The Social Mind® provides unique training opportunities for professionals, paraprofessionals, parents and carers, working with kids and adults experiencing social learning challenges.  We also distribute a specialised range of educational resources that we consider to be of the highest quality, and are also sensitive to the aspirations of the communities within which we work.

The Social Mind embraces neurodiversity and acknowledges the unique skills, identity and aspirations of every child and adult accessing our resources. We encourage users of our resources to work cooperatively with clients, to strengthen their unique sense of identity, and further develop their capacity to exercise agency in their lives.

It is our hope that our business furthers the aspirations of our clients and customers, whatever those aspirations may be.

The Social Mind® is in its 12th year of trading with a few name changes along the way, reflecting the steady growth and development of the business.  For over a decade now we have established a reputation for delivering quality service and supplying educational resources that help to change lives.

The Social Mind® is the Registered Trademark of The Social Mind Pty Ltd ACN 624 876 624, owned and operated by Peter Batten. If you scroll down you’ll find more information about Peter and our company, but first, let us tell you something about the major authors we recommend and support.

The Social Mind® Pty Ltd is proud to be Australia’s only licensed reseller of Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking® books and training resources. We supply Social Thinking® resources to countries in the region and host Michelle’s speaking tours of Australia.

We believe that Social Thinking® provides a terrific framework for teaching our kids the social cognition skills they may lack, to help them navigate the social world.  Peter, our Company Director and CEO, has trained in Michelle Garcia Winner’s Clinic in San Jose California.  Peter has a wealth of experience using Social Thinking® resources across the whole range of social learning difficulties, both diagnosed and undiagnosed.  Peter is always happy to answer your questions about our Social Thinking® products and you can contact him by phoning (02) 5105 52 62 (if phoning from Australia) or +61 2 5105 5262 (if phoning from outside Australia) or by email peter@socialmind.com.au

If you are new to Social Thinking® and want to know where to start, you can read Where Do I Start with Social Thinking? by Michelle Garcia Winner and Deborah Meringolo. You can view Michelle Garcia Winner explaining Social Thinking® on YouTube hereMore YouTube Social Thinking® videos can be found here. Many FREE articles on Social Thinking® can be found hereFind out how Michelle Garcia Winner Came to be in the Film “Life, Animated” here.

Social Thinking® is a registered trademark of Michelle Garcia Winner and Think Social Publishing Inc.  A guide to sharing Social Thinking’s® Intellectual Property can be found here.

 

Peter has worked across a range of settings with “challenging” kids and strongly believes in the approach to behaviour, problem solving and skills development pioneered by Dr Ross Greene – Collaborative and Proactive Solutions® (CPS).  Dr Greene’s approach places the child in the centre of any treatment strategy and focuses on addressing unsolved problems and lagging skills.  This proactive approach to child development gives hope and direction to all involved in shaping young lives and aligns with our belief that kids would do well if they could do well.  CPS puts the humanity back into child development and stands in stark contrast to other approaches which attempt to shape behaviour through rewards and consequences.

The Social Mind is proud to host both live speaking tours to Australia by Ross Greene and online training during the pandemic.  Our aim in hosting training events with Dr Greene is to expand the use of his CPS model throughout Australia and New Zealand.  We believe Collaborative and Proactive Solutions provides the ideal framework within which to identify and teach our kids the skills they may lack and help them make a positive contribution to their families and their communities and live fulfilling lives.  We believe training in Dr Greene’s CPS model to be well suited for anyone using Social Thinking® methodology in their pedagogical practice.

Collaborative and Proactive Solutions® (CPS) is a registered Trademark of Dr Ross Greene.  You can read more about the model HERE.  Research to support the model is available HERE.

 

The Social Mind is a proud collaborator with  Leah Kuypers, the creator and author of The Zones of Regulation, a framework to foster self-regulation and emotional control.  The Zones of Regulation has been enthusiastically received by educators, therapists and parents around the world.

 

To date over 100,000 copies of The Zones of Regulation book have been sold and the framework has been implemented in schools across Australia to support students’ social emotional learning. ​ Leah’s simple to use framework is having an impact where it matters most, by giving kids strategies to self-regulate their emotions, enabling them to not only understand the impact their behaviour has on others, but to ensure that their behaviour is putting them in the best position to succeed.  Leah’s work is changing lives.

The Zones of Regulation is published by Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking (Think social Publishing Inc).  We believe that the “Zones” is a fantastic self-regulation methodology for anyone using Social Thinking strategies to develop social competencies, they go hand-in-hand.

You can find out more about Leah’s best selling book here.  You can find out about Leah’s next scheduled “live” training in Australia here.  Leah’s webinars are on her US website here.

