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

Bay Area, CA | November 28 - 30, 2018

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  • Holiday Inn San Francisco Airport
  • 275 South Airport Blvd.
  • South San Francisco, CA 94080
  • 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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    Our conferences can sell out well in advance. Please register and receive your confirmation number BEFORE booking travel arrangements. We’d hate for you to show up and not have a seat!


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Description

In South San Francisco, discover four unique assessment tasks to reveal how individuals process and respond to social information in real time. Learn to apply popular Superflex and Social Detective curriculum and vocabulary to help kids develop core social competencies. Uncover the reasons negative emotions can take over and explore new treatment tools for understanding the role of emotions in social interactions and cognitions.

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We are proud to be one of the only companies in education that feeds both your mind and body. Each day of the conference, enjoy a full lunch complete with bottomless coffee and tea - on the house! Vegetarian and gluten-free options will be available. For additional dietary allergies or restrictions, please plan accordingly.


We also want to make sure you are getting the best deal possible for your budget and are happy to provide you with Early Bird and Team Discount Rates.

General Schedule
  • 7:30 am - 8:30 am: Sign in, get name badge & folder 
    8:30 am – 12:00 pm: Conference 
    12:00 pm – 12:50 pm: Lunch Provided 
    12:50 pm – 3:45 pm: Conference

     

    If you have questions, concerns, or need help registering, please contact us!

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Wednesday November 28, 2018

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 thinking, skills, and 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 November 29, 2018

Social Detective, Superflex®, and Friends Take On Social-Emotional Learning

ages 5 - 14

You've asked for this course! Learn how to teach the award-winning You Are a Social Detective! and Superflex curriculum to boost social awareness and self-regulation. We’ll explain the critical scope and sequencing required to teach these materials with fidelity and improve social competencies. These books are designed for elementary school children, but we’ll explain how to modify them for use with older kids. Lessons support Social and Emotional Learning programs (SEL), Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), and Response to Intervention (RTI). Interactive, creative group activities abound in this conference! Ultimately, learn how to encourage generalization and social learning for a lifetime.
Description

You have been asking about how to use some of our core curricula with different types of learners and ages, and—voila—here is the answer. This course will focus on teaching the strategies in our core curricula You Are a Social Detective!  and Superflex with fidelity, and will share developmentally appropriate tools to foster social attention and self-regulation for students in kindergarten through middle school. Learn creative ideas to help students understand self-awareness, self-monitoring, and self-control through our more advanced teachings of Superflex's Five-Point Power Plan. We demonstrate how to help children become social detectives to figure out the hidden rules, and how to foster your own super-flexible creativity when teaching these lessons to your own children or students. We’ll also examine developmental adaptations to our teachings for different age groups, and provide strategies for helping students who no longer think Superflex and his team of Unthinkables are “cool.”


This interactive course is filled with creative group activities to help our students move from being “Me” thinkers to “We” thinkers, and explores the core concepts applicable throughout the school-age years. We examine how lessons connect to educational/academic standards in the mainstream classroom—our strategies help everyone improve reading comprehension, written expression, conflict resolution, and work as part of a group. We also discuss the connections between the Social Thinking Methodology and Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) programs, Response to Intervention (RTI), and Positive Behavioral Intervention Supports (PBIS).


PLEASE NOTE: This course focuses on the use of Social Thinking’s books You Are a Social Detective!  and Superflex… a Superhero Social Thinking Curriculum to teach concepts related to Social Thinking. Our intention is NOT to market the products, but instead to show how to teach an appropriate scope, sequence, and pacing of the curricula in the manner they were designed. Our hope is to increase the consistency and fidelity in the ways these concepts are taught. If you (or your district or place of employment) are uncomfortable with a full day focusing on strategies related to products, please select another course to attend.


Content Disclosure: This course does not teach about any other methodologies or programs aside from the Superflex Curriculum within the Social Thinking Methodology.

