Advisors also work individually with students on tasks such as goal setting, self-assessment, building self-advocacy skills and dealing with day-to-day issues. Strong relationships are created and advisors build a foundation of trust with students and their families.
Student advisors oversee the development of each student’s individual plan and are responsible for coordinating progress reports and maintaining communication with other CIP departments.
Person-Centered Planning (PCP)
The Person-Centered Plan is a unique self-exploration and assessment tool that provides each student an opportunity to conceptualize his or her short and long-term goals in a visual, creative process. Using multimedia tools, each student creates a personal presentation. Students begin working on their projects upon enrollment at CIP and continually refine them throughout the year, understanding that achieving goals requires instruction, practice and reinforcement.
PCPs focus on objectives that encompass CIP’s curriculum. An understanding of each student’s special interests allows CIP staff to help develop realistic goals which can be visually tracked and modified over time. The PCP is one of many tools CIP uses to help students build competencies and adapt to new environments, ensuring they will have the skills they need to be successful independent adults.
Banking & Budgeting
Advisors can help teach students practical money management skills such as banking and budgeting and paying their monthly bills. Their monthly expenses are balanced between groceries, transportation and personal spending. Advisors assist with balancing needs versus wants and learning how to save for future purchases.
Transition counseling assists students with planning and preparing for their transition to the next pivotal step after CIP. Whether it’s living independently, employment, or transferring to another college or career program, the advisor works closely with students and their families to create a plan for future success.