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Green Hills with Blue Sky


High school is a whole new world.  Is your student ready?

"High School Prep" is an interactive, fun, and educational skill-building workshop that will prepare your student for success.
Register below.

12 hours of group training
(a $1200 value)
3 individual follow-up sessions with student and parent(s) (a $300 value)
Daily snacks (please be sure to let us know about any allergies when you register)
All training materials 


  1. July 26th OR August 2nd (6-7:30p): Mandatory Parent Information Session (required docs will be signed at this mtg) 
  2. August 5-8 daily 9am-12pm:  Workshop
  3. Sept (dates/times to be scheduled): 3 Individual follow-up sessions per student

WHERE: Atrium Counseling Services, 2621 Dryden Rd, Suite 300, Dayton, OH 45439 
WHO:  8th & 9th graders
INSTRUCTORS: Josh Thompson, LPCC and Meredith Montgomery, LPCC-S

Learn more about the content and research behind this workshop below!


Students will learn: 

  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Emotional Intelligence 
  • Organization
  • Planning
  • Time Management
  • Goal Setting
  • Resilience
  • Boundary Setting
  • Healthy Relationship Tools
  • Coping Skills
  • Emotion Regulation
  • Flexibility

About the Program
This workshop gives students the opportunity to learn and practice these skills with their peers.  The content is customized to help students transfer what they learn from the workshop to the classroom.  The above skills can be categorized broadly into 4 categories:

  • Interpersonal Skills: As adolescents prepare to enter high school, they are also entering the developmental period during which they begin to explore and discover their individual identity.  They become more reliant on and influenced by peers and friends.  While this is a great opportunity for young people to grow and develop, it is important for them to be able to communicate with others in an effective and positive manner to promote fulfilling relationships and healthy boundaries.  Interpersonal skills can protect your child from bullying, self-doubt, and peer pressure.  (To learn more about Erikson's Identity vs. Role Confusion Psychosocial Stage of Development, check out these useful resources: Overview of Stages; Identity vs. Role Confusion)
  • Emotional Intelligence:  Emotional Intelligence has been thoroughly researched and shown to be positively correlated to student success.  What that means to you is the greater your child's emotional intelligence, the more likely they will be successful not only in high school but in their personal and professional endeavors beyond high school.  (Here are a few helpful resources, if you'd like to learn more about Emotional Intelligence: Overview of Emotional Intelligence; Ways to Improve your EI (EQ))
  • Resilience: The ability to not only bounce back, but to thrive and flourish in the face of challenges, set-backs, and adversity.  Fostering and teaching attributes such as optimism, confidence, grit, and positive self-value, as well as positive thinking and coping skills will enhance participants' abilities to overcome the many challenges that may be presented while advancing down their academic path.  (Interested in learning more about resilience?  Check out these resources: Overview of Resilience; Ways to Build Resilience).
  • Executive Functioning: Does your teen believe they know everything? Yes.  Do they truly know everything? No!  But research shows the last part of the brain to develop is in charge of our higher thinking.  Skills that let us know what we don't know.  Skills to think before we leap and avoid risky behaviors.  The good news is that teens are also at an ideal developmental phase during which brain plasticity allows these skills to be taught and mastered.  Learning goal setting, impulse control, and flexibility helps us avoid dilemmas when possible and navigate them when necessary.  (More on Executive Functioning: Overview of Executive FunctioningWays to Improve Exec Functioning)

Who are the instructors? 
Josh Thompson, M.S.Ed., LPCC is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor at Atrium Counseling Services and at a Community Mental Health Agency that serves Greene and Montgomery counties.  Josh has worked with children and adolescents for eleven years - in residential and outpatient facilities.  He specializes in developing interactive and challenging educational experiences for students and families.  Josh has developed and taught the content of this workshop over the past four years. Josh has a positive psychology approach that students find encouraging and accessible.

Meredith Montgomery, Ed.D., LPCC-S is a Supervising Professional Clinical Counselor at Atrium Counseling Services and a Counselor Educator at the University of Dayton.  Meredith specializes in how people learn.  She designs courses using concepts from educational psychology (such as knowledge transfer, metacognition, and motivation) to ensure students not only understand what they are learning but are able to retrieve and utilize those skills long after the training is complete.  Meredith has counseled children and families for seven years.  She translates complex concepts into straight-forward, easy to understand, and fun learning experiences. 

Register today.  Seating is very limited!

Registration Options


Cancellations and Refunds
Cancelations received on or before May 31st will be given a full refund.  However, cancelations made between June 1st - June 30th will receive a 75% refund.  Cancelations made between July 1st and July 31st will receive a 50% refund.  Cancelations after August 1st will not receive a refund.  Refunds will be processed through PayPal.  Cancelations must be made in writing to Josh@AtriumTherapy.com. 

Waiting List
We are happy to add your child's name to our waiting list.  If you are interested in being added to the waitlist, a 25% deposit will be required to reserve your spot.  You will be notified as soon as a spot becomes available.  A full refund of your deposit will be given if no spot becomes available.  If a spot becomes available and you decide not to take it, you will not receive a refund of your deposit.

*Additional dates may be offered if significant interest is expressed.
Feel free to contact us with questions:  josh@atriumtherapy.com or 937-825-8975

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