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Social Thinking Publishing is approved by the Continuing Education Board of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) to provide continuing education activities in speech-language pathology and audiology. See course information for number of ASHA CEUs, instructional level and content area. ASHA CE Provider approval does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products or clinical procedures.

The Social Thinking Clinical Training Program is a highly desired program with a very limited number of available spaces. Apply now for the 2017-2018 school year, space is extremely limited!

The Social Thinking Clinical Training Program is in high demand - it has sold out every year since it began in 2003! The intensive three-day training lets you explore the Social Thinking methodology like never before. Observe an assessment and a variety of Social Thinking treatment sessions and discuss treatment for the different levels of the social mind. Get the inside scoop on Social Thinking's newest, and yet to be published, concepts and strategies directly from the thought leaders developing them. Choose your location - trainings are offered at Social Thinking clinics in Santa Clara, California and Boston, Massachusetts.

Teachers, speech-language pathologists, therapists, autism specialists, psychologists and social workers are just a few of the professionals that have completed the Social Thinking Clinical Training Program and are addressing the treatment and educational needs of individuals with a broad range of social and communication challenges in their communities. All Clinical Trainees will be added to the Social Thinking Clinical Training Program Directory below as a resource for those looking for professionals knowledgeable about the Social Thinking Methodology.

What to Expect During the Three-Day Clinical Training

The STCT consists of 3 full days of training related to our Social Thinking philosophy, our Social Thinking-Social Communication Profile© while observing a range of students aged preschool through adolescent. The majority of our clients are school aged (KF12) and most fall between Emerging and Nuance Challenged social communicators on the Profile. We usually have at least one group of preschool students but this is not guaranteed. However, we will spend time discussing Social Thinking strategies for young learners. While we see many adults at our clinics, few adults choose to be observed; therefore, observing treatment with adults is not always an option.

  1. On the first day attendees will meet with their key group trainer for at least 2 hours to discuss their individual questions as well as prepare for the group, discuss latest philosophical and clinical ideas, and learn more about what to observe in the clinic during the week. The rest of the day is spent observing clinical sessions. This day usually runs from 9:00am – 7:30pm. Q and A related to sessions is provided.
  2. The second day is typically filled with a morning assessment or watching assessment video along with related discussion. If a report is written for the assessment viewed, attendees will receive access to that report to see how to move from the visual assessment to the written assessment. The rest of the afternoon is spent observing clinical sessions. Q and A related to sessions is also provided. This day usually runs from 8:30am-7:00pm.
  3. The third and final day is spent with morning discussions about treatment related to anxiety management and providing services to early learners.Q and A discussions about previously observed clinical sessions are continued. The afternoon is spent observing clinical sessions. This day usually runs from 9:30am-6:45pm. Some attendees need to leave in the late afternoon to catch a flight home; this is acceptable.
  4. Collaboration is encouraged between the different members of the international group attending the training. We will recommend a specific hotel and encourage all participants to make their plans early to book at that hotel to foster team building between the participants.
  5. Participants receive a certificate of participation in the program and their names are posted on the Social Thinking website to let the public know who in their community has sought out more intensive training at our clinics. Participants can also list their school district and/or private practice affiliations along with their contact information. STCT participants’ names are maintained on our Social Thinking website as long as the STCT participants continue to abide by the Social Thinking Trademark guidelines. All attendees will receive a copy of and review the trademark guidelines as part of participation in the program.
Learning Objectives
  1. Describe the 6 levels of the Social Thinking-Social Communication Profile© (ST-SCP).
  2. Explain the components of the Cascade of Social Attention and the implication for treatment.
  3. Describe two different Informal Dynamic Assessment tasks and define how these are different from standardized assessments for functional treatment plan development.
  4. Describe two ways in which lessons to teach social thinking vocabulary vary between interventionists.
  5. Utilize the ST-SCP and clinical observation to determine a client's level of social mind.
  6. Describe how cognition, perspective taking, language skills, and sensory skills relate to developing a functional treatment plan.

Eligibility Requirements

This is an advanced training on the Social Thinking methodology, and therefore requires that each participant have a certain level of hands-on experience using Social Thinking before attending. To be eligible for consideration, participants must:

  1. Have at least one year of experience teaching Social Thinking treatment concepts to clients/students ages four through adulthood.
  2. Be familiar with the newest thinking and developments in the methodology (as posted on the website).
  3. Have attended at least two full-day Social Thinking courses presented by a member of our Social Thinking Training and Speakers Collaborative and/or have read our two core books: Thinking About You Thinking About Me and Inside Out: What Makes the Person with Social Cognitive Deficits Tick?
About the Application Process

STCT programs are conducted on a monthly basis throughout the school year (September through May). There are only 7 spaces available in each of the trainings, in each location. As demand has risen within our community to participate in the training program, we have changed our method of awarding candidate placements. Those who were on the waiting list for the previous year will be given first chance to attend this year’s training, in either Santa Clara or Boston. Application submissions will be collected starting in January; these applicants will be placed in the program on a first come first served basis. Typically we fill all slots by May of the same year; therefore individuals who are truly interested in attending should not delay in sending in their applications.

Only complete applications are given to our Social Thinking training team for consideration and placement. A complete application will contain the application form, a response to all personal paragraphs indicating why you are interested in attending, and the non-refundable $300 (USD) deposit. The ONLY way to secure a space in the training is to follow this process. We do not hold spaces for individuals who call or email to inquire about the program.

