Clinical Training

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Our Clinical Training Program is an advanced three-day training to deeply explore the Social Thinking Methodology. Be part of a small group of professionals who observe our therapists working with different ages and conducting an assessment. Learn directly from experts Michelle Garcia Winner, Pamela Crooke, or Nancy Clements!


Santa Clara, CA Program      Boston, MA Program


Oct. 21-23

Nov. 11-13



Jan. 20-22

Mar. 16-18



Sept. 23-25

Oct. 21-23

Nov. 11-13

Dec. 9-11



Jan. 20-22

Feb. 24-26

Mar. 16-18

Apr. 6-8

May 4-6

Jun. 1-3


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What to Expect

Our Clinical Training Program is designed to provide an opportunity to observe and discuss the implementation and use of the Social Thinking Methodology across assessment and treatment. Attendees will be part of a small group of 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 from preschool age through adulthood, with most falling within the school-age years. The clinical treatment groups represent both concrete learners (Emerging Social Communicators) and nuanced learners (Nuance-Challenged Social Communicators). We often have at least one preschool group and some adult sessions, but this is dependent on the current client demand and observing an early learning group is not guaranteed.

The Clinical Training Program is offered at two clinic locations in the U.S. to make travel easier on both domestic and international trainees: on the west coast at Social Thinking Santa Clara, CA, with Michelle Garcia Winner and Pamela Crooke, and on the east coast at Social Thinking Boston near Boston, MA, with Nancy Clements. The content is the same at both locations. Who should attend? Professionals with at least 12 hours of Social Thinking (ST) conference and/or eLearning training who have implemented components of the Social Thinking Methodology for at least one year. See the Eligibility Requirements tab for more details.

Schedule Overview:

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 (or, when necessary, video) assessment. If a report is part of the assessment, attendees will receive a copy of the report with identifying information redacted. Schedule: Santa Clara, CA: 8:00am to 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 do treatment planning based on what was learned from it. Information about the latest Social Thinking concepts and frameworks, clinical and educational treatment strategies, related research, and intervention tools will round out the morning. The afternoon will focus on observing live clinical sessions. Schedule: Santa Clara, CA: 8:30am to 6:30pm. Boston, MA: 9:00am to 7:30pm.

Day 3: The final day starts with a review of additional treatment materials and a discussion about treatment related to teaching individuals about anxiety management. Q and A about previously observed clinical sessions is also included. The afternoon is reserved for observing additional clinical sessions. Schedule: Santa Clara, CA: 10:00am to 6:45pm. Boston, MA: 10:00am to 6:00pm.

Important: Trainees are expected to stay for the entire Day 3 training. Please take this timeline into consideration when scheduling your return flights and factor in the time you need to travel to the airport and wait for your flight.

Other Key Information

  1. We will provide a list of nearby hotels and restaurants, and encourage all participants to make their plans early for the best rates.
  2. Collaboration is encouraged among the trainees. This helps foster team building and deeper discussions about Social Thinking.
  3. 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 Attendance at the end of Day 3 citing their attendance and participation if the attendee is present for all hours of the program.
  4. Behavior required during Clinical Training Program 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 our online Directory of Clinical Trainees, b) adjust the hours on the Certificate of Attendance to reflect the actual time an attendee was actively participating, and c) discontinue an attendee’s participation in the Clinical Training Program without providing any refund.
  5. The Clinical Training Program is run by Social Thinking—Santa Clara. However, Social Thinking 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 Social Thinking Santa Clara for participation in the program but are expected to follow the Intellectual Property Terms of Use and guidelines found on the Social Thinking website at The website represents both companies.

Learning Objectives

  1. Explain the Social Competency Model and how it relates to the fidelity of teaching all Social Thinking concepts.
  2. Describe the six levels of the Social Thinking–Social Communication Profile (ST–SCP).
  3. Explain the components of the Cascade of Social Attention and the implication for treatment.
  4. Describe two different Informal Dynamic Assessment tasks and define how these are different from standardized assessments for functional treatment plan development.
  5. Describe two ways in which lessons that teach Social Thinking Vocabulary vary among interventionists.
  6. Utilize the ST–SCP and clinical observation to determine a client's level of social mind.
  7. Describe how cognition, perspective taking, language skills, and sensory skills relate to developing a functional treatment plan.

Directory of Clinical Trainees

Attendees who receive the Certificate of Attendance will have the option to have their names posted on Social Thinking’s online Directory of Clinical Trainees. The purpose of this directory is to provide the public with access to people who have completed 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 regard to using the Social Thinking Methodology, and 2) let the public know who may be available to provide clinical services in their local area that include the use of the Social Thinking Methodology. Attendees’ names are maintained on our Social Thinking website for up to five years if the attendee meets the following standards:

  • Agree to abide by Social Thinking’s Intellectual Property guidelines
  • Keep up to date with the Social Thinking Methodology as it evolves
  • Respond to our staff when they ask yearly for affirmation that the contact information in the directory is accurate
  • Respond to any other information we request

Attendees’ names will be removed from the Directory of Clinical Trainees if the attendee fails to respond to updates requested from our office, contact information is found to be no longer valid, they are found to be in violation of terms and conditions in using Social Thinking Intellectual Property, or five years have passed since they attended our Clinical Training Program.


Questions About the Program?

Vanessa Alcantar
Director of Front Office & Clinical Training
408-557-8595 ext. 202
Office hours: M–F, 8am – 4:30pm Pacific Time

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Directory of 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 Directory of Clinical Trainees to provide a resource listing the names of clinicians and educators who have attended our Clinical Training Program.
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