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Dedicated to Advancing Social Learning for a Lifetime of Well-Being

Greater Boston, MA | October 16 - 18, 2019

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  • Courtyard by Marriott Boston Norwood/Canton
  • 300 River Ridge Dr
  • Norwood, MA 02062
  • Special Accommodations
    We ensure the facilities we partner with to host Social Thinking trainings are handicap accessible. We invite individuals needing special accommodations accessing facilities, resources, materials, etc. to contact us for support.


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    Hotel Discount
    Our room block for the Four Points hotel is sold out, so we’ve negotiated a discount for you at the Courtyard Boston Norwood/Canton nearby. Make reservations online or call 781-762-4700 and ask for the Social Thinking overflow block.

  • Discounted Hotel Rooms Available through 10/08/2019
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Lunch Provided at Social Thinking Conferences

We’re proud to provide you with a full lunch and bottomless coffee and tea each day as you connect with others in your community. Vegetarian and gluten-free options will be available. For additional dietary restrictions, please plan accordingly.

 

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Wednesday October 16, 2019

The Informal Dynamic Assessment and Core Treatment Strategies

ages 5 - young adult

Delve into the mind of a person with social learning challenges! Our Social Thinking Informal Dynamic Assessment includes four unique assessment tasks, shown through video, to uncover how individuals process and respond to social information in real time. Then, learn strategies to improve social competencies to use in treatment plans and/or at home. Finally, explore two core Social Thinking frameworks and strategies for use at home and school: Social Behavior Mapping and the Friendship Pyramid and related ideas for expanding treatment using these tools.
Description

We begin the day by exploring how to better understand the minds of individuals with social learning challenges when traditional standardized tests fall short. We introduce the Social Thinking Informal Dynamic Assessment (ST-IDA), a series of tasks with corresponding templates described in Michelle Garcia Winner's book Thinking About You Thinking About Me, 2nd Edition. The dynamic tasks included in the ST-IDA examine the way the individual approaches social communication, executive functioning, and problem solving in real time. The ST-IDA can be a useful tool for initial or three-year testing and can provide valuable insight to all members of the educational or support team.


Results of the ST-IDA can help to uncover the link between social thinking challenges and social and academic learning. We provide a detailed checklist for two assessment tasks, which serves as a catalyst to guide more meaningful observations. Deeper observations, in turn, lead to developing more meaningful treatment* programs. Discussion related to the video footage of the informal assessment tasks will highlight how stakeholders (e.g., parents, diagnosticians, paraprofessionals, teachers, counselors, therapists, etc.) can work more effectively with those we aim to help. Parents and professionals applaud the highly practical nature of this workshop.


In the afternoon, we will review two practical treatment frameworks. The first, Social Behavior Mapping (SBM), is a visual framework that teaches social responsibility by highlighting that social expectations occur in a given context based on the situation and people. SBM enables individuals to discover what is expected or unexpected in a social situation while also learning the impact their behavior has on others’ feelings. How others feel about our behavior also impacts how they treat us and ultimately affects our own feelings! SBM has been widely adopted for use with all ages. This core Social Thinking treatment framework reflects our cognitive behavioral teaching style. Audience members will create their own Social Behavior Map as part of the training.


To help individuals understand the difference between friendly and friendship we have a visual treatment framework called the Friendship Pyramid. We will delve into five different levels of relationship development starting with the importance of initiating and responding to greetings with people who are not “friends.”


To round out the day, we will describe a four-phase social competency pathway to guide our students as they engage in a social learning process.


*Treatment refers to using conceptual and strategy-based frameworks to help individuals improve their social competencies.

What You Will Learn
Schedule
CE Credit

At this conference, earn continuing education units/credits/clock hours at no additional cost! Each course offers 6 hours of instruction and each attendee will be given a certificate of attendance and a course agenda for their records.

 

We are proud to be a continuing education provider for Speech-Language Pathologists, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, Clinical and School Psychologists, and Certified Counselors, such as Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors, and others.

 

We offer continuing education units/credits/clock hours through:

  • ASHA: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • CES: Commonwealth Educational Seminars
  • NBCC: National Board for Certified Counselors
  • And more!

