Clinical Training Program
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The Social Thinking® (ST) Clinical Training Program is an intensive three-day training session that lets you explore the ST methodology in a deep and meaningful way. During the three days, you will: 1) Observe a live or video recorded assessment, 2) watch a variety of treatment sessions, 3) discuss complexities and nuances for interventions based on the different levels of the social mind, and 4) learn about Social Thinking's core philosophy and newest concepts and strategies. We now have two different clinical locations to make travel easier on both domestic and international trainees: West coast (ST Headquarters, Santa Clara, CA) and East coast (Licensed Clinic, Boston, MA).
Teachers, speech-language pathologists, therapists, OTs, autism specialists, psychologists, and social workers are some of the professionals who have completed the Clinical Training Program. All who complete the training in full will be added to the Clinical Training Program Directory below as a resource for those looking for professionals knowledgeable about the methodology.
What to Expect
Our Clinical Training program is designed to provide an opportunity to observe and discuss the implementation and use of Social Thinking’s Methodology across assessment and treatment. Attendees will be part of a small group of other professionals from around the globe who will bring their unique experiences and understanding of Social Thinking and other treatment programs to the training. Attendees will observe clients aged preschool through adulthood, with most falling within the school-age years. The clinical treatment groups represent both concrete learners (Emerging Social Communicators), and nuanced learners (Subtle but significant Social Communicators). We often have at least one preschool group and some adult sessions, but this is dependent on the current client demand and is not guaranteed.
Day 1: Attendees will begin with an orientation about logistics followed by an overview of the ST Informal Dynamic Assessment and related observation tools. Next, participants will watch a live assessment (or video assessment). If a report is part of the assessment, then attendees will receive a copy of the report with identifying information redacted. Daily Schedule: Santa Clara, CA: 8:00am-6:00pm. Boston, MA: 8:30am to 7:00pm.
Day 2: The day will begin with a follow-up intensive discussion about findings of the assessment and how to create future planning based on what was learned from the assessment. Information about the latest Social Thinking models and theory, clinical treatment strategies, related research, and intervention tools will round out the morning. The afternoon will focus on observing live clinical sessions. Day Schedule: Santa Clara, CA: 8:30am-6:30pm Boston, MA: 9:00am to 7:30pm.
Day 3: The final day starts with review of more treatment materials and discussion about treatment related to teaching individuals about anxiety management. Q and A about previously observed clinical sessions are also included. The afternoon is reserved for observing additional clinical sessions. Daily Schedule: Santa Clara, CA: 10:00am-6:45pm Boston, MA: 10:00am to 6:00pm.
Important: When scheduling flights, please consider the ending time for the third day. Please factor in the time you need to be at the airport and the travel time to get there. Trainees are expected to stay for the entire training!
Other Key Information
- We will provide a list of nearby hotels, restaurants, and encourage all participants to make their plans early for best rates.
- Collaboration is encouraged between the different members of the groups attending the training. This helps foster team building and deeper discussions between the participants.
- Attending this training does NOT, in any way, certify the attendee as an official Social Thinking therapist or trainer. Instead, attendees will receive a Certificate of Participation on the last day to account for all three days attendance and participation if the attendee is present for all hours of the program.
- Behavior required during Clinical Training hours: Please do not schedule work telephone calls or other activities (e.g. writing IEP reports, etc.) during training hours. Missing or being distracted during any hours of the Clinical Training program means we have the right to: a) not list an attendee in the Clinical Training Directory, b) adjust the hours on the Certificate of Attendance to reflect the actual time an attendee was actively participating, and d) to discontinue an attendee’s participation in the Clinical Training Program without providing any part of a refund should attendance hours be inconsistent.
- The Clinical Training program is run by the Social Thinking Center, Inc. However, Social Thinking’s Intellectual Property is owned by Think Social Publishing, Inc. These two corporations are both owned and operated by Michelle Garcia Winner with Dr. Pamela Crooke as a chief advisor. Attendees pay the Social Thinking Center, Inc. for all participation in the CTP but are expected to follow guidelines for use of Intellectual Property that are published through Think Social Publishing, Inc. The website www.socialthinking.com represents both companies.
