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CoreBrain Makes A Serious Point: College Transitions Need Attention

The college guy in this picture is smiling, and being brave about it. Mom is having a hard time. Mom is closer to the truth in 2012 – because college just isn't all roses any more. There are no guarantees.

He, as most leaving for college, wants his parents to feel proud, and not to worry – “I'll be alright.” But in my offices over the many years of watching this passing scene crank up every May, and you know what I'm going to say, it gets very busy at our psych offices. May is one of our busiest months. Transition  complications abound.

It Ain't Easy

Too often transition to college isn't pretty or easy. College transition contains serious pitfalls for everyone, as the rules of employment, the rules of relationships, and the basic web of dream-making is so different than it was even in the 90's.  College prep clearly isn't college prep in this current context of real obstacles in those former well dredged channels. Old navigation maps often don't work in these dark waters after several economic storms.

Many families now protect their children even more from inevitable change, and when that college change happens the entire system can crack, – and that crack often marks the deterioration of their beloved adolescent who freezes while looking down the road of days and those times ahead. Future shock can paralyze even those with the best academic records in high school. [Download this interesting digital book by Seth Godin on this same topic What Matters Now.]

Leaving Home

We all had to leave, but national statistics show that far too many college bound folks just aren't up to the task of college and life transition. They may wish for it, but they can't do it. They don't get married, they hang at home, they don't work, they remain stuck at some level of innocence and not coping with reality, much to the dismay of aging parents who hoped for some freedom in later years. Mostly men [18.6% – almost 1 in 5!] show the problem as 1.4 million [!] more guys ages 25-34 are living at home in 2011 since 2007 – a 4.4% increase [women remained quite steady at 10% but that's still 1 in 10 who just can't grow up and cope!]. The numbers are big, and we've all seen this phenomenon, even with families close to us.

Why The Problem Increase Now

But why is that change such a problem now?  It's about common sense, self-reliance, and the increasing complexity of our daily reality. If you aren't thinking, if you aren't trained to think critically [as I've been advocating for years] you can rapidly find yourself awash in a maelstrom of psychobabble and mind games. Yes, most current psychiatric therapies manifest as neo-Freudian passive mind games that let the client drift in frets and failure, rather than problem-solving, or the use of active coaching to move forward. Passive listening is the most prevalent psych game, fiddling while Rome burns.

Mental health practice as an overall process often appears to not-know-what-to-do about college transition. 😕

I see this infuriating game played out everyday from second and third opinions in my office from all over the country where those practicing psychiatry and “mental health” appear, from detailed patient reports, to seek some kind of arcane transference interpretation in once a week psychotherapy. The patient is lost for years tasked with chasing internal answers, while obvious reality challenges receive not a single moment of insightful attention. The dream of deep analysis appears to lead to a pervasive denial, at least a dismissive view, of reality. The pain of real topic-neglect is pervasive, and regularly difficult to watch.

ADHD Unrecognized Or Unmanaged

As a recognized national authority on matters associated with ADHD recognition and ADHD medical treatment I can report with considerable certainty that these moments of ADHD college transition become especially challenging. If, on the one hand, you have ADHD and it escaped recognition based upon insufficient diagnostic criteria at play in your home town, transition to college becomes precarious.  On the other hand, transition to college creates even more vulnerability for someone already treated for ADHD in HS who remains ambivalent about medical treatment, negative about being told what to do, mercurial about meds, doesn't like the doctor,  and lives in the throws of “I'm an adult/18 and don't need anyone.”

Our extensive experience with ADHD treatment and management addresses all of those concerns in the T2CC or the T2CH Programs. Our requisite goal of self reliance matches those student wishes every time.

You Won't Need A Shrink If You Develop A Solid Plan

In fact Transition to College often becomes completely overwhelming if you don't have a plan –  a plan that can work every day. Just raising them right often isn't sufficient nowadays, as the real world variables have increased measurably. Doing “what comes naturally” just isn't as effective as in the past – and I've repeatedly seen this unhappy deterioration in the most educated, the most balanced and loving families.

Love often doesn't cover reality.

May Mysteries

Transition pressures that Junior year of High School herald one of the worst times in psych office for academic alerts: must-see-you-right-now-we-have-a-big-problem! May is crunch time in the real world, the seasons are changing, and migration-thinking begins to stalk those families in departure denial. I can't guess the specific numbers,  but from this May to next May the urgency most often comes in our offices either from high school seniors who “don't know what they're doing to do,” or college folks who turn inside out and become depressed without internalized college maps that freshman year away.

