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EDGE Learning and Wellness Collegiate Community, a transitional living program for students aged 18-24 and located in downtown Chicago, has added an 8 week Executive Functioning (EF) skills workshop series to their weekly programming. EF skills are defined as mental flexibility, self-regulation or self-control, and working memory. EF skills manifest in young adults as the ability to initiate tasks, adequately plan and prioritize tasks and information, to comfortably shift between tasks and pivot when something does not go according to plan, stay organized, and to monitor themselves.
During the workshop series, students will learn to define EF skills, classify individual strengths and needs using EF language, explain how EF skills develop and potential barriers to development, evaluate EF skills others possess in order to determine how they might be able to fit into their own routines and practices, and create small scaffolded EF goals that align with individual long-term goals. The workshop series utilizes journaling at the beginning and end of each session. Each week has a focus from “The Role of Technology” to “Embracing the Gray and Winding Path”.
Students begin each session reflecting on past experiences through open-ended questioning or evaluating a statement from relevant news article. Throughout the sessions, different articles and media are used to add dimension and relevance. Media ranges from Ted Talks to clips from Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child. Each session compounds on the information from the last session. Each session ends with students setting a small goal or completing a small task, each achievable within a week, and sharing with the group at the beginning of the next session.
About EDGE Learning and Wellness Collegiate Community
EDGE Learning and Wellness Collegiate Community is an accredited transitional living program located in Chicago, IL. EDGE offers therapeutically supported residential and non-residential options for post-treatment young adults. The participants, ages 18 -24, are striving to excel academically, while creating a life of balance, joy and wellness.