University of North Carolina Greensboro: ACCESS

Mission Statement

ACCESS is a treatment program for college students with ADHD. ACCESS was created, developed, pilot tested, and refined as part of UNC Greensboro’s involvement in College STAR. At present, ACCESS continues to be offered through a 4-year multi-site (with VCU) Goal 3 Efficacy grant award from the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education.

Program Description

Program Overview

ACCESS is a cognitive-behavioral group and individual mentoring program that provides an active treatment and maintenance phase delivered across two consecutive semesters. The goals of ACCESS are three-fold: to give students age-appropriate, evidence-based knowledge of ADHD; to increase student skill in using time management, planning, and other behavioral strategies related to executive functioning; to improve student use of adaptive thinking strategies. To the extent these goals are achieved, improvements in educational, social, and emotional functioning are expected.

Description of Services

Students in ACCESS receive 8 weeks of group-administered cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) plus 10 sessions of individual mentoring during their first semester in the program. The CBT group is designed to increase accurate knowledge of ADHD and dispel myths, teach behavioral strategies for coping with ADHD symptoms and succeeding in college (e.g., using a planner, improving organization, studying effectively), and increase adaptive thinking. Mentoring is designed to help students apply what they learned in the CBT group, connect students with campus resources, and provide support and coaching. In their second semester, students continue to meet with their mentors and are encouraged to attend a group booster session.

Application Process

Students must undergo a screening evaluation to determine their eligibility for ACCESS.

Target Population

  • Attention Deficit & Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD)

Program at a glance

How many students are enrolled in this program? 50-99

What are the annual costs for a student to attend this program? $0

Is this program public? Yes

Is this program fee-based? No

how large is the instition associated with this program? 10,000-24,999

What type of institution is associated with this program? University