Transitional Services

Student Transition Planning Process

Setting Students Up for Success After They Graduate

Paradigm Therapeutic Day School works with students in the transition planning process to ensure each student is prepared for the next step in their educational journey. We recognize that one of the most important goals of any high school is to graduate each of its students with all the skills and knowledge needed to lead a productive and fulfilled life.

Through a collaboration with Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey, a recognized leader in workforce development, Paradigm Therapeutic Day School’s transition program provides our students with a level of service not typically seen in schools. This innovative program is based on proven school-to-work models and best practices for transition planning that places great emphasis on ensuring that high school students will have sufficient skills to prepare them for competitive employment and/or post-secondary education. Our program is in full compliance with state regulations regarding transition planning.

Program Components:

Job Exploration Counseling: Counseling services include individual and/or group workshops to students to provide information on the following:

  • In-demand occupations
  • Identification of career pathways
  • Educational or other credentialing requirements
  • Industry wage data and experience requirements
  • Administration of career interest inventories:
    • Reading-Free Vocational Interest Inventory
    • Self-Directed Search Interest Inventory
    • Career Planning Activity
    • Learning Styles Inventory

Access to O*Net Interest Profiler and Work Importance Locator to match students’ interests with compatible careers, explore occupations and job outlook related to career interests.

Workplace Readiness Training:  Workplace readiness prepares our students for competitive employment. The instructor uses group exercises, student presentations, technology and other interactive techniques. Through our workplace readiness training students work to:

  • Develop effective communication skills
  • Understand work values and planning for change
  • Understand employer expectations for performance and the “soft skills” necessary for employment
  • Develop self-advocacy skills

The Workplace Readiness Training also provides drivers education and behind the wheel training leading to a driver’s license and referral to NJTIP@Rutgers for travel training.

Work-Based Learning Experience/Internships:  Our Structured Learning Experiences (SLE) and internships provide real-life work experiences and opportunities for students to build marketable skills. Our program offers:

  • Job Shadowing: work site tours and informational interviews to learn about jobs and research employers
  • Job Sampling: job trials/internships at businesses in the community
  • Job Coaching: supports provided onsite at the employer to assist the student with transitioning to the workplace, incorporating techniques to build work skills

Counseling on Enrollment in Post- Secondary Education:  Goodwill will partner with local colleges to provide students with:

  • Counseling and advisement to students and parents about the college application and admission process
  • Assistance with completing the FAFSA
  • Resources and information on the types of academic training needed to succeed in the workplace, and postsecondary opportunities associated with career fields or pathways.

Workshops include:

  • Counseling on higher education and differences and the difference between private/public, community vs. four-year institutions
  • Transition from High School to College
  • Majors/Degrees (areas of interest) and non-credit programs
  • Overview of local programs and schools
  • General application requirements: SATs, High School Diploma, College Placement tests, etc.
  • Financial Aid Counseling: FAFSA, Grants, and Scholarships,
  • Introduction to the application process

Goodwill staff assists Paradigm with the referral paperwork required to enroll students in Pre-Employment Transition Services funded through the NJ Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.

It is important to note that while our Transition Services program represents a significant part of our school’s services, it remains fully integrated and supported by our instructional and clinical counseling programs in our continuing effort to provide student-centered education and a full continuum of care.