CollegeCountdown helps students develop the soft skills needed to excel in the next phase of life!
Open to high school juniors and seniors in Delaware and Morrow Counties.
College presents challenges that many academically strong students are not equipped to handle, such as disputes with roommates, seemingly insurmountable schedules and just adapting to a new environment while navigating life’s uncertainties. Make sure you are prepared for what’s next.
Learn about soft skills and why they are important.
Increase your flexibility, communication, and problem-solving skills.
Discuss mental health and learn healthy coping skills for the upcoming school year.
The traditional 2019-2020 school year seemed to end abruptly for students, teachers and school administrators, as learning, socialization and important events moved online. Syntero quickly implemented Telehealth services to continue its School-Based Programs for students in Franklin, Delaware and Morrow Counties, and also provided innovative education and support via a parent-focus podcast miniseries, virtual workshops to help youth and parents become more cybersavvy and easily accessible videos with tips from Syntero clinicians to help students, parents and school administrators cope with our new normal and thrive in the ever-changing environment.
This fall, students, parents and school administrators continue to deal with stress from merely living during the pandemic while adjusting to new learning models, as well as grieving the school year as they once envisioned it. Whether attending virtually, in person or through a hybrid model, the start of the school year looks different for most. What remains the same is the unwavering commitment by school district and Syntero staff alike in striving to meet the needs of students and families in the most effective and safe manner possible.
LGBTQ+ individuals are more than twice as likely as heterosexual men and women to have a mental health disorder in their lifetime. They are also 2.5 times more likely to experience depression, anxiety, and substance misuse compared with heterosexual individuals, according to the American Psychiatric Association. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated this situation, as many members of LGBTQ+ community, especially LGBTQ youth, have experienced increased poor mental health outcomes due the added stress of the COVID-19 pandemic and social unrest.
Syntero is pleased to announce that the Celebrate You support group, which provides support for LGBTQ+ youth ages 13-18, is accepting new clients. The free group explores and celebrates LGBTQ+ identity in its entirety, builds self-esteem, emotional knowledge and recognizes personal strengths while building solid connections with peers. This is a pro-social inclusive space for ALL and everyone is welcome! The group is currently meeting virtually and accepting new clients. For more information, please contact Jordan Allen, MSW, LSW, at 614.706.1546.
The group meets every first and third Monday from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM.
College presents challenges that many academically strong students are not equipped to handle, such as disputes with roommates, seemingly insurmountable schedules and just adapting to a new environment. Additionally, the recent global pandemic has added a level of uncertainty for both parents and students. In July, Syntero offered a condensed version of the new CollegeCountdown program for college-bound high school graduates. Through the eight-week CollegeCountdown course, Syntero clinicians assist students in developing the soft skills needed to excel in the next phase of life.
CollegeCountdown helps students learn about soft skills and why they are important, while helping them to increase their flexibility, communication and problem-solving skills. The course also includes
Our world is rapidly changing and technology is changing even faster! While many middle school and high school-aged youth are tech-savvy, they still need help navigating the cyber world and making responsible choices to keep themselves and their information safe. Promoting children’s safety and encouraging healthy boundaries in the cyber world can also be overwhelming for parents, guardians and grandparents. Join Syntero’s virtual Cyber Savvy Workshop to gain practical tips for the whole family:
Benefits and risks of youth engaging with technology
Developmental considerations and impact of excessive technology use
Enjoying technology through responsible digital citizenship
Communication around boundaries and expectations for safe technology use
Syntero’s newest group, Bright Futures for Families (BFF), provides support to youth ages of 12-18 who have been impacted by someone else’s substance use—a parent, sibling, or other significant person. BFF is a safe space for youth to share their emotions, gain understanding of what a substance use disorder is, and learn skills to express themselves and cope with the stressor in a healthy way. Syntero is able to provide this group through funding from ADAMH of Franklin County. For more information or to make a referral, please contact Syntero Substance Use Prevention Specialist Amanda Niedermeyer.