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Social Thinking Training with Winner, Crooke, Palmer & Hendrix – Melbourne 18 to 21 February 2019

Michelle Garcia Winner, Kari Palmer, Ryan Hendrix & Dr Pam Crooke will be training in Melbourne, Victoria, 18-21 February 2019.  All presenters are authors, speakers and most importantly, current practitioners, all working with clients.

We feel these four days of training reflect the growing needs of the maturing Social Thinking community in Australia. The emphasis will be on teaching you how the latest research, thinking and theory informs your practice and helps you deal with some of the hot topic issues clinicians (and parents) around the world are dealing with through their clients and students.  Offerings will include a day to help you implement all the Social Thinking resources, two advanced workshop days on “Emotions” by the founder of social Thinking, and a “Clinical Forum” run by a panel of 4 of Social Thinking’s best.

These workshops will sell out quickly so read through all the information and choose the workshop combinations that best suit your professional & your personal development requirements.


All workshops will be held at the Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre, 1 Convention Centre Pl, South Wharf VIC 3006.  Information on how to get there is here.


Tickets are purchased via our website.  If you are having problems call us on (02) 5105 5262 and we will assist you.  The website accepts  credit/debit cards and PayPal.  If you wish to use a Purchase Order please scan and email it to [email protected]

In brief you can purchase the following ticket combinations:

  • Workshop 1, 2, 3, & 4  with or without catering.
  • Workshop 1, 2 & 3, with or without catering.
  • Workshop 2 & 3, with or without catering.
  • Workshop 2, 3 & 4, with or without catering.
  • Workshop 1 with or without catering.
  • Workshop 4, includes catering and can be purchased alone or added to a purchase of Workshop 1, if you prefer that combination.

Information on the four Workshops follows.  Pricing and tickets are available at the bottom of this page.

We have included all the information you need, including workshop timetables, what to bring etc.  You can come back and read that information at your leisure.  Start off by choosing the workshops you want to attend and purchasing your tickets.  Ticket sales close 9 February 2019 or when all tickets are sold.  You will find your Tax Invoice attached to the order confirmation email sent after you make your purchase.  Tickets are emailed.

Workshop 1 – Monday 18 February 2019

Topic:  Social Detective, Superflex®, and Friends Take On Social-Emotional Learning

Presenters:  Ryan Hendrix and Kari Palmer

Our Tip:  This is a great workshop for anyone wanting to fully understand how to use the range of Social Thinking resources with their clients and students.  Whether you are starting off or been doing it for a while, this workshop will improve the way you implement Social Thinking.

Ryan Hendrix

Kari Palmer

Workshop Outline:  Social Thinking’s Ryan Hendrix and Kari Palmer (authors of the We Thinkers program) will present the popular workshop titled “Social Detective, Superflex®, and Friends Take On Social-Emotional Learning”.  This workshop teaches you how to use some of Social Thinking’s core learning methods as outlined in its various products and how to use the products with different types of learners and with different age groups.  This is a great workshop for anyone using or planning to use any of the Social Thinking products.

Social Thinking practitioners have been asking about how to use Social Thinking’s core curricula with different types of learners and ages, and—voila—this workshop is the answer!

This course will focus on teaching the strategies in Social Thinking’s core curricula You Are a Social Detective!  and Superflex with fidelity, and will share developmentally appropriate tools to foster social attention and self-regulation for students in kindergarten through to junior high school, ages 5 -14 yrs.

You will learn creative ideas to help students understand self-awareness, self-monitoring, and self-control through our more advanced teachings of Superflex’s Five-Point Power Plan.

Ryan and Kari will demonstrate how to help children become social detectives to figure out the hidden rules, and how to foster your own super-flexible creativity when teaching these lessons to your own children or students.  The workshop will also show you how to make developmental adaptations for different age groups, and provide strategies for helping students who no longer think Superflex and his team of Unthinkables are “cool.”

This interactive course is filled with creative group activities to help our students move from being “Me” thinkers to “We” thinkers, and explores the core concepts applicable throughout the school-age years. We examine how lessons connect to educational/academic standards in the mainstream classroom—our strategies help everyone improve reading comprehension, written expression, conflict resolution, and work as part of a group. We also discuss the connections between the Social Thinking Methodology and Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) programs, Response to Intervention (RTI), and Positive Behavioural Intervention Supports (PBIS).

Ryan Hendrix’s Bio is here.

Kari Palmer’s Bio is here.

PLEASE NOTE: This course focuses on the use of Social Thinking’s books You Are a Social Detective!  and Superflex… a Superhero Social Thinking Curriculum to teach concepts related to Social Thinking. Our intention is NOT to market the products, but instead to show how to teach an appropriate scope, sequence, and pacing of the curricula in the manner they were designed. Our hope is to increase the consistency and fidelity in the ways these concepts are taught. If you (or your district or place of employment) are uncomfortable with a full day focusing on strategies related to products, please select another course to attend.

