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About Us

Our Back-Story

The Social Mind is owned and operated by Peter and Nicole.  Peter is a therapist and educator and was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2008 to study innovative ways to support those with Autism/Asperger’s Syndrome and spent three months visiting programs across the USA and UK.  During this trip Peter studied in Michelle Garcia Winner’s clinic, attended as many of Michelle’s workshops as he could, and visited numerous programs and practitioners across the USA and UK who use Social Thinking® and other innovative approaches to teaching social development across the lifespan.

Following this study tour, Peter invited Michelle Garcia Winner to visit Australia.  Peter & his partner Nicole, personally funded five workshops across Australia in 2010.  How hard can it be?  Well it was hard, but that was the start.  There were books left over following Michelle’s first tour of Australia and Michelle asked Peter & Nicole if they could sell them. They set up a website and those books sat in their hall cupboard for years.

But you have to start somewhere when you believe in something.  There have been many lessons along the way, many mistakes and some failures but Peter & Nicole have never given up.  The business Peter & Nicole set up in 2010 to host those first workshops, Social Inclusion Australia, is now a company, The Social Mind Pty Ltd.  The business moved out of the hall cupboard years ago and now imports stock from the USA every few weeks to keep up with the demand.

Peter & Nicole also host overseas speakers in Australia every year.  Their training workshops are run across Australia.  Their aim is to make available in Australia, the same high quality training Peter had access to during his 2008 Churchill Fellowship to the USA & UK.

Nicole has been Peter’s business partner from the start.  Nicole has an art history & curatorial background and apart from being a fine arts administrator, Nicole has managed projects ranging from large aid & development projects in third world countries to the events of a symphony orchestra.  Nicole is member of the board of an arts organisation in Canberra and mentors women seeking similar leadership roles in organisations.  In her spare time Nicole is an avid reader and dreams of walking the Comino de Santiago trail.

Peter & Nicole have three boys aged 9, 12 & 15, and a Beagle.  The boys and the Beagle have all grown up with Social Thinking.  The boys are big fans of Superflex and have submitted new ideas for “Thinkables” and “Unthinkables” to Michelle Garcia Winner in the hope that they will one day be published.  Never a dull moment in our house!

Our Values

Our business is based on some key beliefs and values that are important to us.  Those beliefs and values have shaped who we are and inspire what we do.

We believe that kids and adults with social learning challenges can make a positive contribution to their communities and live fulfilling lives, and like all of us, they do better with support.

We believe that some kids and adults may have a “lagging social development skill set” when compared with their peers, and that teaching the social development skills they need to navigate their way through life, is a better approach to punishing them for not having yet developed those skills.

We believe that relationships provide the context for teaching and modelling social competencies.  Progress can be slow and at times difficult, but it is important to hang in there, be authentic, see every “problem” as a teaching opportunity and keep moving forward.

We believe it is important to get good training and support to keep moving forward. This is why the educational resources we sell and the speakers we bring to Australia, are those we consider to be some of the best available, so parents, carers and professionals are well equipped and well supported in the important task of teaching our kids and our clients the social development skills they may lack.

Based on these values, Peter & Nicole have taken the business from its roots in their hall cupboard, to a business that aims to make a positive contribution to social development and to the lives of individuals.

Our Training Workshops

The Social Mind Pty Ltd provides training workshops to interested individuals and organisations.  We only host a few select speakers every year, our Workshop Calendar is here.  Our aim is to make available in Australia, the same high quality training Peter had access to during his 2008 Churchill Fellowship to the USA & UK.

Our workshops are suitable for (but not limited to) health professionals, psychologists, therapists, counsellors, social workers, speech language pathologists, occupational therapists, school psychologists, school administrators, school principals, classroom teachers, special education teachers, teacher aids, disability workers, autism specialists, policy makers and administrators, juvenile justice workers, child protection workers, mental health practitioners, youth workers, residential and respite care workers, chaplains, nurses, child behaviour specialists and of course parents and carers.

There are no formal prerequisites to attending our training workshops.  Anyone interested in the workshop content is welcome to attend, however you do so under your own volition.

Our Associates

A list of our Associates can be found here.  We receive a lot of requests to locate providers who have a similar ethos to us.  As a consequence, we are developing a list of our “Associates”, so people can find providers in their area.  Over time this list will grow.  We receive no financial incentives from the organisations and individuals to have their services promoted on our website, we see it more like a community service.  It goes without saying that not all providers on our list will be a good match for your needs, you’ll have to check them out yourself.

Our Products

We only sell products via our website that we believe to be helpful in teaching the social development skills some kids may lack.  While we have associations with various publishers whose resources we sell, we acknowledge that there may be other resources that are also helpful. We are always happy to order in resources we don’t stock, you only have to contact us, we are always happy to help if we can.

All Social Thinking® resources are sold under an agreement with Michelle Garcia Winner’s Think Social Publishing Inc.  We also have agreements with other publishers to sell their products and as mentioned above, we can order in stock that is not displayed on our website.

Our Website

The Social Mind Pty Ltd is the registered owner of www.socialmind.com.au

Australian Goods and Services Tax

All prices on our website are in Australian Dollars and are inclusive of GST (the Australian Goods and Services Tax).  The website is set to geolocate the country you are viewing from and does not display the Australian Goods and Services Tax (GST) when viewing the website outside Australia.  Sales made to countries outside Australia, do not pay the Australian Tax (GST). Our Website Terms of Use statement can be found here.

Our Options for Ordering

Information on How to Order is here.

Our Postage Options

Information on postage is here.

Our Contact Details

You can contact us by phoning (02) 5105 5262 (if phoning from Australia) or +61 2 5105 5262 (if phoning from outside Australia), or by email [email protected]

Our Postal Address

Our postal address is PO Box 4170 HAWKER  ACT  2614 AUSTRALIA.

Our Business Details

If you are setting us up on your payment system as a vendor or resource provider, as many schools, Government Departments and business organisations have, our business name is The Social Mind Pty Ltd, our Australian Business Number (ABN) is 61 624 876 624, our postal address is above and if your system requires a street address you can contact us for that by email [email protected] or phone (02) 5105 5262.  Our Bank Details are BSB 112 908 Account Number 441 333 732 Account Name The Social Mind Pty Ltd.  We are registered for GST.

Your Privacy

Our Privacy Policy can be found here

Returning Products

Our Returns Policy can be found here

Workshop Policies

Our Workshop Policies can be found here

Customer Service

We are always happy to answer your questions, provide advice about our products and solve any problems.  You can contact us by email [email protected] or by phoning (02) 5105 5262 (if phoning from Australia) or +61 2 5105 5262 (if phoning from outside Australia).

Here is just some of the feedback we have received.  You can read more here.

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.