What in the world is it?
- We've been teaching social skills to our students for over a decade. We've seen what works, what doesn't, and had hundreds of experiences with the hundreds of students we've served. And now we want to share all of it with you. This will consist of a two-day training on October 25-26 at ScenicView's campus in Provo, UT.
What's the cost?
- The cost is $120 and includes training materials and lunch each day.
Why is a 2-day training so gosh-darn cheap?
- Our aim is to provide high-quality trainings for our staff, the community, and other professionals for the lowest cost possible. In other words, we're simply trying to cover our expenses. Offering affordable trainings is one way we're able to honor the generosity of our founders and spread the word about SVA. We've been following this training model for 4 years and it's worked great. The number of attendees at each training is growing.
Who's it for?
- At SVA, our population is young adults with autism which, therefore, is what our experience is based on. However, this training is not meant to tell you step-by-step what to do to teach social skills. Our experience has been that while there are key principles everybody needs to know, every single student that comes into our class needs a customized experience. How student A learns and improves will be different than students B & C.
- Our training is set up the same way. Our goal is to give you some over arching guidance, but then help you in taking a close look at how you can improve your teaching methods to meet the needs of the students you work with.
- Those that will benefit most from this training are mental health professionals and educators teaching social skills in their respective settings.
What exactly will you be teaching us?
- There's really 5 key pieces to our training:
- "I Don't Need $@#% Social Skills" And Other Things Our Students Have Told Us. In this section we discuss what we refer to as the "social divide"--elements that keep our students from connecting including a lack of skills, social fears, and a lack of motivation. We'll discuss how to address each area.
- Iceburg Dead Ahead! Helping Our Students Navigate the Beneath-the-Surface Elements that Can Make or Sink Relationships. Our students often struggles because they aren't looking at the full-picture when it comes to relationships. This section will discuss how to help them learn important elements of social interaction including recognizing what others are thinking and feeling, and showing empathy.
- Conversations & Costco Cake: Improving Conversational Skills. Our students sometimes figuratively gobble up the whole metaphorical conversation cake while others throw it back in the face of those they are trying to get to know. We'll discuss tips for improving ones conversational ability.
- Start with Ice Cream: Helping Students Work past Challenges that Come Up in Relationships. It's not enough to build a relationship. Our students need help in keeping those relationships alive.
- Using Your Purple Crayon: Applying What You've Learned To Your Students. That's great that you've had 2-days of training, but now what? Rather than just sending you off with a pat on the back, we've build time into the training to help you identify what will be different in your next social skills lesson.
Who will be training us?
The training will be conducted by:
The training will be conducted by:
Ryan Hawks, ACHMC, CTRS. Ryan has a bachelors degree in recreation therapy, and a Masters degree in mental health counseling. In his role of Creative Development, his focus is on creating programs and tools to help students become more empowered to live on their own. One of his favorite projects has been designing graphics and helping to author SVA's social skills book, The Bridges We Build: The Art of Making Friends. He has been teaching social skills at ScenicView for over 8 years. He has been trained in WhyTry, and VitalSmart's Crucial Conversations & Change Anything trainings. In July, he will be attending the UCLA PEERS for Young Adults Training on UCLA's campus. He enjoys sports, graphic design, reading, and spending time with his wife and four kids (which include the cutest twin girls in the world.)
Scott Wood, CHMC. Scott is SVA's vocational supervisor. He graduated from the University of Phoenix with a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling. Scott has worked for ScenicView since it opened, and has enjoyed seeing its growth, and seeing the students benefit from the services provided at ScenicView. Scott also works with the WHY TRY organization as a National Training Consultant helping youth and others develop the social and emotional skills necessary to reach their goals. He enjoys spending time with his family, being in the outdoors, and participating in sports.