Summer COPES

June 11 – July 20, 2018
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
9:00 – 11:30 AM

The Turning Pointe Career College summer C.O.P.E.S.™ course encompasses a set of “must haves” that are embedded into every facet of the Turning Pointe approach. This course is hands-on and interactive with small group projects and whole group discussions.

Our students learn to identify their needs, set goals and develop skills in the following areas:

Positive Behavior Supports
Emotional Regulation
Social Skills & Sensory Needs

This course is designed to meet the needs of those who:

  • Struggle to find purpose
  • Want to identify roadblocks to employment
  • Desire to learn skills to manage everyday life
  • Feel isolated and want to learn skills to create meaningful relationships
  • Need help managing change
  • Have a desire to live independently and need to develop skills to support that independence
  • Can manage independently in a group setting

Detailed Course Description

This course is designed to be interactive with group work and hands on activities. Students will complete the course with a portfolio of goals and resources that will help them on the next steps of their life journey. Students will explore their communication strengths and challenges while working in teams, develop problem solving skills, and role play conflict resolution scenarios.

Learning Objectives
    By the end of this course, students will have a basic understanding of:

  • The need for effective communication skills
  • Time management/organization
  • Positive behavior supports
  • Strategies for dealing with emotions
  • Causes of individual stress and anxiety
  • Socializing with others
  • Sensory integration/stimulus recognition
  • Strategies for social skills acquisition
Teaching Methods

During a typical class period, instructors will lecture for short segments (<15 minutes) with time for discussion, working problems, demonstrations, experiments, or computer projects in between. Students will work problems in class with guidance from instructors.

    Students can expect instructors to:

  • Plan the course AND alter that plan as needed. We believe the best curriculum comes from the student. That means that we will take advantage of unforeseen events that capture our interest, and then juggle the class topics as necessary.
  • Give feedback – both written and oral. We take the assignments in this class seriously, and have made giving feedback a top priority.
  • Bring our expertise into the classroom. This includes many years of formal study, professional experience and development, and stories from real life. We believe that we can learn through stories. (You, too, are encouraged to bring stories to class to stimulate discussion.)
  • Be patient when you are struggling with ideas. To us, the struggle reveals that learning is taking place.
  • Provide clarity when the struggle gets too strong.
  • Be open about options. We think it’s great when students bring ideas of how to form a class session or perhaps request a topic.
  • Treat you as adult learners, with the related style of respect.
    Instructors expect students to:

  • Participate in class, which includes both speaking up and listening.
  • Appropriate speaking, acting, and interaction with other students and instructors.
  • Effort to make this class your own. In other words, what will you do to foster your learning?
  • Completion of assignments – including the reading.
  • Honesty. We will ask you many questions throughout the course. “I don’t care” and “I don’t want to answer that question” are not acceptable answers.
  • Courage. Courage to challenge what you read or hear (even from us). Courage to talk with us if there are concerns – before they become issues.

Completion of weekly classroom projects, Role Playing Activities, Completion of C.O.P.E.S.™ escalation cycle.

See highlights from Summer COPES 2015