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Key Topics: Relationship development, friendship, social anxiety

Brand New Course What’s a Friend, and Do I Really Need Friends? Strategies to Promote Friendship & Handle Social Dislikes While Fostering Relationship Development

This course explores:

  • General social expectations tied to friendship across different developmental ages
  • Visual frameworks, teaching scaffolds, and practical strategies to help students understand and engage in relationship development
  • The role of metacognition in making and keeping friends
  • Tips for managing social anxiety and developing relationships

 

3.5 hours of training and CE credit available for select professionals. For any special accommodations or assistance with resources email us.

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What’s a Friend, and Do I Really Need Friends?

Strategies to Promote Friendship & Handle Social Dislikes While Fostering Relationship Development

Please note that this course begins promptly at 9:00 am Pacific Time. The ability to make and keep a friend is something most of us take for granted. However, when it’s hard to make a friend or a friendship dissolves into dislikes, it’s important to have metacognitively based concepts and strategies to help us engage to meet our own personal goals. In this livestream-recorded online training, we’ll unpack different aspects of peer-based relations, from friendship to dislike, and provide practical strategies and perspective-taking activities to encourage student motivation to continue to develop increasingly complex relational social competencies as they age.

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Brand new course streaming live for the first time! Replay access from Nov 9 – Nov 30.

Individual / Small Group
$49.00 per attendee
1-4 Attendees
25% Discount
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Team / Large Group
$45.00 per attendee
5 or more attendees
30% Discount
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Non-Professional & Family
$35.00 per attendee
Intended to help people using the information in their personal lives.
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Detailed Description

Who should attend

For many children, making and keeping a friend is as easy as learning to hop, skip, and jump. However, as we age, friendships become more layered and complicated. For some students, peer-based friendships, even as younger children, are something that’s never made sense to them. Based on our work with older students and mature adults, we’ve learned how important relationship development and maintenance is to one’s mental health and sense of belonging in any community, around the world. In this livestream-recorded training, we’ll seek to make implicit information about friendship explicit using visual frameworks, teaching scaffolds, and exploring practical strategies to help our students engage in relationship development in a manner that meets their own goals.


We’ll begin with concepts and strategies to help social emotional learners find their motivation. We’ll define and explore the value of we-thinking vs. me-thinking, related hidden social expectations, as well as describe a visual and language-based tool to help students define what friendliness looks like to them. To this end, we’ll also explore nuanced dynamics in different types of friendships through the use of the Friendship Pyramid and demonstrate how this dovetails with the Pyramid of Dislike.


Frankly, the concept of “friend” is complicated, and friendships are living organisms that take work to maintain. Once you have a friend, there is no guarantee you’ll keep that friend. Friends come and go within our lives, and even if we are friends on Instagram, we may not be friends in our face-to-face lives. To further muddy the waters, one person can at times be a friend and at other times be someone we want to avoid or even make fun of.


Friendships can provide enjoyment and satisfaction, but they can also make us feel angry, socially anxious, and/or sad. We’ll provide an overview and tips to help individuals develop awareness of possible social anxiety and learn strategies to navigate through it.


In this livestream-recorded training, we’ll share information regarding:


  • General social expectations tied to friendship across different developmental ages
  • How friendships with teachers and other adults are different from friendships with peers
  • The role of metacognition in making and keeping friends
  • An overview of different types of “friends”: The Friendship Pyramid
  • Relationships are not always friendly: The Pyramid of Dislike
  • Feelings are at the core of friendship: Introducing the Friendliness Detector
  • Am I really your friend?
  • How do I figure out who I might want to be friends with?
  • Step-by-step teaching how to appear approachable: The 4 Steps of Face-to-Face Communication
  • Social Feedback Loop: Detecting when’s a good time vs. a not-so-good time to approach others in a friendly manner
  • Helping students identify their strengths and weaknesses when it comes to making friends
  • Our inner voices (e.g., inner critic and inner coach) have something to say to us: When is it a good idea to listen?
  • Tips for managing through one’s social anxiety

Who Should Attend

The Social Thinking Methodology is used by a wide variety of professionals; including speech-language pathologists, special and general education teachers, social workers, counselors, clinical and school psychologists, occupational therapists, behavior specialists, and school administrators to name a few. It’s also used by family members and caregivers across settings.

Learning Objectives and Agenda

Objectives

Participants will be able to:


  1. Describe why “we-thinking” is an essential ingredient when making and sustaining peer-based friends
  2. Describe the six levels on the Friendship Pyramid
  3. Describe the purpose of using the Pyramid of Dislike when teaching about friendship
  4. Explain how a student’s inner voice can promote or discourage attempts at making friends

Agenda
Subject to change without notice.


9:00 - 10:30 AM

  • General social expectations tied to friendship across different developmental ages
  • How friendships with teachers and other adults are different from friendships with peers
  • The role of metacognition in making and keeping friends
  • An overview of different types of “friends”: The Friendship Pyramid
  • Relationships are not always friendly: The Pyramid of Dislike
  • Feelings are at the core of friendship: introducing The Friendliness Detector
  • How do I figure out who I might want to be friends with?

10:30 -10:40 AM Break


10:40 AM - 12:10 PM

  • Step-by-step teaching how to appear approachable: The 4 Steps of Face-to-Face Communication
  • Social Feedback Loop: Detecting when’s a good time vs. a not-so-good time to approach others in a friendly manner
  • Helping the students identify their strengths and weaknesses when it comes to making friends
  • Our inner voices (e.g., inner critic and inner coach) have something to say to us: When is it a good idea to listen?
  • Tips for managing through one’s social anxiety

12:10 - 12:40 PM Question & Answer session with the speakers

Continuing Education Credit

3.5 hours toward CE credit, if applicable

Click here to see if you can receive CE credit by Profession and by State

 

We are proud to provide access to continuing education credit for:


  • Speech-Language Pathologists (livestream and On Demand)
  • Educators (livestream and On Demand)
  • Counselors (only for watching livestream)
  • NY State Social Workers (only for watching livestream)
  • ...and others!


Livestream Events Accessing Certificates of Attendance and/or CE certificate(s)

Immediately following the livestream course, an email will be sent with a link to verify your attendance. After receiving your response, we will email an access link to the certificate of attendance and other CE documents if applicable. An online form will be available to SLPs at that time to submit their ASHA info to claim ASHA CEUs.


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Technical requirements to participate in livestream events

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Livestream compatible browser

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