Dana Lasek, Ph.D., David Parker, Ph.D, and Valerie Long, Ph.D. are excited to offer a new program at CRG designed to help high school graduates and their parents navigate the transition from high school to adulthood.
What are Gap Year Services?
Gap Year is a combination of services at CRG designed to help high school graduates develop and carry out intentional paths to adulthood. Participants choose one of two tracks:
- Local – The student stays in central Indiana.
- Global – The student spends the year traveling or working around the U.S. or abroad.
Based on research and practices in Europe and the U.S., this is a structured year between high school and college/work that helps participants increase skills, clarify interests and goals, and implement a realistic plan for entering college or the workforce with success.
Who Participates in Gap Year Services?
Participating students need to have graduated from high school. Some participants may already have some college experience. Given whom CRG serves, most participants will have diagnosed disabilities that can impact their learning or social functioning or symptoms of these diagnoses. Typically, participants will be between 18 and 21 years of age.
How Do Gap Year Services Work?
Students will participate in a combination of regular meetings to help them achieve their Gap Year goals. The Program will run from September through April. An initial intake meeting with either Dr. Lasek or Dr. Parker, who are the Gap Year co-leaders, will help identify specific goals students would like to accomplish during their Gap Year. From the initial meeting students will be placed into a track that is specific to their needs: “Local” or “Global”.
What are the Gap Year tracks?
- The first week of each month, the student will participate in a group session led by Dr. Lasek with the other students enrolled in the program. During group sessions, students will discuss and practice the skills successful adults need to thrive.
- During the second week of the month, the student will either participate in a therapy session with Dr. Lasek or a life coaching session with Dr. Parker.
- In the therapy session, the student will focus on ways to strengthen emotional intelligence and to address any personal issues the student may wish to discuss.
- In the life coaching session, the student will work with Dr. Parker to identify and make progress on Gap Year life goals.
- During the third week of the month, the student will meet with whomever they did not meet during week two.
- During the fourth week of each month, the student will work on goals on his or her own.
- In addition, either Dr. Lasek or Dr. Parker will meet with the student and parent(s) twice each semester to discuss progress on goals.
- Global Track students will typically participate in Local Track services in the Fall before traveling/working outside of Indiana or the U.S. in the Spring.
- While traveling, students will have 1 or 2 monthly life coaching sessions with Dr. Parker via GoToMeeting to process their experiences and continue making progress on their long-term goals.
Benefits of Gap Year Services
- Great self-confidence/reduction in anxiety.
- Increased tools for living independently and for taking more personal responsibility.
- Increased knowledge of how to harness talents to achieve important life goals.
- Highly personalized plans for launching college or career plans.
- Support for parents who want to promote autonomy while also minimizing active supervision.
Support Group for Parents
Dr. Valerie Long will run a support group for parents of students in the Gap Year program. Participation in this group is not required, but is highly recommended. This group will meet for a total of 6 sessions.
Meet Our Providers
Dr. Dana Lasek is a Psychologist with over 16 years of experience providing quality therapy. Dr. Lasek utilizes a variety of therapeutic techniques to meet her clients where they are, emotionally and mentally, while supporting their goals. Learn more about Dr. Lasek here.
As a Postsecondary Disability Specialist/ADD and Life Coach, Dr. David Parker provides strategy instruction, self-advocacy training, college search assistance and coaching to high school and college students with learning issues and/or ADHD. Learn more about Dr. Parker here.
Dr. Valerie Long is a Psychologist at CRG and a parent of two college graduates. Learn more about Dr. Long here.
For more information about the Gap Year Services program, or to schedule an appointment with one of our providers, please contact our intake coordinator at (317) 575-9111 extension 2214.
For more information:
* Why Your High School Senior Should Take a Gap Year – http://time.com/97065/gap-year-college/
* Why I Took a Gap Year – http://mitadmissions.org/blogs/entry/why-i-took-a-gap-year
*When Your Child Asks for a Gap Year or to Defer Admission – http://www.petersons.com/college-search/gap-year-parents-advice.aspx