Social College

PTI’s Social College focuses on defined skill topics appropriate to be learned in roundtable or interactive group settings with a focus on the “how to” of each skill. Each class will also involve opportunities for group discussion and interpretation.

A variety of topics will be offered throughout the year and may include technology, dating/sexuality issues, nurturing friendships, advocacy, anger management, team-building, self-awareness, event planning, work/life balance, verbal and nonverbal communication, empathy, decision making, etc.

Social College incorporates elements of evidence-based curriculum developed by experts in the field and facilitated by PTI staff to specifically address the needs of the participants.

Participants are encouraged to attend at least one “how to” series per year.

Pre- and post-testing is used to measure participant progress.

**Participants registering for Social College courses should plan to attend all four classes for which they are enrolled.

Social College participants may consider further instruction in each of these topics of focus by enrolling in PTI’s Social Focus program. Generalization of these skills may also be practiced in PTI’s Social Growth program.

Upcoming Social College courses (March through June 2014): Full copy of the Social College Spring 2014 Brochure – Third Session

(To enroll, a person must meet the eligibility criteria for Pathways to Independence involvement.)

1) Etiquette 101:  What is so important about etiquette?  In any social situation, it is important that we follow the expected code of polite behavior.  But the social rules and expectations can be different across different social settings- home, school, work, and community.  In this course, participants will learn about the various social rules across settings.

- Saturdays, 10:00-11:30 a.m. - March 15, March 29, April 12, April 26 

2) Learning About the Unwritten Rules in a Social World:  The “hidden curriculum” is the social information that is not directly taught but is assumed that everybody knows- if not understood, these unwritten rules can make the world a confusing place.  Social rules are not always the same across different ages, gender, settings and situations.  It can be challenging to figure out what is expected in various social situations.  In this class, participants will learn about the hidden rules in our social world.

*This class is being held in St. Charles county but there will be a van available for St. Louis city and county participants

– Thursdays, 7:00 – 8:30 pm: March 20, April 3, April 17, May 1

3)Communication 101: Effectively interacting with others involves using a variety of skills, and following many rules.   Communication- involving both nonverbal and verbal means- is a foundation of effective social interaction. Using the right words to convey messages is only a part of the puzzle- volume and tone of speech, timing, body language, gestures and turn taking are examples of what is important to effective communication.  Participants will learn about the important ingredients of effective communication in this class.

– Wednesdays, 7:00 – 8:30 pm: May 7, May 21, June 4, June 18

4) Reading Between the Lines: What does it mean to “read between the lines”?  Reading between the lines includes things like recognizing emotional states of others, understanding multiple meanings for words, figurative language, sarcasm, and making inferences.  We often need to be able to uncover hidden messages both in oral and written language.  Understanding the hidden meaning helps us in many social situations- including being able to interpret language, and understanding the perspective of others.  In this class, participants will learn about different methods of “reading between the lines”.

– Thursdays, 7:00 – 8:30 pm: May 15, May 29, June 12, June 26

Kirkwood Public Library


Program Fees

$20 per 4-class course for all residents of St. Louis County also enrolled in PTI’s Social Growth programming.  (This is a 91% discount from the estimated per person cost to provide this course.)

$60 per 4-class course for all other participants who are not active in PTI’s Social Growth programming or not funded by DDRB or DD Resources.  (This is a 75% discount from the estimated per person cost to provide this course.)

No fee will be charged to all participants funded by DD Resources or DDRB

** Scholarships are available to those participants who do not receive funding from DD Resources or DDRB. For more information on how to apply for these scholarships, please contact Craig Strohbeck at or 314-863-0202, ext. 2.

For more information or to register, please contact the PTI office at or 314-863-0202, ext. 4.