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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EMOTIONS: More Than You Think and All That You Feel

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Friday November 30, 2018

EMOTIONS: More Than You Think and All That You Feel

ages 5 - adult

In this brand-new course, Michelle will examine how emotions are an ever-present undercurrent that influence so much of what we do, including our ability to do group work, social problem solving, relationship building—even impacting our life memories (episodic memories) and fueling our motivation to tackle goals. Discover why negative emotions tend to take center stage and often become barriers to personal and academic achievement—and strategies to break the cycle. Throughout the day, participants will engage in hands-on activities and learn practical treatment tools to help individuals unpack and manage their emotions, express themselves, understand others’ emotions, and strengthen interpersonal social communication. Michelle will be connecting this information to academic standards and 21st century work skills. Attendees will learn a lot about themselves considering this fascinating topic impacts us all!
Description

Michelle sought out research to assist her in developing strategies to help her clients—children through mature adults—who were presenting with powerful anxiety and depression in addition to their weak development of social communication concepts and skills. This course discusses how emotions are part of the inter- and intrapersonal experience and provides concrete strategies to assist those with complex social learning challenges. Many of Michelle’s clients have high IQs but a weak ability to understand their own and others’ emotions, and therefore struggle with personal problem solving and relationship development.


Many of the questions Michelle addresses in this course have been part of her own learning as she reviewed the research and treatment literature: What are emotions? How many ways do we use emotions to regulate ourselves and our interactions with others? Why do negative emotions draw so much attention in our own self-processing? How do different types of emotions impact our learning and expression of what we notice about ourselves in the world? How can we help individuals who get stuck on negative emotions notice that those emotions signal a need to problem solve? How are emotions critical for reading intentions and developing social competencies for increasingly successful social engagement?


To help answer these and other questions, the following topics will be covered:


The role of emotions

  • How emotional processing is accounted for in academic standards and “college and career readiness”
  • How emotional processing is included in 21st century work skills as defined in a report by Google
  • The role of emotional processing in executive functioning, perspective taking, and central coherence
  • What mature adult clients teach us about how we can help children improve social-emotional learning
  • The power of emotions in reading intentions and how one’s intentions are read by others
  • Interpersonal social-emotional communication skills and related strategies
  • Why language falls short when trying to understand our own emotional experiences

Working with depression and anxiety

  • The power of negative emotions and how mood shapes memory as well as narrative language
  • Why the depression?
  • Why do compelling anxieties need to be accounted for during the social learning process for most students?
  • How social anxiety is different from generalized anxiety and, possibly, social phobia
  • How the treatment process must validate new learning while recognizing emotional vulnerabilities on the road to social-emotional learning
  • How social self-awareness can fuel anxiety and depression

Strategies to help

  • Strategies to move past stuck thinking about negative emotions
  • Introducing three levels of teaching with Social Behavior Maps to encourage social self-reflection of the Social-Emotional Chain Reaction
  • The use of emotional journaling as a tool for developing a broader understanding of one’s emotional self
  • How visual manipulatives help to figure out the cause of negative social interactions
  • Specific questions to help individuals define personal problems
  • Realistic social relationship development strategies; exploring the development of the Pyramid of Dislike to be used in conjunction with Social Thinking’s Friendship Pyramid
  • Intrapersonal emotional self-regulation and related strategies
  • Logic and emotion—what’s genuine about not telling the complete truth?

We look forward to hearing your questions as we explore treatment activities and encourage self-exploration. Attendees will learn strategies to use immediately at school, work, and home!

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

Early Bird Price (through NOV 14)

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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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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.
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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.
20% Off
$196.00

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.
30% Off
$171.50

1 Day Pass

$183.75

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.
20% Off
$347.20

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.
30% Off
$303.80

2 Day Pass

11% Off 2 Day
$325.50

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.
20% Off
$495.20

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.
30% Off
$433.30

Full 3 day Conference

Up to 20% Off
$464.25

Full Price (NOV 15 - NOV 30)

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.
20% Off
$245.00

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.
30% Off
$208.25

1 Day Pass

$220.50

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.
20% Off
$434.00

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.
30% Off
$368.90

2 Day Pass

11% Off 2 Day
$390.60

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.
20% Off
$619.00

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.
30% Off
$526.15

Full 3 day Conference

Up to 20% Off
$557.10

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    EMOTIONS: More Than You Think and All That You Feel

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