But honestly, is all that concern enough to push someone to consult a shrink, even before leaving home? What could a shrink do – meds, psychobabble? Not my kid, thank you, that's not what my successful adolescent needs. Let's face it, they really don't have an “emotional problem” – so just what do they need?

A Workable Answer For Those Last Years in High School

Yes, you did get it –  I am not for deep psychoanalysis in these matters of adjustment to change. I don't think the Oedipus complex will help that guy find a job, or do well in school without clear objectives. I do think that if we start in High School with a plan, a viable, reality based Real Life college-preparation program, we can help those budding students, help those smiling faces, manage their realities more effectively. I wish they had this program for me when I was a kid, I certainly could have used it!

CoreBrain T2CC and T2CH | Transition to College Programs | C=College, H=High School

I put these two programs together

because I know our team can make them work for any college bound kids out there – wherever they live – even in Possum Hollow, NC.  These programs are coaching based – not counselingcustomized planning and training, not do-you-love-your-mother? CoreBrain Transition to College Programs provide maps, real plans to deliver the best reality training in the most effective doses – through short videos, real structure, hands on dialogue, and easily digested real discussions on a team learning basis.

Since I trained as a coach with Ben Dean at the MentorCoach group [~2002] I've witnessed and participated in the real value of coaching on many levels.  Further my months of Mediation Training in early 2000 added a perspective on the value of peer mediation, conflict resolution with peers as mediators, – with the idea that students could take those skills to the bank as adults. Critical thinking and problem solving, balanced living in practice, can all work together.

T2CH Details For Transition to College – Junior & Senior Year in HS ——-

This is the link for The Transition to College Program for High School –>  T2CH Details 

These  are just some of the many details we will cover that simply are not addressed elsewhere:

  1. A built in, professionally managed encouragement and structural system to manage those last 2 yrs
  2. Selecting your best college for you
  3. Evolved relationship management, setting appropriate boundaries
  4. How: going from some structure to almost no structure
  5. Setting and abiding by a structure you’ve created for yourself
  6. How to structure your time to get the work done using CoreBrain
  7. Working with your own schedule virtually
  8. Dating – shopping for the best partner
  9. How to avoid becoming a relationship junkie – how to stand alone
  10. What girls think about guys
  11. What guys think about girls
  12. Sex – details on protected sex [remember this is anonymous] STDs
  13. Drugs – details on weed, coke, pills [anonymity rules]
  14. Choosing your major, knowing who you are
  15. Sports in college and working your own program to make it academically
  16. Vacations with peers, benefits and pitfalls
  17. Dealing with parental controls in a respectful manner
  18. Boundary recognition and tools for self management that work
  19. Negotiation strategies and peer counseling
  20. For those taking meds: Taking ADHD stimulant meds at home and at college
  21. How to transition your doc from home to college
  22. How to use meds correctly in the first place
  23. How to understand problems when any meds don’t work
  24. All of this arrives at your desktop as a virtual program, – go to the link above for details.

T2CC Details For The Freshman Year ——————–

This is the link for the Transition Program for Freshman in College, (another post soon on that topic) –> T2CC Details

No, we didn't forget you seniors graduating – think facebook to the 10th power – anonymous group coaching routines that will help you successfully transition to the real world – we can't do it for you, but we seriously can help you do it for yourself, more efficiently, more effectively than you ever did in HS with groups built from all over the world.  Let's work together! Read that link and sign up for updates… no obligation.

More soon!



  1. Rogercparker says:

    Dear Dr. Parker:I hope this blog post gets the exposure and readership it deserves; I wish this type of transitional and ADHD information had been available when I went to college; it would have avoided a lot of unnecessary frustration, pain, and lost opportunities.
    This is the type of information that every high school and college guidance counselor should be aware of, so that problems can be avoided instead of treated.
    Best wishes on your success
    Roger C. Parker (no relation)

    •  @Rogercparker Thanks so much Roger, coming from a high level pro such as yourself is a serious compliment – I admire your work, appreciate the time we had together with your coaching on my book project: ADHD Med Rules, your deep experience with writing and publishing proved exceedingly useful. 

  2. loknar28 says:

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  3. mghcoach4add says:

    Congratulations!  SO sorry to change the subject, but have you heard the news that you (and I!!) have been recognized as two of the 2012 Top 20 ADD/ADHD Blogs on the net?  Hoo Hah!
    Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CMC, SCAC, MCC – (blogging at ADDandSoMuchMore and ADDerWorld – dot com!) “It takes a village to educate a world!”

    •  @mghcoach4add And a big Hoo Hah back for your making it to the top 20 as well! Two? Oh yeah… 😉 You are doing such a great job over at SoMuchMore, congrats back at  you!

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