished College Apartment and Home Living
  • Nutritional Education
  • Fitness Coaching
  • Parent Education
  • Therapeutic groups
  • Recreational group activities
  • Vocational support
  • Equine Therapy
  • Academic Planning
  • Independent Living Support
  • Tutoring
  • Student Internships
  • Psychoeducational Assessments

Please take a look at Our Services section for a more details.

Students we Serve

  • Past college attempts
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (High Functioning Asperger’s)
  • Social cognitive deficits
  • Attention Deficit Disorder / ADHD
  • Learning differences
  • Communication deficits
  • Executive function challenges
  • Learning disorders including low processing speed and low working memory
  • Non-Verbal Learning Disorder (NLD)
  • Social isolation
  • Video game and Internet Addiction
  • Low self-esteem
  • Anxiety
  • Mood Disorders
  • Depression
  • Some co-occuring drug and/or alcohol use
  • People exiting other residential treatment and needing transitional services

Our Mission

At NWCS, we collectively commit to succeed at multiple bottom lines. We commit to provide exceptional value, compassionate support, ongoing evaluation and professional expertise to every individual. We see our students as unique individuals, and success comes from creatively enriching the whole person. We honor individual diversity and development by providing the most dynamic, innovative, and adaptive support services possible.

β€œHe was treated as independent and responsible. That is not to say there was no support and he was not watched over. There was probably much more individually focused support.”

~ NWCS Parent

“The students are put in a challenging environment and are pushed and expected to do more, to be in the world, to be independent.  And as they succeed, even with some failures, their strength, capacity and skills increase.”

NWCS Parent

“This is a great program with very supportive, caring, friendly, wise, helpful staff members. They truly care about the students and are there to support in any and all ways they can, albeit they don’t enable or rescue, which is awesome. I’ve been here for 2 1/2 months now and one of the first things I noticed when I arrived was how much my team believed (and still believes) in me. They help me see how capable I am by empowering me to do the things I don’t think I can do and by supporting me when I fall into a cycle of shame or self-doubt.
All in all, I think this is a really great program, especially for those like me who are stepping down from a higher level of care. The rules set in place aren’t the exact same for everyone, which is another plus in my mind. People come here with different backgrounds and struggles and I think tailoring the expectations to fit each person is beneficial. If you’re looking into coming to this program, it’s important to know that in order to benefit from being here, you have to be willing to put in work and follow the few rules that are set in place. I would definitely recommend checking out this program, as I have benefited a lot from being here!” NWCS Student

Our Program

Because no two individuals are the same, no two NWCS student plans will look the same. Each program is tailor made for the individual’s needs. One student may need heavy educational support while another student may need assistance navigating life on their own within the community. Rather than forcing a student to conform to a prearranged schedule or program, we collaborate with the student on a unique program that fits their individual passions, goals, and needs. We believe that people are complex and that true changes comes as we address the needs of the whole person – emotional, physical, and intellectual.

Dan Hanks

Dan Hanks

Program Director

Traci Stluka

Traci Stluka

Admissions Director

Darlene Pessien

Darlene Pessien

Therapist

Jenell Nielsen

Jenell Nielsen

Operations Manager

Adam Parker

Adam Parker

Administrative Director

Jamie Jackson

Jamie Jackson

Education Manager

Julie Krapfl

Julie Krapfl

Therapist

Ashley Torgerson

Ashley Torgerson

Therapist

Nadine Lewis

Nadine Lewis

Therapist

Conor Kenna

Conor Kenna

Student Life Manager

Ryan McMiller

Ryan McMiller

Therapist

Savannah Blinn

Savannah Blinn

Education Coach

Northwest College Support

Northwest College Support 211 Coeur D Alene Avenue, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814, USA

NWCS University of Idaho

NWCS University of Idaho University of Idaho, 709 South Deakin Street, Moscow, ID 83844, USA