Administrators and businesses wishing to send a team of individuals to the training need to submit one packet containing each applicant’s complete paperwork with the individual deposit fee attached, for all of the candidates applying for consideration. There are no discounted tuition and no scholarships are offered because the high demand for this program far exceeds the slots available. Applicants are chosen, in part, based on how many students they serve in the community. Parents or professionals working with a very small group of students are less likely to be accepted. Applicants chosen for participation, but that we are unable to place in this year’s program due to space limitations, will be placed on our wait list. Those not accepted into the program or placed on a wait list will have their full deposit returned in the form of a voided check. Credit cards are not accepted for payment at this time.

Tuition & Fee Schedule

The total tuition fee to attend the Social Thinking Clinical Training program is $1400 USD for our Boston, Massachusetts Social Thinking campus and $1600 USD for our Santa Clara, California campus where Michelle Garcia Winner and Pamela Crooke work.

  1. A deposit of $300 (USD) must accompany your application for the program. This amount will be applied to your total program tuition. Please make this check out to “STC” or “Social Thinking Center.”
  2. Upon notification of placement in the STCT program, another non-refundable payment is due: $600 (USD) for those attending the Boston location training and $700 (USD) for those attending the Santa Clara location. This payment will hold your spot in the program. Individuals notified of placement in the program who decide to withdraw prior to making this payment will forfeit their $300 (USD) deposit.
  3. The balance of the tuition, $500 (USD) for those attending the Boston location training and $600 (USD) for those attending the Santa Clara location, will be due ten weeks prior to the start date of your training. If the payment is not made at that time, your spot will be forfeited and we will place another person in this position. Since most participants travel from around the country, a replacement participant needs ample notice to attend the STCT.
  4. Think Social Publishing will send invoices and track payments of each selected participant. Invoices will be sent regarding the status of payments prior to the final payment due date.
Cancellation Policy

Many people are interested in participating in this program with a limited number of STCT spaces available during any given school year. We have learned from experience that cancellations even a couple of months in advance of an appointed training date are difficult to fill by people on our wait list given the number of scheduling and financial arrangements that have to coordinated at the last minute. For this reason we have constructed a strict policy regarding cancellations.

  1. You may withdraw your initial application and receive $250 (USD) of your $300 (USD) deposit any time up until you have been notified of your acceptance into the program. We will retain $50 (USD) to cover our administrative costs.
  2. Once a candidate is placed in the 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 deposited money and put you on the wait list. If we can place you in a STCT group in the future, your deposited monies will apply to the fee for that group. However, if at the time you attend the group the STCT tuition has increased, you will be responsible for the higher tuition cost.
  3. If you submit your application along with your $300 (USD) deposit and we are NOT able to place you in a STCT group for that school year, your deposit check will be returned in full along with a letter explaining you have either not qualified to participate in the program or you have been placed on the wait list.
  4. If you cancel at the last minute, we will reimburse the last payment of $500 (USD) or $600 (USD) ONLY if we can find a replacement for you in the training group you were to attend.
Continuing Education Available

American Speech-Language-
Hearing Association

This program is offered for 2.15 CEUs (Intermediate level,
Professional area). The Social Thinking Clinical Training
Program is registered for ASHA CEUs. Forms will be filled
out on the first day of training to apply for these CEUs.


Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES)


Continuing Education Units for Social Workers, LMHCs, LMFTs, Clinical and School Psychologists are available.  States that are covered are listed below.  Some states have exceptions and these are noted as well.

Professions listed below will receive 22.5 hours of continuing education credit/clock hours.

Social Workers: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) #1117, is approved as a Provider for Social Work Continuing Education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB, 400 South Ridge Parkway, Ste B, Culpepper, VA 22701) Social workers should contact their regulatory board determine course approval.

Marriage & Family Therapists: The following marriage and family therapy boards accept programs offered by ASWB or APA approved providers (of which CES is approved): AL, AR, AZ, CT, DE, FL, GA, ID, IN, IA, KS, LA, MD, ME, MN, MS, MT, NE, NH, NJ, NM, OK, OR, PA, RI, SD, TN, VA, VT, WA AND WI. In addition, CES is approved for CA MFTs.

Psychologists: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education credit programs. CES maintains responsibility for this program.

Who are Social Thinking Clinical Trainees?

The following list represents those individuals who attended the Clinical Training program in our licensed Santa Clara or Boston clinic.  This list is comprised primarily of professionals (and some parents) who sought additional observation-based training related to applying social thinking techniques. We do not certify or license attendees, but do provide a Certificate of Attendance.

Note: 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 here. The clinical training staff did not, during the course of this training; work directly on a clinical level with any professionals/parents listed and therefore cannot confirm skill level related to implementing social thinking strategies.
Because we are frequently asked to provide the names of those who use social thinking in local communities or across states and countries, we have posted this information on our website for you to explore. Note: If you use this list to find a professional or other contact, it is your responsibility to determine whether or not the individual has the right level of expertise for your needs.
The individuals listed below have attended Clinical Training level 1A  (at the very least) at one of our licensed Social Thinking® clinics. This indicates that they spent approximately 18 hours of deep engagement via discussion and observation (This program was formerly known as a Social Thinking® Mentor Training program).
A limited number of people on this list have also participated in the Social Thinking® Clinical Internship Program (also known as Level 2). We ran this program for short period of time and those who attended also received a Certificate of Attendance for participation. We have currently discontinued the Internship training given the extensive amount of time needed to allow Interns enough opportunity to problem solve and create their own lessons. We have no plans to re-establish this training 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.


Social Thinking Publishing is approved by the Continuing Education Board of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) to provide continuing education activities in speech-language pathology and audiology. See course information for number of ASHA CEUs, instructional level and content area. ASHA CE Provider approval does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products or clinical procedures.


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