The Students We Serve
Northwest College Support provides truly individualized support for young adults of many walks of life. This often includes students that are stuck at home, have had past college attempts or are leaving other residential or wilderness programs and who require transitional support into the world of college and/or vocational paths. Since we are able to provide single apartment/house living environments, or housing with only 1 or 2 roommates, we are able to provide unique treatment plans and services to a broad array of students at different places in their treatment and school careers. This can be done without the effects that come along with larger milieu environments. Students are challenged with developing cognitive skills, social skills, independent living skills, learning about their own learning style, vocational and world of work skills, self-regulation, and forming healthy relationships.
The primary factors we consider when considering student’s admission into NWCS are:
- A personal motivation towards success
- Personal Accountability
- A willingness to hear feedback
- Openness to receiving support
- Motivation to meet agreed upon goals
- Low average to high intelligence
- Ages 18 to 30
- Ability to maintain personal safety
What are the primary qualities of applicants?
Northwest College Support is passionate about finding the right fit for success. We seek students that have a desire to put forth the effort to make a change in the way they approach college, and their lives. All of our students are here by their choice, and we believe that choice is the most important factor in success.
- Past college attempts
- Autism Spectrum Disorder [Asperger’s]
- Social cognitive deficits
- Failure to Launch
- 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
- Mood Disorders
- Some co-occuring drug and/or alcohol use
- People exiting other residential treatment and needing transitional services
Past College Attempts
Some individuals come to Northwest College Support having previously tried attending college, but have been unsuccessful in completing classes. The reasons for these previous failed attempts may be highly varied. Some individuals start a semester strong, but at some point find following through to be highly difficult. Some individuals become highly anxious or stressed out through the college semester. Northwest College Support provides assistance to these individuals to help them overcome whatever has held them back in the past. Click here for an example of how Northwest College Support may assist a student who has previously been unsuccessful at college. College can be a stressful, and the at very least, a difficult endeavor for most. If unfamiliar social situations, organization, roommates, and living away from family and friends weren’t enough, the pressure of having tried college before having mixed success, can be daunting. Our specialty is working with individuals who have attempted college, but may need supportive structure to transform an attempt into a success.
College Students with Asperger’s or Autism Spectrum Disorders
Individuals with Asperger’s or Autism Spectrum Disorders often struggle with issues related to Executive Functioning, Social Development, and Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). These issues may interfere with an individual’s ability to thrive in a college environment. Click Here for an example of how Northwest College Support could support an individual with these struggles.
Individual Psychotherapy brings a significant benefit to individuals with challenges related to Asperger’s/ ASD. Often, an individual with Asperger’s/ ASD needs help addressing internal issues including rigid thinking, anxiety, self-esteem issues, and motivation. Sometimes an individual with Asperger’s/ ASD feels isolated or lonely, and the therapeutic process helps a student learn to process these emotions. At the same time, other members of the treatment team help the student improve connectedness to others. Our psychotherapists are licensed counselors and social workers with experience in a vast range of psychological, emotional, and behavioral issues. The amount of psychotherapy necessary weekly is determined based on an initial team evaluation, with significant input from students and families. All students are required to work with a psychotherapist at least once per week. Family therapy is also available on a case
College Students with Learning Differences
When an individual with a Learning Disability graduates from high school, his or her learning disability does not magically disappear. We work with individuals with the full range of learning disabilities including reading disabilities, mathematics disabilities, Dyslexia, and Dysgraphia. Click Here for an example of how Northwest College Support can support an individual with Learning Disabilities.
A student with a learning difference can also face challenges in organizing and following through in their day-to-day life. A Life Coach is beneficial in helping students follow through on their schedule or other activities. The amount of Life Coaching recommended is based on the goals and needs of the student. The amount of Life Coaching a student receives is based on a collaborative evaluation, with input from students and families. All students initially are assigned to meet with a Life Coach at least once per week.
College Students with ADHD
Coping with ADHD as an adult college student can be challenging. Tasks such as organization and structuring a day can become a struggle. Additional support through the college experience can be beneficial. To see an example of how Northwest College Support might assist an individual with ADHD.
Forming a relationship with a therapist is important for students with ADHD. It is well documented that students with ADHD can improve the ability to focus and hold attention through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). One of the primary goals of therapist working with a student diagnosed with ADHD is teaching improved ability to focus, control impulsivity, and self-monitor hyperactivity. A student with ADHD may also struggle through life, and may wish to process those struggles. Our therapists are licensed counselors and social workers with experience in a wide range of psychological, emotional, and behavioral issues. The amount of therapy per week necessary is determined based on an initial team evaluation, with significant input from students and families. All students are required to work with a psychotherapist at least once per week. Family therapy is also available on a case by case basis.