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 (November through February):
(To enroll, a person must meet the eligibility criteria for Pathways to Independence involvement.)
1) Problem Solved: Anticipating problems and identifying solutions to everyday situations – Each day, we are all faced with making various problem-solving decisions for situations that arise in our lives. The process of problem solving can be quite a challenge as we are faced with having to practice critical thinking and prioritizing our tasks in making choices in all of our actions. This course will address the topics of identifying the size of a problem, frameworks for approaching problems, and methods of effectively solving a variety of problems. Group discussions, role-playing, visual strategies, and video modeling are some ways that problem solving will be addressed during this course.
– Thursdays, 7:00 – 8:45 pm: November 7, November 21, December 5, December 19
2) Nurturing Friendships through Teamwork: The attributes of a good friend are the same as those of a good team member. Just as practicing teamwork is important in finding successful employment, it is also a vital element in building and sustaining successful relationships. This course will teach skills in the area of teamwork – that is, addressing skills that are needed to get along with others in various relationships and settings. Group discussion, role play, and video modeling are some ways that teamwork will be addressed during this course.
– Mondays, 7:00 – 8:45 pm: November 11, November 25, December 9, December 30
3) Navigating Personal Emotions: Self-regulation is a skill that helps people understand their own emotional states, identify triggers and choose coping strategies for dealing with these feelings. In these classes, participants will gain skills to consciously regulate their actions which will in turn lead to increased control and more effective problem solving. Group discussion, rating scales, incorporation of visual supports, role play, and video modeling are some of the ways that self-regulation will be addressed during this course.
– Wednesdays, 7:00 – 8:45 pm: January 8, January 22, February 5, February 19
4) Sharing Stories Socially: Telling stories so listeners get the picture – Think of Cranium, Pictionary or Charades with friends where you use multiple methods to get others to figure out what you are trying to say. Sharing stories, whether verbal, written or acted out, are an important part of relationship skills. This is true at home, at work, or anywhere. Effective communication skills include the proper use and expression of words, along with consideration of the “image” presented and a good understanding of how the message will most likely be perceived. In this class, participants will explore how to share stories in a way others get the “picture’ including speaker-versus-listener behaviors, the use of nonverbal communication such as body language, voice style and language style, the art of conversation, and perspective-taking. Group instruction using board games, discussions, partner work, use of rating scales, role play and video modeling will be used during this course.
– Tuesdays, 7:00 – 8:45 pm: January 14, January 28, February 11, February 25
$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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 314-863-0202, ext. 2.
For more information or to register, please contact the PTI office at email@example.com or 314-863-0202, ext. 4.