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Student Success Programming

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Caron Pennsylvania and Caron Renaissance in Florida

Highlights of Student Success Programming

Caron has worked with teens and young adults for over four decades, and we have learned that without support and guidance, navigating continued education can be difficult for them, especially during treatment or in their post-recovery lives.

Caron’s Student Success Programming at Caron Pennsylvania and Caron Renaissance in Florida offers critical educational services and support to focus and motivate teens and young adults to achieve their academic goals.

For High School Students

On-site Classroom at Caron Pennsylvania

Through Caron’s partnership with an educational provider and in alliance with patients’ home schools, patients are able to continue their schoolwork while in treatment, which allows them to maintain their academic status and return to their classes when treatment is completed. A credentialed teacher oversees patients as they work on their school assignments, and communicates with schools, parents, and the patient’s clinical team as needed.

Student Success Coaching at Caron Pennsylvania and Caron Renaissance in Florida

The goal of this optional service is to provide support and guidance for students to succeed both academically and in their recovery, creating a life that sets them up to meet their personal and educational goals. A cadre of dedicated coaches provides specialized expertise in recovery-informed academic support and educational planning through weekly meetings. With a wealth of experience in the education and addiction treatment fields, they guide and support teens, young adults, and their parents.

Academic Goals

  • Assess the student’s academic record in order to create a roadmap that will guide his/her progress toward meeting academic and recovery goals.
  • Provide academic coaching that supports students in improving and/or maintaining strong academic performance.
  • Assist students in navigating ancillary education tasks such as course registration, medical or personal withdrawals, special needs advocacy, etc.

Recovery Goals

  • Help students structure an academic schedule that supports their recovery plan.
  • Guide students to an understanding of the need for balance between being a successful student and a successful person in early recovery and define what that balance looks like for them.
  • Find on- and off-campus recovery-based and mental health resources.
  • Collaborate with student’s treatment providers and counselors in order to ensure the student is continuing to meet his/her treatment goals.

Educational Goals

  • Provide students with information about college fairs, assist with arranging college and school visits, and coach students so they can make a favorable impression and maximize the benefits of the tours and visits.
  • Help students prep for tests such as the SAT, GED, GMAT, and LSAT.
  • Guide students in developing college application strategies that will successfully position them to be favorably considered.
  • Work with students to create a resume in preparation for the college application process.

During Treatment

While students are in treatment, their Student Success coach is their liaison to their home school, keeping teachers and guidance counselors up to date on their needs and progress. Weekly conversations enable the student and Student Success coach to partner with the therapist to ensure that their scholastic goals align with their overall recovery plan.

Post-Treatment

Student Success coaches can continue to work with students in their post-treatment lives through weekly phone/video calls. The Student Success coach helps them to successfully integrate back into the academic environment, whether at their original school, a new school, or some other educational provider. The Student Success coach also works with the student to create a successful, rewarding life in recovery and meet the challenges those new to recovery often face. The Student Success coach continues to act as a liaison working collaboratively with school staff to stay up to date on the student’s academic progress and needs.

Student Success Program at Caron Outpatient Treatment Center

The optional post-treatment Student Success Program at Caron Outpatient Treatment Center in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, builds a firm foundation for creating a healthy life in recovery that includes working toward a teen’s academic goals while also helping build their daily life skills. Students in this program participate in clinically indicated outpatient treatment services provided by Caron Outpatient Treatment Center and billable to most insurance plans, as well as reside in a structured transitional living environment operated by a third-party, recognized residence provider. Students can also benefit from the optional additional support of Student Success coaches, who meet individually with students weekly to help them:

  • Build accountability associated with meeting educational goals (i.e., grade and attendance monitoring).
  • Manage their time effectively.
  • Set goals.
  • Create and follow a recovery-informed academic plan.
  • Draft a best-fit college list and conceptualize an admissions strategy that incorporates recovery-informed services.
  • Evaluate whether reasonable accommodations and/or retroactive withdrawals/medical leaves are a good option.

