Strategies to Nurture Resilience and Tenacity Across the Lifespan

June 27, 2021  |  Day 3 of Our 14th Annual Social Thinking Global Providers’ Online Conference

Guest Keynote Speaker: Dr. Robert Brooks

Course Description

Building upon the strength-based approach they have proposed and advocated for years with its focus on reinforcing self-discipline, motivation, hope, and resilience in children and adults, Dr. Robert Brooks and his colleague Dr. Sam Goldstein, have introduced the concept of tenacity. The latter is composed of seven interrelated inborn instincts. These instincts, which are different from fixed patterns of behavior as seen in other species, represent an intuitive way of thinking and acting that contribute to our accomplishments, social relationships, optimism, compassion, resilience, and even survival. In this keynote, Dr. Brooks will identify these seven instincts and offer specific strategies that parents, caregivers, and professionals can use to nurture these forces across the lifespan to improve the lives of both children and adults. Many examples will be used to illustrate the instincts and strategies to reinforce them.



Dr. Robert Brooks is a clinical psychologist on the part-time faculty of Harvard Medical School and former Director of the Department of Psychology at McLean Hospital, a private psychiatric hospital. He has lectured nationally and internationally and written extensively about such themes as: education, clinical interventions, motivation, resilience across the lifespan, parenting, family relationships, and positive school and work environments. He is the author or co-author of 19 books, including Raising Resilient Children; The Power of Resilience: Achieving Balance, Confidence, and Personal Strength in Your Life; Chasing Positivity; and the just published Tenacity in Children: Nurturing the Seven Instincts for Lifetime Success. He has served as a consultant to numerous groups, including Sesame Street Parents’ Magazine. He has received many awards for his work, most recently the Mental Health Humanitarian Award from William James College for his contributions as a clinician, educator, and author. Additional information about Dr. Brooks may be found on his website


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Robert Brooks, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Brooks' Guest Keynote Presentation Day 3: June 27, 2021

Defining 7 Aspects of Tenacity & Exploring Strategies for Social Problem Solving

Day 3 of Our 14th Annual Social Thinking Global Providers’ Online Conference

Please note that this course begins promptly at 9:00 am Pacific Time. Dr. Robert Brooks, clinical psychologist and author, will define seven core elements of resilience and tenacity, as well as discuss strategies to support their development. Using visual supports and frameworks from the Social Thinking Methodology, Michelle Garcia Winner and Dr. Pamela Crooke will focus on ways to help individuals better engage in social problem solving with their chosen mentors to encourage ongoing resilience and tenacity.
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3.5 hours toward CE credit, if applicable
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Other Keynote Speakers on Day 3: June 27, 2021

Michelle Garcia Winner

Michelle Garcia Winner, MA, CCC-SLP specializes in the treatment of individuals with social learning challenges and is the founder and CEO of Social Thinking®, a company dedicated to helping individuals from four through adulthood develop their social competencies to meet their personal social goals. Michelle coined the term “Social Thinking” in the mid-1990s and since that time has created numerous unique treatment frameworks and curricula that help educators, clinicians, professionals of all types, and parents/family members appreciate that social capabilities are integral to a person’s success in life, socially, academically, and professionally.


Michelle helps to develop educational programs, consults with and trains families and schools, and is a guiding presence with a wide range of professionals, politicians, and businesses on the topic of social emotional competencies. She has written and/or co-authored more than 20 books on Social Thinking and her work is being applied not only to persons with higher-functioning autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, ADD/ADHD, and related disabilities, but also more broadly to students in mainstream classrooms and to adults in vocational and professional settings in the U.S. and abroad.


Michelle was honored with a Congressional Special Recognition Award for her groundbreaking work in the field of social learning.


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Michelle Garcia Winner

Michelle Garcia Winner, MA, CCC-SLP, Founder & CEO Social Thinking

Dr. Pamela Crooke

Dr. Pamela Crooke has co-authored, with Michelle Garcia Winner, five award-winning books related to Social Thinking: Socially Curious and Curiously Social, You Are a Social Detective, Social Fortune or Social Fate, Social Town, and their book geared to adults, Good Intentions Are Not Good Enough. She and Winner collaborate on writing articles and blogs that appear on the Social Thinking website and in a wide array of publications.


Pamela is a prolific speaker, giving workshops, presentations, and training staff on the Social Thinking Methodology. She has co-authored books for young children and teens including the Autism Society of America Literary Book of the Year in 2012. She is on the board and/or is a member of a wide range of organizations related to autism and speech/language.


Dr. Pamela Crooke has been the recipient of several foundation and community grants. In 2011, she received the Outstanding Achievement Award with Co-recipient Michelle Garcia Winner from the California Speech, Language and Hearing Association (CSHA).


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Pamela Crooke

Dr. Pamela Crooke, PhD, CCC-SLP, Co-developer of the Social Thinking Methodology & Chief Strategy Officer Social Thinking

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