Content Disclosure: This course does not teach about any other methodologies or programs aside from the Superflex Curriculum within the Social Thinking Methodology.

What You Will Learn

Participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the connection between: a) awareness of the situation and people, b) hidden rules, and c) behaviours that are expected or unexpected for the situation.
  2. Explain how teaching social observation/interpretation (via Social Detective) and problem solving/self-regulation (via Superflex) can be incorporated into lessons to support academic standards (e.g., speaking and listening, reading literature, and writing).
  3. Describe how the Superflex curriculum can be used to motivate social learning engagement, social problem solving, self-awareness, self-monitoring, and/or self-control.
  4. Explain the developmental justification for modifying and adapting the Superflex curriculum for younger students (K-2nd graders).
  5. Explain how Superflex’s Five-Point Power Plan helps to foster deeper social learning for grades 3-5.
  6. Describe how the Superflex curriculum can be incorporated into school- and district-wide social-emotional learning initiatives and support Positive Behavioural Interventions & Supports (PBIS) and Response to Intervention (RTI).

Workshop 2 – Tuesday 19 February 2019

Topic:  Emotions Part 1 – More Than You Think and All That You Feel

Presenter:  Michelle Garcia Winner (Founder Social Thinking)

Our Tip:  This is Michelle at her best.  Over two days Michelle will outline her latest thinking on how to teach the complexities of relating in a social world.  All of Michelle’s workshops are content rich, this one is the richest yet.  This is an opportunity to learn about yourself as well as others.  Join Michelle as she takes you on a two day journey that will challenge you in unexpected ways.  This workshop provides level of training in Social Thinking only previously available in the USA, so save the airfare and come along.

Michelle Garcia Winner

Workshop Outline:  This course is the first of a two-part series. Michelle Garcia Winner, the founder of Social Thinking, will examine how emotions are the undercurrent of all forms of social communication and are at the heart of personal problem solving and life memories (episodic memory)—plus fuel our motivation to tackle social goals. She will explore emotions and self-regulation across three contexts: 1. pursuing goals to meet our own singular needs; 2. part of an experience shared by many (e.g., classroom, playground, restaurant, team); 3. interacting with a small group of people. Attendees will engage in hands-on activities and explore use of treatment scales and frameworks to unpack the social-emotional experience. Strategies will be  discussed to improve self-regulation, problem solving, and social communication.

In this first course, attendees will explore information and research-based treatment ideas that focus on our emotional selves. Join Michelle to explore these topics:

  • The negative–positive emotional framework and how the brain processes different types of emotional information
  • Emotions and personal memory making (episodic memories)
  • Memory and narrative language: how emotions impact how we explain ourselves to others, and what to do if a student is stuck recalling only negative experiences
  • Hands-on activities to explore the depth and complexity of feelings and emotions, and practice using treatment tools (e.g., visual scales, treatment frameworks, etc.) to help make the implicit more explicit.
  • The definition of self-conscious emotions and their tie to social anxiety
  • Introducing three levels of Social Thinking’s Social Competency Model, how social learning challenges impact social cognitive self-regulation.
  • How Superflex’s Worry Wall and other Unthinkables can be used to encourage expression of the emotional self while developing self-regulation
  • Use of manipulatives to guide individuals to express their feelings, experiences and problem solve when language falls short
  • Case-study: Review of longitudinal treatment for a grumpy 13-year-old; how the invention of the Pyramid of Dislike used with Social Thinking’s Friendship Pyramid provided self-discovery and motivation to increase peer engagement and emotional satisfaction
  • And much more!

Attendees will learn a lot about themselves given how this fascinating topic impacts us all!

Course testimonials

We are very lucky to have you at the helm of social-emotional learning. – Reneé, SLP

Phenomenal job explaining complex ideas with great examples that make it real and doable. – Anita, prep school co-director

Phenomenal course—so applicable to my work as an SLP and my role as a mother, friend, daughter, etc. – Conference attendee

As always, Michelle’s knowledge and quest for incorporating deeper layers of her work is inspiring. I am already making new connections within my clinical practice with adolescents and adults. – Nancy, SLP

What You Will Learn

Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe two major ways our brains process negative emotions differently than positive emotions.
  2. Explain how graphing one’s feelings across a day contributes to the development of emotional self-awareness.
  3. Explain the role of self-conscious emotions play in social self-awareness.
  4. Explain how emotional reappraisal helps ward off depression and why.
  5. Illustrate how to create a Pyramid of Dislike to complement an individual’s exploration of Social Thinking’s Friendship Pyramid.
  6. Explain why getting perspective is more important than taking perspective when seeking to understand an individual’s experience.

