Let’s Get Real: Tackling Dilemmas Faced by Adults with Social Learning Challenges
This course is specifically designed to address the needs of adults with social learning challenges who have solid to high language and learning skills to figure out the more nuanced hidden expectations of the work setting. Providing logical tools to make sense of the abstract social world, we focus on strategies to encourage flexible thinking, spontaneous perspective taking, and the role of emotions in meetings as well as when networking with peers—and more. Explore case studies to teach specific concepts and watch video of adults discussing the treatment process. Anxiety, depression, and inflexible thinking and their relationship to social learning will also be explored along with related treatment strategies. This is a compelling and important course!
- What You Will Learn
- CE Credit
The Social Thinking Methodology provides strong tools for engaging adults across the lifespan in the social-emotional learning process. Incorporating 15 years of experience with this population, this course shares what we have learned to help adults with strong language and learning skills interpret and respond to social subtleties expected of adults in the workplace. We set aside diagnostic labels and discuss the broader concept that we all live within social boundaries and want others to include us and show they value us, whether or not we realize it. Exploring the social-emotional undercurrents, we introduce the Five Steps to Social Thinking Psychology and the Social-Emotional Chain Reaction to which we all subconsciously react and respond. Through review of dilemmas encountered by bright adults who have struggled due to social-emotional learning challenges, we demonstrate where social breakdowns happen and discuss strategies to avoid them—including strategies for coping and for working as part of a team.
We’ll explore treatment* strategies to encourage self-management and self-regulation for clients experiencing anxiety, depression, and inflexible thinking. This highly regarded course will tackle strategies to promote executive functioning, spontaneous and advanced perspective taking, and problem solving to help individuals who experience “me thinking” evolve toward collaborating with others as “we thinkers.” Our Intention-Driven Social Behavior Map will be reviewed. Explore case studies to teach specific concepts, such as being an Information Informer versus a Social Relator. Watch videos of adults discussing how their social competencies have evolved over time. This is one of our more compelling and important courses!
*Treatment refers to using conceptual and strategy-based frameworks to help individuals improve their social competencies.
- Describe the meaning of "social thinking nuance and sophistication" in the adult mind and how this influences our expectations and intervention strategies.
- Describe three (3) elements related to the Social-Emotional Chain Reaction and how this awareness impacts our own communicative interpretation and responses.
- Define the term "emotional compression" and how this relates to how we teach students to react to one another.
- Explain one strategy for how to review strengths and weaknesses to allow individuals to put social learning challenges in context.
This agenda may change without notice.
|7:30-8:30||Use social competencies to problem solve how to sign in, find a seat, and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea while getting to know fellow attendees
|8:30-10:30||Explore dilemmas faced by adults with social learning challenges to understand treatment needs.
|10:45-12:00||Co-mingled mental health challenges, encouraging practice and production of social competencies related to physical presence and beginning to explore social psychology.
|12:50-2:15||Social emotional chain effect, emotional synching in conversation, emotional problem solving, stop-think-and flex, Me-minded vs We-minded statements.
||Emotional Expression Compression, Intention-based Social Behavior Mapping, a derivative for adults and understanding our shifting roles as communicators: information vs social relater.
We are proud to be a continuing education provider for Speech-Language Pathologists, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, Clinical and School Psychologists, and Certified Counselors, such as Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors, and others.
We offer continuing education units/credits/clock hours through:
- ASHA: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
- CES: Commonwealth Educational Seminars
- NBCC: National Board for Certified Counselors
- And more!
SchoolsPeggy, 3rd Grade Teacher
Mental Health & CliniciansGreg, School Psychologist
Speech Language PathologistsAmy, SLP
Parents & FamiliesTammy, Mom of 9 year-old boy
Adult ClientsAdult with Autism