The Skilled Student Initiative™ at The Conative Group: FocusWeek is an intensive, group approach created by Dr. Kimberly Harrison in 2013 which helps children and teenagers with executive functioning issues prepare for school. Often nicknamed "boot camp for back to school", FocusWeek is comprised of grade-level groups that meet for 2 hours each day for five consecutive days. Activities vary by age and grade.
FocusWeek 2023 Schedule:
(choose one session date)
Session 1: Monday, July 24 - Friday, July 28, 2023
Session 2: Monday, July 31 - Friday, August 4, 2023
Kristine Habibi, LPC-A and Katherine Esquivel, LPC-A
Katherine Esquivel, LPC-A and Lauren Fink, M.Ed
Lauren Fink, M.Ed and Kristine Habibi, LPC-A
1st - 3rd Grade
4th - 5th Grade
6th - 8th Grade
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Kristine Habibi, LPC-A and Jack Wang, LPC-A
9th - 12th Grade
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Contact us to register your child for FocusWeek 2023 and for more information.
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Planning and organization
1st - 3rd Grade: Led By Kristine Habibi, LPC-A and Katherine Esquivel, LPC-A
This age group uses art and a variety of activities to work on Focusing & Listening, Remembering, Staying Organized, Managing Feelings, Social Skills, and Relaxation.
4th - 5th Grade: Led By Katherine Esquivel, LPC-A and Lauren Fink, M.Ed
Reading for comprehension, listening carefully for details, and organizing schoolwork are important components of older elementary education. At FocusWeek, this age group incorporates a variety of interactive activities to work on Focusing & Listening, Remembering, Staying Organized, Managing Feelings, Social Skills, and Relaxation to help students prepare for necessary next-level study skills.
6th - 8th Grade: Led By Lauren Fink, M.Ed and Kristine Habibi, LPC-A
The challenges of Middle School are addressed through hands-on activities designed to develop skills for planning and organizing, note-taking, reading for complete comprehension, staying on track with multi-step processes, emotion regulation, and more.
9th - 12th Grade: Led By Kristine Habibi LPC-A and Jack Wang, LPC-A
The advanced academic skills needed for success in high school and college are addressed through hands-on activities designed to improve skills for complete independence in planning and organizing, note-taking, reading for complete comprehension, staying on track with multi-step processes, emotion regulation, and more.
THE SKILLED STUDENT INITIATIVE™
FocusWeek is part of a larger project created by Dr. Harrison called The Skilled Student Initiative. This groundbreaking program brings hands-on solutions to entire schools to address challenges associated with executive functioning. Due to a myriad of technological choices available, lack of overarching organizational skills, and differing communication styles, many students have become unprepared for what lies ahead in school and in life.
The Skilled Student Initiative incorporates teachers, parents, and students to help get everyone on the same page, streamline confusing options, and develop strong executive functioning skills.