- Explain the Social Competency Model and how it relates to the fidelity of teaching all Social Thinking concepts.
- Describe the six (6) levels of the Social Thinking-Social Communication Profile© (ST-SCP).
- Explain the components of the Cascade of Social Attention and the implication for treatment.
- Describe two different Informal Dynamic Assessment tasks and define how these are different from standardized assessments for functional treatment plan development.
- Describe two ways in which lessons teach social thinking vocabulary vary between interventionists.
- Utilize the ST-SCP and clinical observation to determine a client's level of social mind.
- Describe how cognition, perspective taking, language skills, and sensory skills relate to developing a functional treatment plan.
Clinical Training Directory
Attendees who receive the Certificate of Attendance will have the option to have their names posted on Social Thinking’s website under our Clinical Training Directory. The purpose of the Clinical Training Directory is to provide the public with access to people who have sought out a higher level of Social Thinking training. Attendees can list their school district and/or private practice affiliations along with their contact information to 1) let the public know the attendee has a deeper clinical training experience with regards to using Social Thinking’s Methodology, and 2) to let the public know who may be available to provide clinical services that include the use of Social Thinking’s Methodology. Attendee’s names are maintained on our Social Thinking website for up to five years if the attendee meets to following standards:
- Abide by Social Thinking’s Intellectual Property guidelines
- Remain updated with the Social Thinking Methodology as it evolves
- Respond to the yearly updates sent from our office which ask past attendees to affirm their contact information is accurate
- Respond to any other information we need.
Attendee’s names will be removed from the Clinical Training Directory if the attendee fails to respond to updates requested from our office, contact information is found to be no longer valid, they are in violation of how they use Social Thinking’s Intellectual property, or five years have passed since they attended our Clinical Training program.
This is an advanced training on the Social Thinking methodology and not Social Thinking 101. To be eligible to participate in the Clinical Training Program, each attendee must have previously attained experience using many components of the Social Thinking methodology. To be eligible for consideration, applicants must have:
- At least one year of recent experience utilizing Social Thinking’s treatment frameworks, strategies and concepts with clients/students of any age within the range of four years to adulthood.
- Read three or more free articles related to the methodology (as posted on the website or in newsletters)
- Attended at least two full-day Social Thinking workshops hosted by Think Social Publishing, Inc, or led by a member of our Social Thinking Training and Speakers Collaborative.
- Read and utilized two or more of the books published by Think Social Publishing, Inc, including but not limited to:
- Thinking About You Thinking About Me
- Inside Out: What Makes the Person with Social Cognitive Deficits Tick?
- Social Thinking and Me
- You Are A Social Detective combined with teaching about Superflex
- We Thinkers, Vol 1
- Socially Curious and Curiously Social
- Applicants are selected based on the number of students/clients they serve in the community and their experience with the methodology. In other words, professionals or parent-professionals working with a very small caseload are less likely to be selected.
Former Clinical Trainees Can Apply to Attend Again!
We are often asked if it is possible for Clinical Trainees (previously described as Mentor Trainees) to return and re-take the full three-day Clinical Training (CT) course at either one of our two CT locations. The answer is yes! Given that the Social Thinking Methodology continues to evolve, so does what we teach and highlight in our Clinical Training Program. We will continue to give priority to those who are applying who have not previously attended a CT. For those who would like to re-apply, we encourage you to allow a two-year break between your Clinical Training sessions.
To apply to attend a second time, simply apply for one of the current season’s trainings and make a note in your paragraph submission that this would be your second attendance and why you would like to take the training again.
Please note: our Clinical Training Program continues to offer a Certificate of Completion (not a Certificate of Competence).
About the Application Process
STCT programs are conducted monthly throughout the school year (September through June), and there are only 7-9 spaces available in each training session at each location. Those who were on the waiting list from the previous year will be given the first chance to attend the current year’s training in either Santa Clara, CA (Silicon Valley area) or Boston Area, Ma.
