2019 Fall Conference

Thursday October 3

8:45 AM  –  4:00 PM


To Infinity and Beyond: Preparing Adolescents to Launch into the Real World

Adolescence is a complicated time, and it doesn’t help that the social rules continue to change and become more nuanced as we age.  Some students, clients, and patients are willing learners while others appear resistant to helping themselves. What’s a parent or professional to do? This course translates peer-reviewed published research on adolescent psychology, motivation, self-awareness, cognitive behavioral treatment, social learning challenges, acquiring independence, and more into hands-on strategies, clear frameworks, and concepts you can use immediately. Taking into consideration that the adult world focuses on access rather than success, we’ll explore job coaching strategies for literal-minded individuals, strategies for becoming more independent, and how interventionists can help prepare our persistently self-protective/resistant students. We’ll also share successful strategies for guiding our more sophisticated individuals in developing their own public relations and self-management campaigns. This course is packed with information!

Participants will be able to:

1. Describe how to use the Learning Strengths and Weaknesses visual guide to encourage conversations about treatment direction with older students and adults.

2. List the four steps of Social Thinking’s Social Competency Model

3. Describe two or more types of situational conformity and the importance of executive functioning in meeting our social goals. 

4. List at least four stages in the Levels of Independence that are needed to manage oneself in late adolescence and young adulthood. 

5. Describe three or more behavioral and learning characteristics of individuals who are Resistant/Self-Protective Social Communicators. 

6. Explain why it is important for students to learn social competencies as part helping them manage their social anxiety? 


Registration Information 

The deadline for registration is September 19th. 

If registering more than one person at a time, please use a unique email address for each registrant to ensure they receive conference updates and information. 

If registering at the membership price type, we will verify your membership.