 

Click here to see more Continuing Education Information

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Thursday October 17, 2019

Emotions Part 2: Emotion-Based Strategies to Foster Relationship Development and Academic and Career Performance

SOLD OUT

ages 5 - adult

Emotions are at the heart of connecting with others and forming community. We expect children and adults to intuitively navigate the abstract nature of emotions by having emotional self-awareness and self-regulation, inferring the emotions of others, reading others’ intentions, etc. These skills are required for developing relationships, understanding the actions of characters in literature and history, working as part of a team, and much more—impacting performance on academic standards and success in the 21st century workplace. In this second course in our two-part series on emotions, learn novel treatment tools and strategies to help students, clients, and patients develop emotional awareness, explore how to read the emotions and intentions of others, emotionally sync with others, and work through social anxiety. To maximize your learning we recommend attending the course Emotions Part 1 before Emotions Part 2, but it’s not required since key concepts from the first course will be summarized in the second.
Description

To maximize your learning we recommend attending the course Emotions Part 1 before Emotions Part 2, but it’s not required since key concepts from the first course will be summarized in the second. In Emotions Part 2, learn strategies to help your students, clients, or patients develop emotional awareness, explore how to read the emotions and intentions of others, emotionally sync with others, and work through social anxiety. Many of these skills are required for developing friendships, understanding the actions and reactions of characters in literature and history—impacting performance on academic standards, and working with others as part of a team—impacting success in the classroom and 21st century workforce. Discover a variety of strategies that can be used immediately in the classroom, at home, in the community, and at work spanning these topics:


  • Social anxiety disorder (SAD) and the autism spectrum:
    • Recognize the overlap of these diagnoses and the importance of developing social competencies as part of treatment*
    • Determine key things to be aware of when working with an individual suffering from depression or sadness
  • Social-emotional learning:
    • Validate the social-emotional learning process as individuals explore their social vulnerabilities
    • Recognize the power of one’s inner critic and coach
    • Understand how managing emotions is part of executive functioning and how this relates to tracking the development of one’s own Social Operating System
  • The social evaluative process: how we account for each other’s intentions
  • Interpreting the hidden emotional messages of others
  • Personal self-marketing campaign: what messages are your students, clients, and patients sending?
  • Use of scales for many different purposes:
    • Evaluate social risk
    • Evaluate social-emotional experiences
    • Get versus take someone’s perspective
  • Relationship development and social-emotional competencies:
    • Explore how little acts of kindness pave the way for relationship development prior to having a conversation
    • Determine how emotion syncing is important as we share and listen to little stories within our social conversations
    • Use physical manipulatives to encourage social-emotional reappraisal of people in context
  • Case study: learn how to validate your student, client, or patient’s progress by addressing vulnerabilities with a Social Operating System

Learn a lot to help your students, clients, and patients—and a lot about yourself, given how this fascinating topic impacts us all!


*Treatment refers to using conceptual and strategy-based frameworks to help individuals improve their social competencies.

What You Will Learn
Schedule
CE Credit

At this conference, earn continuing education units/credits/clock hours at no additional cost! Each course offers 6 hours of instruction and each attendee will be given a certificate of attendance and a course agenda for their records.

 

We are proud to be a continuing education provider for Speech-Language Pathologists, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, Clinical and School Psychologists, and Certified Counselors, such as Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors, and others.

 

We offer continuing education units/credits/clock hours through:

  • ASHA: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • CES: Commonwealth Educational Seminars
  • NBCC: National Board for Certified Counselors
  • And more!

 

Click here to see more Continuing Education Information

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Friday October 18, 2019

Case Journeys: Treatment Planning for Improving Social Competencies

ages 4 - adult

Watching a clinical case study, or “case journey,” unfold overtime can be very informative and powerful—and gaining tools to unpack the case journeys of the individuals you support is even better. In this course, we explore several clinical case journeys and apply a unique six-step decision-making template as a guide through the treatment process. We also help you organize your treatment planning according to our two new foundational categories: how the social world works and how I work (navigate to regulate) in the social world.


Learn a variety of concepts, frameworks, and strategies to build social competencies that align with an individual’s age, personality, social learning strengths/challenges, developmental abilities, and mental health challenges. In the afternoon, we will divide into groups based on student, client, or patient age and explore how different case journeys unfold. Members of the Social Thinking Training and Speakers’ Collaborative will share their own clinical case journeys and treatment ideas, and you will get the opportunity to practice using the six-step tool with your own cases. Get lots of hands-on participation and learning in this course!

