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
Syntero has been named a Top Work Place by Columbus CEO! The prestigious designation is based on surveys used to discern employees’ attitudes and experiences in the workplace. Syntero ranked 12th in Central Ohio among midsize employers. Syntero was also named a Top Work Place in 2018.
Syntero CEO Julie Erwin Rinaldi, M.Ed., was recently featured on the panel of the Franklin County Board of Commissioners’ Commissioner Conversations: Coping with the Stress Through COVID-19. Rinaldi and other leading, local experts came together virtually to talk about mental health and substance use during the crisis and to answer questions from community members.
“We’ve been talking a lot about ‘we’re in the same storm, but we’re not in the same boat.’ We recognize not everybody that we’re working with and also our employees and the folks in our community are not having the same experiences,” Rinaldi said.
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.
Starting Friday, June 12, Syntero’s Parenting Podcast Miniseries will provide parents with tips they can use to reconnect with their children and help them make healthy choices as they navigate through life.
June 12: How to Identify Mental Health Concerns in Your Child featuring School-Based Clinician Kelly Dainton
June 26: How to Much Is Too Much? Excessive Screen Time and Gaming featuring School-Based Clinician Mel Marrah
July 10: Discussing Healthy Choices, Consent and Other Important Topics with Your Child featuring Healthy Bodies Healthy Futures Prevention Educators Ashley Miller and Julie Doucet
July 24: How to Creatively Engage Your Kids/Teens featuring School Prevention Coordinator Sarah Perry