CHOC Mental Health Education Program | Ready for College: Preparing your child with chronic illness for success

CHOC Mental Health Education Program

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For many families, having a teen graduate high school and transition to college is an important milestone. When that teen must manage a chronic medical condition, such as diabetes or Crohn’s disease, teens and parents may wonder if college is out of reach or if their child should “stay local.” This doesn’t have to be the case. This presentation will talk about the challenges experienced by youth (and their parents!) transitioning to college and provide guidance on what to do before, during, and after the transition to college to optimize success. We will discuss resources available at the local and national level to help youth in the college environment so that families can approach this important transition feelings empowered and confident.

Date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Time: 11:00 – 11:45 a.m.

Location: Zoom

Target Audience: Parents/General Community

Presenter: Wendy Gray, PhD, ABPP, BCB, Pediatric Psychologist, CHOC Co-Occurring Clinic

Languages Available: English

Topic Age Range: High School Students (9th – 12th Grade)


  • Learn about the unique challenges facing youth with chronic medical conditions pursuing higher education
  • Identify actionable steps to prepare for the transition to college
  • Become aware of local and national resources to support college students with chronic medical conditions