The Zones of Regulation® is the Registered Trademark of Leah Kuypers (Kuypers Consulting Inc).  A guide to sharing The Zones of Regulation Intellectual Property can be Found here.

 

…and finally, a bit more about us.  The Social Mind® is owned and operated by Peter Batten.

Peter is a therapist and educator who has worked with a range of client groups including street kids, kids with a disability and trauma survivors. Peter specialises in Autism, anxiety and child behaviour. Over a long career Peter has worked across a range of settings, including youth refuges, youth detention centres, schools, family clinics and private practice. Of note, Peter won an Inclusion Award for the ground breaking program he developed transitioning kids on the Spectrum, from mainstream Primary School, through High School and on to higher education and work.

At The Social Mind® we find that when you take the time to listen to the perspective of kids experiencing social learning challenges, they all have goals and aspirations. What’s often missing is someone with the knowledge needed to advocate on their behalf, teach them the skills they need to navigate a neurotypical world, and access to resources that help them develop and exercise agency in their lives.

Embracing neurodiversity and individual identity, removing barriers and teaching skills, have become a fundamental tenants of The Social Mind® philosophy, and that shared belief is what attracts us to the authors we support.

By way of background, in the 1990’s Peter broadened his psychology training from counselling and therapy to the psychology of organisations and large systems. During this period he gained experience consulting on Australian aid projects in Papua New Guinea where he facilitated “design” workshops to obtain the input of the “end beneficiaries” of the aid project, to define the problem being addressed along with an achievable outcome, from the point of view of the “end beneficiary”.  As it turned out, this was a very similar process to Dr Ross Greene’s Collaborative Problem Solving model we now promote.

Peter was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2008 to study innovative ways to support kids with social learning challenges, and spent three months visiting programs across the USA and UK.  This study tour was prompted by Peter’s interest in “mentoring” kids with a neurodiverse background. During this study tour Peter spent time in Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking® Clinic in California, attended as many of Michelle’s workshops as he could, and visited numerous programs and practitioners across the USA and UK who were using innovative approaches and respectfully working with neuodiversity, from early learners through to adults.

Following this study tour, Peter invited Michelle to visit Australia and hosted a five city speaking tour, Peter had no previous experience running training events mind you. Crazy?  Sure was, but that was how this business started.  There were books left over following Michelle’s first tour of Australia in 2010 and Michelle asked Peter if he could sell them. He set up a website and those books slowly started to sell.

But you have to start somewhere when you believe in something. One of the big lessons we’ve learnt along the way is to never give up. The business Peter established in 2010 to host those first workshops and sell a few left over books, now imports stock from the USA every few weeks to keep up with the demand. We even run our own packing and dispatch centre providing employment to local College and University students, most of them studying for careers in the helping professions.

We believe that providing parents and professionals with good training and quality resources is the key to helping kids and families. The Social Mind® hosts training events featuring Michelle Garcia Winner, Leah Kuypers and Dr Ross Greene.  We have taken our speakers to locations around Australia, from Port Lincoln to Sydney, from Melbourne to Perth and from Hobart to Cairns.  We take our International speakers to capital cities and off the beaten track. We are even planning to extend our “live” training opportunities into New Zealand post the pandemic.

But our aim has always remained the same, to make available in Australia (and New Zealand), the same high quality training Peter had access to during his 2008 Churchill Fellowship to the USA & UK.  He had to travel overseas to access that training, now we bring the speakers to you.

We here at The Social Mind® firmly believe that a committed relationship can change the life of any young person – we provide the training and the resources, you provide the committed relationship.

Customer Service

Peter is always happy to answer your questions, provide advice about our products and solve any problems.  You can contact us by email info@socialmind.com.au or by phoning (02) 5105 5262 (if phoning from Australia) or +61 2 5105 5262 (if phoning from outside Australia). Author’s note – allow some time if you call, the boss loves a “chat”.

Here is just some of the feedback we have received.

Hi Peter, Thanks very much for making the process super easy, and providing such good customer service! (Parent)

Hi Peter, I attended the training last week with Ross Greene – this is by far the best training I have ever done – it fills so many gaps for me in my clinical practice – Ross Greene’s ideas about lagging skills and unresolved problems aligns beautifully for me…. thank you for providing the opportunity to do this training – warm regards (Child Behaviour Specialist)

I truly love attending your workshops, and have now seen Michelle Garcia Winner, Leah Kuypers and Ross Greene. I am always so inspired by the information and it truly changes my practice every time. I don’t think I have ever been to any other courses that are so well organised, great food and venues and such extensive resources and books available. Your communication with participants is also second to none.

