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Organizational, Time Management, and Planning (OTMP) Skills Training

When I tell people I am an expert in organizational skills, I have a tendency to want to hide my desk from view. In reality, I am not the most organized person. Not everything in my office is color-coded or indexed. The truth is that for most people, having consistent organizational methods is not necessary all of the time. As long as you are able to get your work done efficiently and effectively, it is okay to have a messy desk. In fact, some research has shown that being in a somewhat cluttered environment can increase creativity.

However, for some people, improving organizational, time management, and planning (OTMP) skills is crucial. If…

…you fail to complete assignments or projects on time …

…you repeatedly lose important papers or supplies…

… you find yourself always rushing to get things done at the last minute…

… long term assignments seem to take way more time and energy out of you than you can bear…

… the quality of the work you produce is not a good indication of your intelligence and knowledge…

…organizational skills training may be just what you need.

Organizational skills training (OST) aims to teach specific skills for recording and remembering assignments, keeping track of important belongings, managing time effectively, and planning work so that it is high quality. Equally importantly, OST uses behavior modification and problem-solving techniques to ensure that the methods stick.

For the past few years,  I have been involved in the development and testing of these now research-proven methods for improving organizational skills. Throughout this time, I have seen people from 3rd grade to adults learn to improve their OTMP skills and, through this, improve their functioning in school or at work. Now I aim to bring this expertise to CBT/DBT Associates for the benefit of our clients.


In addition to individual work with clients of all ages, I am excited to announce that I will be leading an OST group for middle schoolers beginning this fall. Middle school is a crucial time when students are changing classes, receiving more long-term assignments, and facing expectations of increased independence. It is the perfect time to ensure that they can use organizational methods with confidence and turn these skills into lifelong habits.

If you have a child in middle school who you believe could benefit, please give us a call. We’d love to have you in the group. Just remember that I warned you about my messy desk!



Published September 19, 2017

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