Each January we post applications for the enrollment in the Clinical Training program that will occur during the upcoming school year (September-June). Applications will be collected until all spots are full. Social Thinking’s monthly newsletter updates the public as to how many spaces are left in the Clinical Training program.
Only those applications that are complete will be passed to the Social Thinking Center’s training team for consideration. A complete application must contain:
- - An application form
- - A selection of at least 3 dates and location options
- - A response to all personal paragraphs indicating why you are interested in attending
- - A $300 (USD) deposit. This deposit will be applied to the total tuition if selected to attend the Clinical Training program
If an applicant is accepted into the Clinical Training program, the deposit is non-refundable. See Cancellation policy below. If the applicant is determined to not be eligible for the Clinical Training program, $250 of the deposit will be refunded, the remaining $50.00 will be used as an administrative fee for processing the application. A complete application is ONLY way to secure a space. We do not hold spaces for individuals who call or email to inquire about the program.
Team attendance in one Clinical Training Session: Administrators and businesses wishing to send a team of individuals need to submit one packet containing each applicant’s completed paperwork with the individual deposit fee attached for each application.
Boston total fee: $1,400 (USD) This training is led by Nancy Clements.
Santa Clara total fee: $1,600 (USD) This training is led by Michelle Garcia Winner and/or Dr. Pamela Crooke.
A $300 (USD) non-refundable check is required with your application to be considered for the program. If you’re accepted, your deposit will be applied to your tuition. Please make all checks payable to “Social Thinking Center.”
Upon notification of placement, all further payments towards the full tuition are non-refundable at the time of receipt by the Social Thinking Center. Immediately upon acceptance into the Clinical Training Program, your second payment towards the full tuition is due. The second deposit is $600 (USD) for those attending the Boston location training and $700 (USD) for those attending the Santa Clara location. Individuals notified of placement in the program who decide to withdraw prior to making this second payment will forfeit their $300 (USD) non-refundable deposit.
Your final payment of $500 USD (Boston) and $600 USD (Santa Clara) is due 10 weeks prior to the start date. If the payment is not made at that time, the spot can be forfeited along with all money paid towards the tuition.
The Social Thinking Center will send invoices and track each payment of each selected participant. Invoices and receipts will be sent regarding the status of the balance. Each participants balance must be paid in full prior to attend the training.
Note: Due to the high demand, we do not accept purchase orders, and there are no discounted fees or scholarships available.
- You may withdraw your application from consideration in our Clinical Training Program, and receive $250 (USD) out of your $300 (USD) deposit any time up until the point at which you have been assigned a date to attend a Clinical Training, even if we have not yet had time to notify you. It’s important to note that as soon as we receive your application there are many steps behind the scenes to coordinate how to manage your application.
- Once placed in the Clinical Training program, any cancellation will result in forfeiting deposited monies. If the cancellation is due to a medical necessity (as evidenced by a note from your doctor), we will retain your deposit and add you to waitlist for the future. Your deposited monies will be used towards your future enrollment. However, if the tuition has increased since you last applied, you will be responsible for the higher tuition cost.
- If there is no room for you in our Clinical Training Program but you are eligible to participate: If you submit your application along with your $300 (USD) deposit, and we are NOT able to place you for that school year because we have filled all spaces, your full deposit will be returned, along with a letter explaining that we welcome your future participation and we have placed you on our internal waitlist.
- If you are no longer able keep your training date and would like to be moved to a later date, there will be a $150 (USD) administration change fee for each participant moved. This covers our employees’ time for revising paperwork and finding a replacement – it’s a lot of work for us to reschedule! If we’re unable to place you into the current school year because we have filled all spaces, you’ll be placed on our waitlist for the following year.
Continuing Education Available
We offer continuing education for attending the Clinical Training Program for the professions listed below. All clinical trainees will receive a Certificate of Attendance and program agenda at the training.
Attendees will receive a certificate of attendance and agenda for the program as proof of participation. To apply for continuing education credit, submit these documents to your district or employer.