Thanks so much for bringing such a valuable speaker to a regional town. Please keep me on your mailing list for any upcoming workshops this year and the years to follow. I am now looking to get certified in this area and help others implement Ross’s model. Just a quick note to say thank you for doing this valuable service!!!

Dear Peter, I wanted to thank you for what you’ve done to make this event happen. It is so fundamentally important for our children, and our world.  Looking forward to Ross’ next visit.  Please keep me on your mailing list!

Please pass on to Michelle my profound thanks, today was a literal LIFE ALTERING day.  It was a pleasure to meet you both and appreciate first hand the work Michelle does. Many thanks (Autism Support Coordination Team Leader)

Thank you so much for making the opportunity available to have Social Thinking in Melbourne. It was by far the best PD I have ever done. Not only was the content extraordinary but your organisation of the last few days was on point.  Thank you again. (Occupational Therapist)

I Just wanted to say a big thank you to yourself, Michelle, Ryan and Carrie for the 3 day workshops. It was worth the trip from Copenhagen. It was absolutely fantastic. So thanks again.  (International School Psychologist)

I have learnt so much in the last 3 days. Hearing fantastic personal stories and meeting fellow workers on the learning journey as we strive to understand more about how our clients see their world.  I listened in awe to Michelle as she shared her “Social Thinking” knowledge. It was mind blowing!!!!  Now the challenge will be to digest and understand more fully her words of wisdom and begin applying her little gems into my workplace and life.  (Preschool Field Officer)

A huge thank you goes to you and your team for assisting with getting Michelle here, to Melbourne, to share her wisdom and knowledge on the informative topic of ‘Emotions’. Both seminars I attended were superb with a lot of ‘aha moments’ for myself.  I’m looking forward to broadening my learning with help and guidance from your wonderful speakers in the future. (ASD Integration/Education Support Officer)

Many thanks to Michelle for such an insightful and inspiring workshop! I have learnt so much from it and am really grateful for the wonderful information. (SLP)

The workshop was outstanding and very informative, Michelle is an amazing and inspiring speaker and great advocate for people with social/communication issues. Your efforts for the day were much appreciated. (General Practitioner)

BEST PD I have ever attended.   It was just…wow!!! Thanks Peter. (Teacher)

With regard to Ross, WOW. So proficient, he makes it sound so logical and easy doesn’t he? Clearly it’s not easy, and it didn’t come about overnight, but the way Ross’ thinking has evolved to put in such a practical model for us all to use, that will ultimately have such important implications who all we work with…. well that’s just so commendable.  Can’t wait to get “good at this” and apply it daily in my life, and in my practice at work.  Cheers and thanks for making this happen.

Thanks so much for hosting the workshop yesterday. It was super informative and my husband and I both feel we have a better understanding of the CPS model to support our 3 kids. I thought I’d cheekily offer our family if you need a volunteer case study for when Ross returns for advanced training!

It was an absolute pleasure attending Ross’s workshop yesterday – my brain is full, and inspiration overflowing! I am definitely interested in attending Ross’s advanced workshop in future.  I would like to add a BIG thank you for organising and managing the event! You and your colleagues managed to make a big group still feel intimate, and your passion and respect for Ross’s work really shone through. What a joy it was!

Thank you so much for allowing me the opportunity to listen to Ross in Brisbane. He is truly an inspiration. I hope to be able to use some of the knowledge I have gained from the workshop with in my classroom and at home with my own children. I have begun reading his book The Explosive Child and I am already learning so much.

Peter, Thank you again for bringing such great PD to Melbourne.  I have already changed my practise and met with a preschool team last night and removed the focus from behaviour management – we plan to try the ALSUP next week. I am also grateful for the reminder to include the children in the problem solving process – I know I do that in clinic sessions but possibly not enough in initial planning.

Thank you Peter! I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop.

Hi Peter, Thank you so much for organising Ross Greene to come out. The workshop was amazing and I am super inspired to give it a “red hot go”.  Can’t wait for next year’s workshops so please keep me in the loop.

Hi Peter, Thanks so much for this organisation! I must say I have used 2 of the skills that he taught yesterday with 2 children in today’s sessions and although I am still grappling with the language I am mighty impressed with the process and the outcomes that we achieved with this, so nice to be reminded to just let things happen in the time that is needed. Looking forward to Ross’s next instalments.

Hi Peter, Thank you so much for your amazing customer service this afternoon! I appreciate it so much! Can’t wait to use this resource with our students!! (Teacher)

Thank you Peter! The last 3 days were immensely interesting and will be practically useful in my Speech Pathology clinic and services. Thank you again, this week has been excellent! It has really shifted my view of supporting our client’s social learning with practical intervention tools and strategies I can put into effect immediately. (Speech Pathologist)