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Workshop Information

Traditional Pathway (Middletown campus)

The Traditional BRIDGES Pathway offers a diverse and dynamic curriculum geared toward individual student success. The program is designed as a three year program incorporating functional academics, independent living, employment and social/leisure skills with the goal of producing self-sufficient young adults.  Below is an overview of all workshops offered followed by descriptions of workshops at each level.  

Pathway to Independence (Newburgh campus)

Stress Management Skills I & II

In this workshop students will participate in a variety of activities that foster stress reduction.

They will explore a mixture of tools and techniques to assist them in independently managing everyday life stressors.

Stress Management Lab I & II

In Stress Management Lab, students engage in various activities related to the many topics explored in stress management skills. This includes movement-based activities that explore concepts related to exercise, music and other aspects of wellness as stress management tools. 

Work Readiness Skills I & II

Work Readiness Skills is a workshop where students are taught an array of applicable skills that relate to the job strands in the work readiness lab. Both hard and soft skills are addressed such as time management and workplace communication, among others. 

Work Readiness Lab I & II

The Work Readiness Lab is a fully hands-on workplace simulation workshop where students learn and practice skills related to a variety of common industry areas. Some examples include: food services, hospitality, retail and manufacturing among others. Students are taught various job tasks related to each area and then practice these skills with the goal of increasing their employability. 

Social Skills I & II

The focus of this workshop is to teach students about a range of different social skills to increase their functional communication both personally and professionally. Topics include: initiating conversation, friendship building, professional communication and self-advocacy, among others. 

Social Skills Lab I & II

In Social Skills Lab, students practice using various social skills through applied activities. Students engage in social communication with instructors, peers and mentors in a mixture of settings that are specifically designed to foster skill development in a specific area. The goal for social skills lab is to increase students’ social independence.

Living Skills I & II

Living Skills is a workshop where students are introduced to a variety of concepts that are important to everyday living. Topics include: health and nutrition, home safety, household management and money management, among many others. The emphasis is on increasing independence with functional tasks related to a range of living skills.

Living Skills Lab I & II

This lab provides students with the opportunity to practice implementing the living skills being taught. Students engage in hands-on, activity-based learning, often facilitated in rotating stations, where they have the opportunity to independently engage in various functional tasks. These often require the use of problem solving skills, sequencing, planning and prioritizing. 

Leisure Skills Lab I & II

Students are introduced to an assortment of activities that foster the promotion of alternative ways to structure their free time. Several topic areas are discussed and explored such as: art, travel, music, sports and games, among others. Students are shown and experience the value of exploring the use of these types of skills in place of less efficient ways to fill their free time.