American Speech Language Hearing Association
The 3-day program is offered for 2.25 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).
Speech Language Pathologists (SLPs)
The Social Thinking Clinical Training program is registered for ASHA CEUs (bring your ASHA number!). Forms will be filled out on the first day of training.
California: Michelle G Winner is an approved Continuing Education Provider for State of California SLPs (PDP 54) (6 hours per day).
Canada: To apply for CEEs for our courses, submit the Certificate of Attendance and Agenda to your licensing organization. The Certificate of Attendance and Agenda will be provided. Earn 21.5 CEEs per course!
Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES)
States that are covered are listed below. Some states have exceptions and these are noted. Professions listed below will receive 22.5 hours of continuing education credit/clock hours for the 3-day program.
Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. If you work in a state not listed, we also recommend that you contact your board to determine course approval because there’s a chance our courses could be approved. Our program offers 22.5 clock hours for social workers in certain states though Commonwealth Educational Seminars, provider #1117, which is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) through the Approval Continuing Education (ACE) Program.
Here are the states where our courses are approved for credit:
- - US (approved through Commonwealth Educational Seminars): AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NH, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, Virgin Islands, VT, WA, WI and WY.
- - New York: Social Thinking, Inc., SW CPE is recognized by New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0334. Earn 22.5 Contact Hours for the training course!
- - Canada (approved through Commonwealth Educational Seminars): Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador, Saskatchewan, and Nova Scotia.
Marriage and Family Therapists
Marriage and family therapists receive 22.5 hours’ credit for the program. Here are the states where our courses are approved for credit: AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IN, IA, KS, ME, MD, MO, MT, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NC, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI AND WY.
CES approves and maintains responsibility for this program.
Clinical and School Psychologists
Psychologists receive 22.5 hours of continuing education credit upon completing this program. This program is approved through Commonwealth Educational Seminars, an organization approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education credit programs. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
National Board for Certificate Counselors (NBCC)
Mental Health Counselors & Other Certified Counselors
Certified Counselors receive 22.5 CE hours for the program toward NBCC credit. Social Thinking, Inc. has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6685. Social Thinking, Inc. is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.
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Questions about the program:
Director of Front Office & Clinical Training
(408) 557-8595 ext. 202
Questions about continuing education:
Director of Conference Planning & Continuing Education
(408) 557-8595 ext. 325
About our Clinical Training Directory
Who are Social Thinking Clinical Trainees
Because we are frequently asked to provide the names of those who use Social Thinking’s Methodology in local communities or across states and countries, we have created the Clinical Training Directory to provide a resource listing the names of clinicians and educators who have attended our Clinical Training Program. This list is comprised primarily of professionals (and some parents) who sought additional observation-based training related to applying Social Thinking’s Methodology. Attendees of our Clinical Training Program receive a Certificate of Attendance.
A Certificate of Attendance in no way implies that Think Social Publishing, Inc. or The Social Thinking® Center (or its employees) can attest to the clinical abilities of the attendee posted on our Clinical Training Directory. And, if you use this list to find a professional or other contact, it is your responsibility to determine whether the individual has the expertise for your needs. (This program was formerly known as a Social Thinking® Mentor Training program).
A limited number of people have also participated in the Social Thinking® Clinical Internship Program (also known as Level 2). We have currently discontinued this program and have no plans to re-establish in the near future.
A Note to Parents - Finding the Right Clinician
Finding the right professional to work with your child can sometimes feel like a daunting task. Social Thinking's article Parents: Is Your Treatment Team Teaching Social Thinking Well? Questions to Ask Professionals in Private Practice was written to help you evaluate the knowledge and experience of any of the professionals listed in our Directory, so you can find the one that’s best suited to your child’s needs.
Directory of Clinical Trainees
NOTE: Neither Think Social Publishing, Inc. or The Social Thinking® Center (or its employees) can attest to the clinical abilities of the attendees posted on our Clinical Training Directory. If you use this list to find a professional or other contact, it is your responsibility to determine whether the individual has the expertise for your needs.