Once the COVID-19 crisis passes we will run our workshop program again. We won’t sell tickets until we get the all clear to resume normal activities, but we remain hopeful and have the following program booked and ready to go. To help you with your post pandemic planing here it is:
October 2020 – The Zones of Regulation Workshop with Leah Kuypers – Monday 12 October Melbourne and Wednesday 14 October Cairns FNQ. This workshop teaches you how to implement Leah’s internationally recognised Zones of Regulation framework. During the workshop Leah will explain in detail a variety of tools (sensory supports, calming techniques, and thinking strategies) to help students recognise their internal emotions, sensory needs and thinking patterns within in each zone and when shifting from one zone to another. Most importantly you will learn how to teach students to self-regulate within the zones. The approach can be used effectively in the home, at school, and in a range of clinical settings. Workshop participants will learn how to teach the approach as well as when, why and how to use tools effectively. Leah rarely present live seminars these days so this is a not to be missed opportunity.
December 2020 – Make it Stick Parenting Workshop with Elizabeth Sautter and Dr Rebecca Branstetter – Tuesday 15 December 2020 Melbourne and Thursday 17 December 2020 Sydney. This workshop is a must for parents, carers and anyone working with families. You will learn the skills needed to support your child, calm their fears, and maintain some sense of normalcy during times of stress or changes to routine. All kids (and adults!) profit from structure, predictability, and routines during times of uncertainty. Younger children, children with special needs, and children experiencing high levels of situational anxiety need structure even more. As co-creators of Make it Stick Parenting, Elizabeth and Rebecca help parents, carers and those working with families teach their children/clients social-emotional and behavioural self regulation through everyday activities at home. This workshop will equip you with the tools you can tailor to your personal situation and help you keep calm, and support your child. This workshop is a must for parents, carers and any professionals wanting to learn some new skills to help the families they work with so that therapy or school becomes a “team” approach.
February 2021 – Play, Pause Learn – Using Videos and Movies as Social Emotional Learning Tools with Dr Anna Vagin – Tuesday 16 February 2021 Melbourne and Thursday 18 February 2021 Sydney. Watching movies and videos is a way for many families to unwind and spend time together. From the big screen to our pocket-size phones, movies and media are woven into our popular culture. But as entertaining as movies can be, understanding them is actually a very complicated social cognitive process that involves figuring out perspectives and feelings, using inference skills to identify character intentions, and processing rapidly changing social contexts. The good news is media is very engaging, and students are typically eager viewers. Whether you work with students individually or in groups, media can be an excellent source of social learning material for students starting in elementary grades and through young adulthood and Dr Anna Vagin will teach you all you need to know about how to make the best use of videos and movies as a social learning teaching tool. Active listening, processing information from dual (visual and auditory) channels, deciphering abstract and inferential meaning, considering multiple perspectives, and processing the gestalt—the big picture—are all core components in the Social Thinking Methodology (Winner, 2014). Anna will show you how you can support your students in building all these skills using movies and videos. While real life doesn’t have pause and rewind buttons, media does—that’s what makes it so great to use with our students, who often benefit from being able to take two or three looks at a social situation as they try to decipher the complex information it contains. We know from many studies over the past decade that students on the autism spectrum struggle to process the intention behind individuals’ physical movements (Klin, et al., 2009; Kroeger, et al., 2013). We also know that many individuals with ADHD, social pragmatic challenges, twice exceptionality, or anxiety disorder are often overwhelmed when faced with rapidly shifting contexts that demand constant scanning for important social information. Processing what happens in real-life social exchanges is complicated, so it makes sense to use materials that highlight the flow of social interpretation and interaction in ways that we can control. This a highly enjoyable and very practical workshop and will provide you with the theory to support your use of videos and movies to “teach social”.
February 2021 – Executive Functioning with Michelle Garcia Winner – Wednesday 24 February 2021 Melbourne. This workshop provides you with concrete strategies to develop organised thinking and related skills in your child/client. Michelle will provide specific ideas to: encourage motivation; manage road blocks, emotions, and distractions; increase effective use of time; track multiple assignments; and more. This course gets stellar reviews and is my personal favourite.
February 2021 – Social Detective, Superflex®, and Friends Take On Social Emotional Learning with Dr Pamela Crook – Thursday 25 February 2021 Melbourne. Learn how to teach the award-winning You Are a Social Detective! and Superflex Curriculum to boost social awareness and self-regulation in your child/client/student. Pam will explain the critical scope and sequencing required to teach these materials with fidelity and help your students, clients, and patients improve their social competencies. These books are designed for primary school children, but Pam will explain how to modify them for use with older kids. Lessons support social emotional learning (SEL) programs, Positive Behavioural Interventions and Supports (PBIS), and Response to Intervention (RTI). This workshop is full of interactive, creative group activities and is highly recommended for anyone using or wanting to use Social Thinking’s resources, it will teach you how to use them to their full advantage.
February 2021 – A Social Thinking Intensive with Michelle Garcia Winner and Dr Pam Crook – Friday 26 February 2021 Melbourne. Join Michelle and Pam for this small group opportunity to interact closely with the Social Thinking methodology and enhance your professional practice. Numbers will be limited and the venue will be intimate, to make this training opportunity as enriching as possible for those lucky enough to attend.
March 2021 – Helping Behaviourally Challenged Students Do Well, A two day Intensive with Dr Ross Greene – Monday 22 to Tuesday 23 March 2021 Melbourne and Thursday 25 to Friday 26 March 2021 Perth. Dr Ross Greene’s Collaborative and Proactive Solutions (CPS) model represents a significant departure from discipline-as-usual: It focuses on solving problems rather than on modifying behaviour, emphasises collaborative rather than unilateral solutions, encourages proactive rather than reactive intervention, de-emphasises diagnostic categories and provides practical, research-based tools for assessment and intervention. Participants in this workshop will leave with an understanding of the underpinnings of the model, its refinements over the past 8-10 years and practical assessment and intervention tools that can be brought back to and used in a diverse range of settings. The second day is Ross’s Advanced CPS Workshop and dives deeper into the CPS model. The Advanced workshop builds your understanding, to further develop your skills and ability to implement the CPS model.
And that’s just the start. We are working hard to bring a diverse range of speakers to Australia in the second half of 2021. Join our mailing list via the slot toward the bottom of our Home page and we’ll keep you posted.
Stay safe, I’m looking forward to seeing you at one of our training events, on the other side of the current crisis.