Michelle’s Bio is here.

Workshop 3 – Wednesday 20 February 2019

Topic:  Emotions Part 2 – More Than You Think and All That You Feel

Presenter:  Michelle Garcia Winner (Founder Social Thinking)

Our Tip:  This is the second day of Michelle outlining her latest thinking on how to teach the complexities of relating in a social world.  We are selling the two days together to give participants the richest possible opportunity to soak in all that Michelle has to offer.  She only comes to Australia every other year so don’t miss this opportunity to become the very best Social Thinking practitioner.  

Michelle Garcia Winner

Workshop Outline:  In this second course in our two-part series on emotions, Michelle Garcia Winner will explore how emotions play a large role in the social interactive process and in relationship development, including when greeting someone in the hall, developing relationships for team work, creating social networks and longer-term friendships, etc. Emotional intelligence is also required for certain academic learning and is embedded in academic standards worldwide. Explore many strategies that can be used immediately in the classroom, at home, and at work related to these topics:

  • Social anxiety disorder (SAD) and autism spectrum disorders: the overlap and need to focus on developing social competencies; and what to be aware of with regard to depression and sadness.
  • Social-emotional learning: How to validate the social-emotional learning process, as students explore their social vulnerabilities; Recognising the power of one’s inner critic and coach; and Case study on a student’s tracking of his emerging social operating system.
  • The social evaluative process: how we account for each other’s intentions
  • Interpreting the hidden emotional messages of others
  • Your personal self-marketing campaign: what message is your face sending?
  • Use of scales for many different reasons: Evaluation of social risk; Helping students evaluate their own social-emotional experiences; Getting a student’s perspective; and more
  • Case study: working with a school-phobic student
  • Relationship development and social-emotional competencies: Don’t start with conversational skills! How little acts of positive kindness go a long way toward relationship building; Use of emotional syncing to share our experiences in a manner that is interesting to the listener; The emotions behind adding a thought and asking questions to others; and using physical manipulatives to encourage social-emotional reappraisal of people in context.
  • Social-Emotional Chain Reaction: Introducing three levels of teaching Social Behaviour Mapping
  • If time permits, personal problem solving: Case study of an adult engineer in a Silicon Valley company; How the game of chess is an analogy for the social evaluation process inherit in social communication; and Getting stuck on the negative: reframing how negative moments can be part of positive experiences.

To maximize your learning, it is important to have attended the course Emotions Part 1 before attending this course.

What You Will Learn

Participants will be able to:

  1. Explain how Evaluation of Risk scales can be utilised to guide socially anxious students toward social engagement.
  2. Explain why social anxiety is common in individuals with ASD and ADHD who have awareness of their history of relationship development.
  3. Describe what is meant by acts of “micro-communication.”
  4. Explain how the Emotional Syncing thinksheet helps individuals learn to describe their
  5. emotional experience in narrative language.
  6. Explain the three levels of teaching Social Behavior Mapping.
  7. Describe how to help students document the development of their social operating system.

Michelle’s Bio is here.

Workshop 4 – Thursday 21 February 2019

Topic:  Clinical Forum

Presenters:  Michelle Garcia Winner, Dr Pamela Crooke, Ryan Hendrix & Kari Palmer

Our Tip:  Wow, what an opportunity this is!  The team from the USA will take your professional practice to the next level.  This hasn’t been done any where in the world before.  In the first session you will learn from the top Social Thinking practitioners about how to improve your practice, they will use their own case studies to illustrate how they do it.  In the second session you will have an opportunity to ask questions.  Even if you don’t ask a question you will learn from Michelle, Pam, Ryan and Kari and the other practitioners who attend.  You can’t avoid learning from this one! If you want to participate in a training opportunity that has never been provided before, this will definitely give your practice the edge over others.

Michelle Garcia Winner

Ryan Hendrix

Dr Pamela Crooke

Kari Palmer

Workshop Outline: While in Australia, the Social Thinking team will offer a 4 hour “Clinical Forum”.  This is an opportunity for professionals who have been actively using the Social Thinking approach and/or who attend the previous two training days or similar in the past, to interact with a panel from the USA about their Social Thinking practice, cases and questions.

This four hour, clinically based forum is designed for the treatment professional who has gained experience utilising Social Thinking’s treatment materials, frameworks and strategies.  It is an opportunity that has not been provided elsewhere in the world to date.  Melbourne is a first!


Four leaders in developing Social Thinking’s Treatment Methodology (Michelle Garcia Winner, Dr. Pamela Crooke, Ryan Hendrix and Kari Palmer) will work together to provide the newest clinical insights in teaching Social Thinking’s methodology.

8:30am – 10:15am

From 8:30am to 10:15am the panel will present information related to treatment planning and decision making when creating individualised developmentally based treatment pathways, when utilising an array of Social Thinking’s treatment frameworks and strategies.

