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

Tacoma, WA | November 4 - 6, 2019

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Social Thinking Tacoma Conference
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  • Courtyard Tacoma Downtown
  • 1515 Commerce St
  • Tacoma, WA 98402
  • 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.


    Important Note
    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!


    Hotel Discount
    Get a discounted hotel room through the Social Thinking Group Block! Make reservations online or call 253-591-9100 and provide code “STFO” to get the group rate.

  • Discounted Hotel Rooms Available through 10/14/2019
Description

Professionals, family members, and caretakers—join us to discover concepts and strategies to improve social competencies in those you support. (You may even find the information helpful in your own life as well!) The Social Thinking Methodology is used by a wide range of professionals, including speech-language pathologists, special and general education teachers, social workers, counselors, clinical and school psychologists, occupational therapists, behavior specialists, school administrators, paraprofessionals, marriage and family therapists, and medical professionals, to name a few.


Who We Help

The Social Thinking Methodology is designed to help individuals ages 4 to 80 who have solid to strong language and learning skills. The information taught in each course is intended to be used with a select age group; see course details below for the ages each course serves. While our deeper work is for individuals with social learning challenges who may have autism spectrum levels 1 and 2, ADHD, social communication disorders, social anxiety, twice exceptionalism, or no diagnosis, a subset of our work is being adopted into mainstream classrooms and workplaces around the world to improve social-emotional learning for all.

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You deserve to be treated well! We are proud to provide conference attendees with all day coffee & tea and a full lunch buffet with afternoon dessert. A sampling of vegetarian & gluten free options are available. For additional dietary allergies or restrictions, please plan accordingly.

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, need help registering, or have a concern please contact us!

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Monday November 4, 2019

Emotions Part 1: Understanding Emotions and Strategies to Develop Self-Regulation

ages 5 - adult

How much do we really understand about emotions? In this first course in our two-part series on emotions, explore the power of emotions, how the brain processes negative and positive emotions differently, and why this is important when helping individuals better self-regulate their emotions and behavior. Discover why negative emotions tend to take center stage and often become barriers to personal and academic achievement—and strategies to break the cycle. Explore how self-conscious emotions can shut us down or fuel our success, the impact of emotion on memory, how past emotional experiences can impact decision making, and more. Practice using hands-on tools and activities to help your students, clients, and patients understand their own complex emotions and ultimately develop self-regulation.
Description

Overview of the Emotions series:
In our two-course Emotions series, explore how emotions are the undercurrent of all forms of social communication and are at the heart of personal problem solving, motivation, relationships, and life memories (episodic memory). This information applies to everyone, including typically developing individuals, but this series focuses on teaching about emotion to individuals with social-emotional learning challenges. Across the two courses, discover how to teach students, clients, and patients about their emotions and build self-regulation across three contexts: 1. Me: pursuing goals to meet the individual’s needs; 2. We: working collectively to be part of a group (e.g., in the classroom, on the playground, at a restaurant, on a team); 3. Us: interacting face-to-face with one or more people. Engage in hands-on activities and explore use of treatment* scales and frameworks to help your students, clients, and patients unpack the social-emotional experience and understand how emotions take center stage in all aspects of life.


Emotions Part 1:
In this first course in the series, explore information and research-based treatment ideas spanning these topics to help individuals understand and regulate their emotions:


  • The negative¬–positive emotional framework and how the brain processes negative emotions differently than positive emotions
  • Emotions and personal memory making (episodic memories), which are required in all environments, including in school, community, home, and vocational settings
  • Memory and narrative language: how emotions impact how we explain ourselves to others
  • Strategies to break the cycle when a student, client, or patient gets stuck recalling only negative experiences
  • The difference between feelings and emotions
  • Hands-on activities to explore the depth and complexity of an individual’s feelings and emotions. Practice using treatment tools (e.g., visual scales, treatment frameworks, etc.) that help make the complicated social experience more explicit and understandable
  • The definition of self-conscious emotions and their tie to social anxiety
  • How emotions are embedded within the Social Thinking–Social Competency Model
  • How Superflex’s Worry Wall and other Unthinkable characters can be used to encourage expression of the emotional self to foster self-regulation
  • The use of manipulatives to guide individuals to express their feelings and experiences, and to socially problem solve when language falls short
  • Case study: Review of longitudinal treatment for a grumpy 13-year-old; how the invention of the Pyramid of Dislike, paired with Social Thinking’s Friendship Pyramid, provided self-discovery and motivation to increase peer engagement and emotional satisfaction
  • And much more!

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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Tuesday November 5, 2019

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

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 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 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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Wednesday November 6, 2019

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.


*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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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.
10% Off
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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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$215.99

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
$431.99

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
$359.99

2 Day Pass

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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Full Price (OCT 24 - NOV 06)

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

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