Description

Watching a clinical case study, or “case journey,” unfold can be very informative and powerful— and gaining tools to unpack the case journeys of the individuals you support is even better. In this course, join us to:


  • Unpack the Six Steps for Treatment* Decision-Making template and practice using it with your caseload or family member(s)
  • Organize your treatment planning according to our two new foundational categories: how the social world works and how I work (navigate to regulate) in the social world. These categories will help you identify which frameworks from the Social Thinking Methodology to use to support individuals’ specific needs
  • Review the six layers of evidence supporting the Social Thinking Methodology and connect the layers of evidence to the treatment planning process
  • Explore a conceptual framework, the Social Thinking–Social Competency Model (SCM), to guide treatment based on an individual’s needs. We will demonstrate how the SCM intersects with the Social Thinking Social Learning Tree
  • Explore how treatment frameworks and strategies can be used in unison to develop different aspects of social-emotional learning
  • Discover how the same treatment frameworks and strategies can be used differently for individuals based on age and social learning development

Attendees are giving this course great reviews, here are a few that we received:


“A really great way of connecting all the concepts and curricula that I've learned over the years. Now I can see how to frame my thinking/approach to therapy.”
– Katrina, Speech-Language Pathologist


“I am so incredibly grateful for the experience of coming to this course. It was so helpful to learn what I need to be doing differently to have better treatment yet feel reassured that I'm doing lots of things right! I continue to be inspired by this work and the amazing cohorts who teach me.”
– Meredith, Social Worker


“Every therapist, parent, pediatrician, and educator needs to come to this!”
– Conference Attendee


*Treatment refers to using conceptual and strategy-based frameworks to help individuals improve their social competencies.

What You Will Learn
Schedule
CE Credit

At this conference, earn continuing education units/credits/clock hours at no additional cost! Each course offers 6 hours of instruction and each attendee will be given a certificate of attendance and a course agenda for their records.

 

We are proud to be a continuing education provider for Speech-Language Pathologists, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, Clinical and School Psychologists, and Certified Counselors, such as Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors, and others.

 

We offer continuing education units/credits/clock hours through:

  • ASHA: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • CES: Commonwealth Educational Seminars
  • NBCC: National Board for Certified Counselors
  • And more!

 

Click here to see more Continuing Education Information

What People Are Saying

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CE Credit: Only those registering as Professionals will have access to continuing education credit.

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Professionals are defined as individuals who will use the information presented at the conference as part of their paraprofessional or professional work.
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$242.99

Non Professional

Non Professionals are defined as individuals who are 1. Family members or caregivers assisting those in their care with social learning challenges 2. Students enrolled in an academic program who are training to become a paraprofessional or professional.
25% Off
$202.49

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2 Day Pass

11% Off 2 Day

Professional

Professionals are defined as individuals who will use the information presented at the conference as part of their paraprofessional or professional work.
10% Off
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Non Professionals are defined as individuals who are 1. Family members or caregivers assisting those in their care with social learning challenges 2. Students enrolled in an academic program who are training to become a paraprofessional or professional.
25% Off
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11% Off 2 Day
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Full 3 day Conference

Up to 20% Off

Professional

Professionals are defined as individuals who will use the information presented at the conference as part of their paraprofessional or professional work.
10% Off
$611.99

Non Professional

Non Professionals are defined as individuals who are 1. Family members or caregivers assisting those in their care with social learning challenges 2. Students enrolled in an academic program who are training to become a paraprofessional or professional.
25% Off
$509.99

Full 3 day Conference

Up to 20% Off
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1 Day Pass

Professional

Professionals are defined as individuals who will use the information presented at the conference as part of their paraprofessional or professional work.
10% Off
$269.99

Non Professional

Non Professionals are defined as individuals who are 1. Family members or caregivers assisting those in their care with social learning challenges 2. Students enrolled in an academic program who are training to become a paraprofessional or professional.
25% Off
$229.49

1 Day Pass

$242.99

2 Day Pass

11% Off 2 Day

Professional

Professionals are defined as individuals who will use the information presented at the conference as part of their paraprofessional or professional work.
10% Off
$479.99

Non Professional

Non Professionals are defined as individuals who are 1. Family members or caregivers assisting those in their care with social learning challenges 2. Students enrolled in an academic program who are training to become a paraprofessional or professional.
25% Off
$407.99

2 Day Pass

11% Off 2 Day
$431.99

Full 3 day Conference

Up to 20% Off

Professional

Professionals are defined as individuals who will use the information presented at the conference as part of their paraprofessional or professional work.
10% Off
$679.99

Non Professional

Non Professionals are defined as individuals who are 1. Family members or caregivers assisting those in their care with social learning challenges 2. Students enrolled in an academic program who are training to become a paraprofessional or professional.
25% Off
$577.99

Full 3 day Conference

Up to 20% Off
$611.99

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    Wed Oct 16, 2019

    The Informal Dynamic Assessment and Core Treatment Strategies

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    Thu Oct 17, 2019

    Emotions Part 2: Emotion-Based Strategies to Foster Relationship Development and Academic and Career Performance

    SOLD OUT
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    Fri Oct 18, 2019

    Case Journeys: Treatment Planning for Improving Social Competencies

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