The non-clinical support program requires a 90-day commitment, which can be extended for customized recovery-oriented educational support. Financial assistance for qualified individuals is available for non-clinical services.

For Post-High School Young Adults and College Students

Student Success Coaching at Caron Pennsylvania and Caron Renaissance

During Treatment

Through this optional service, Caron’s trained, knowledgeable Student Success coaches help high school graduates and current college students create a plan to work toward their educational and personal goals. Using the results of educational assessments and an evaluation of the student’s academic history as well as school records, the Student Success coach meets weekly with the young adult to plan for his/her post-treatment life. This planning includes coordinating tasks, such as, for example, helping the young adult explore the pros and cons of medical leave vs. taking an incomplete.

With approval from the young adult, the Student Success coach will also communicate with parents and school staff when appropriate while the young adult is in treatment, both to keep them updated on the young adult’s progress in the Student Success Program and to get information as needed.

By engaging with the young adult to uncover their goals, fears, and motivations, the Student Success coach helps them better understand what they need to do to move forward. For example, Student Success coaches work with young adults to identify best-fit colleges and help navigate the application process that positions students in recovery as an asset to the schools. They assist the young adult to create sober supports that will provide a solid foundation while they are in school, from sober housing to AA or similar recovery support groups.

Post-Treatment Coaching

Student Success coaching is available to all young adults when they leave treatment, whether they were working with a Student Success coach while in treatment or not. Meeting with young adults and parents via phone/video calls, Student Success coaches help them:

  • Build accountability associated with meeting educational goals (i.e., grade and attendance monitoring).
  • Manage their time effectively.
  • Set goals.
  • Create and follow a recovery-informed academic plan.
  • Draft a best-fit college list and conceptualize an admissions strategy that incorporates recovery-informed services.
  • Evaluate whether reasonable accommodations and/or retroactive withdrawals/medical leaves are a good option.

Sober Dorm Program at Caron Renaissance

The Sober Dorm Program at Caron Renaissance, located on its Florida campus, offers an alternative for students who want the structure and services of off-campus recovery-supportive housing. The program helps foster a safe collegiate recovery environment of like-minded individuals working together daily to practice the principles of recovery and abstain from using drugs and alcohol. An academic liaison is available and serves as an advocate to help students clarify, define, and reach their academic goals and will work collaboratively with the student and the school to further support the student’s needs. Clinical services include:

  • Weekly one-on-one meetings with the program counselors.
  • Family calls with the program counselors.
  • Weekly sober dorm meeting.
  • On-site resident advisor.
  • Clinical services and oversight.

As an additional component to the Sober Dorm Program at Caron Renaissance, we have developed a division of care that focuses on supporting individuals who are 18 years and older pursue and complete their high school degree. We provide them with a social network of like-minded individuals going through similar experiences to allow for greater peer support, and partner them with Caron Renaissance clinicians who specialize in supporting this particular population by motivating students to truly see their potential and future opportunities through the following mechanisms:

  • Build accountability associated with meeting educational goals (i.e., grade and attendance monitoring, managing time).
  • Set goals and create and follow a recovery-informed academic plan.
  • Evaluate whether reasonable accommodations and/or retroactive withdrawals/medical leaves are a good option.
  • Establish a therapeutic alliance with one's respective high school and/or educational provider who will be issuing the high school diploma.
  • Draft a best-fit college list and conceptualize an admissions strategy that incorporates recovery-informed services.

Semester of Support Program

The Semester of Support Program alleviates the isolation and uncertainty created by the pandemic and strengthens coping skills, responsibility, social skills, and independence with a tailored program to meet students’ mental health needs, attend to any substance use disorders if applicable, provide academic/vocational experiences and guidance, and expand their future potential. While continuing to take courses at their home institution, students will receive clinical support in a safe and supportive cohort setting while residing in Caron Renaissance’s recovery-supportive housing in Florida.

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