The Social Transitions in Education Program (STEP) is designed to help students as they begin at a new school, primarily by helping students feel more comfortable with new social situations and expectations. A pilot evaluation of STEP showed promising results with students experiencing substantial decreases in social avoidance following participation and increases in grade point averages one year later. A study completed using brief intensive treatment for social anxiety compares the results of applying Social Anxiety Intervention and Relaxation Control Treatment to a group of freshmen in the fall of their first semester of college.
STEP is currently implemented at NIU in the fall semester. Incoming freshmen are invited to complete a brief survey. To the degree that resources are available, students who are eligible are then invited to participate in a six session program.