10:45am – 12:30pm

The group will break for morning tea (provided) and then reconvene in two separate breakout groups according to your interest:

  • Breakout 1:  Early Learner Forum (4-7 year olds)
  • Breakout 2:  Primary School and Older Ages Forum (8-18 year olds and adults)

After breaking into two smaller breakout groups, the forum will then be opened up to questions from participants.  You can ask questions and and interact more closely with the panel.

Early Learner Forum

Kari Palmer and and Ryan Hendrix will facilitate the Early Learner Forum for those working with 4-7 year olds.  Kari and Ryan are the authors of the We Thinkers Early Learner program.

Primary School and Older Ages Forum

Michelle Garcia Winner and Dr Pam Crooke will facilitate the primary school, teenager and adult forum for those working with ages 8-18 plus.  Michelle is the founder of Social Thinking and Pam is Social Thinking’s director of research, training and clinical practice.

Your Participation

Participants are welcome to bring their clinical questions related to social emotional learning, classroom participation, academic interpretation and production, as well as relationship development.  By attending this workshop you will be participating in a unique professional development experience.


We look forward to this dynamic session with professionals who have attended at least two Social Thinking conference days (including the days being offered prior to this Forum).

Morning Tea

Morning tea will be provided as part of the workshop fee.

Workshop 4 Presenters/Facilitators

Michelle Garcia Winner’s Bio is here.  Dr Pam Crooke’s Bio is here.  Ryan Hendrix’s Bio is here.  Kari Palmer’s Bio is here.

Ticketing Notes

  1. All prices are in Australian Dollars and include GST.
  2. Venue capacity is limited and we expect tickets to sell out early.
  3. There are prerequisites to attend Workshop 4, see Workshop 4 notes.
  4. Our Workshop Refund and Cancelation Policy is here, in purchasing a ticket you are deemed to have accepted our Workshop Refund and Cancelation Policy.

Workshop Timetable (Workshops 1, 2 & 3)

8:00am – Registration opens

8:30am – Workshop Commences

10:15am – Morning Break (30 minutes)

10:45am – Workshop Continues

12:00 noon – Lunch (60 minutes)

1:00pm – Workshop Continues

2:15pm – Afternoon Break (30 minutes)

2:45pm – Workshop Continues

4:30pm – Workshop Concludes

Workshop Timetable (Workshop 4)

8:00am – Registration opens

8:30am – Workshop Commences

10:15am – Morning Break (30 minutes – catered)

10:45am – Workshop continues in two breakout groups

12:30pm – Workshop Concludes

How is the training delivered?

All workshops will be delivered via a combination of lecture with accompanying handouts, review of clinical applications via video, and audience questions.

Who is the training suitable for?

These workshops are suitable for (but not limited to) health professionals, psychologists, therapists, counsellors, social workers, speech language pathologists, occupational therapists, 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.

Apart from the prerequisites to attend Workshop 4, there are no prerequisites to attending these workshops.  Anyone interested in the workshop content is welcome to attend, however you do so under your own volition.

Are these workshops catered?

You can choose to purchase tickets WITH CATERING or WITHOUT CATERING.

If you purchase a ticket with catering it includes morning and afternoon tea and a working style lunch.  There is a space to provide your dietary requests when registering.

There are numerous food outlets and cafés within close proximity to the venue and time has been allocated for participants to go out for food and refreshments at break times.  You are also welcome to bring your own lunch if you prefer but you can’t eat in the theatre.

Workshop 4, the Clinical Forum, includes morning tea as part of the ticket price.

What to Bring?

Water/water bottle, pen and notebook/device, if you do not purchase catering lunch and snacks (you will also have time to buy lunch), don’t forget that water bottle.

Do I get a Certificate of Attendance?

At the conclusion of the workshop, if you purchased an Early Bird “Professional” rate ticket or full priced “Standard” rate ticket, you will receive a certificate crediting you with:

  • 6 workshop/contact hours per Workshop (Workshops 1, 2 & 3 all attract 6 hours each).
  • 4 workshop/contact hours Workshop 4.
  • Professionals can obtain 22 workshop/contact hours if you attend all four workshops.

Parent/Student rate tickets were heavily discounted and do not receive a certificate.  Please ensure you collect your certificate before departing the venue.

What is our workshop refund and cancelation policy?

Our Workshop Refund and Cancelation Policy can be found here.

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How do I get to the venue?

All workshops will be held at the Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre, 1 Convention Centre Pl, South Wharf VIC 3006.  Information on how to0 get there is here.  This link includes information about public transport and car parking.

Still have a question?

Send your question to us via [email protected] or you can call us on (02) 5105 5262.  We are happy to help you register over the phone if you are having trouble, so give us a call.