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 2024 Schedule:
Mon. July 29th - Fri. August 2nd
1st - 2nd Gr. Lower Elementary
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Katherine Esquivel, LPC-A & Kristine Habibi, LPC
3rd - 5th Gr. Upper Elementary
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Katherine Esquivel, LPC-A & Lauren F. Shaman, M.Ed
6th - 8th Gr. Middle School
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Lauren F. Shaman, M.Ed & Jack Wang, LPC-A
9th - 12th Gr. High School
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Kristine Habibi, LPC & Jack Wang, LPC-A
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Planning and organization
1st - 3rd Grade (Lower Elementary): Led by Katherine Esquivel, LPC-A and Kristine Habibibi, LPC
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 (Upper Elementary): Led by Katherine Esquivel, LPC-A and Lauren F. Shaman, 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 (Middle School): Led by Lauren F. Shaman, M.Ed and Jack Wang, 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 (High School): Led by Kristine Habibibi, LPC 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.
Who is FocusWeek for?
FocusWeek is for students in 1st - 12th grades who want to become more self-motivated, responsible students
Is FocusWeek only for children diagnosed with ADHD?
Our FocusWeek program helps all types of students, including those with ADHD.
How can FocusWeek help my child?
Currently, many students just go to school but are not skilled students. FocusWeek can help your child by providing tools for success at school and at home.
What do students learn during FocusWeek?
At FocusWeek, students learn to be responsible, organized, and proactive. They learn how to read for comprehension, take better notes, manage time, and study efficiently and effectively.
Is the cost for FocusWeek reimbursable by my insurance?
Insurance reimbursement depends on your policy and coverage. We are an out of network provider and do not process insurance. However, we can provide you with a superbill upon request if you would like to submit it to your insurance company.
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.