SOS coordinates and sponsors four to five professional development programs a year in area schools. These programs cover a variety of topics of interest and benefit to professionals who work with children and families both in and outside of school settings. All presentations are free of charge to SOS members. APA-approved continuing education credits and Act 48 education credits are available for a fee.

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SOS Networking Events are held twice per year for members only. Typically, the fall event is held in Philadelphia or in the eastern suburbs, and the spring event is held in the western suburbs. Members have the opportunity to introduce themselves and their work, distribute and gather business cards/brochures and talk with fellow SOS members.

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Past Programs & Events

  • November 30, 2018
    12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

There’s a growing belief that “boys are broken,” but while this crisis mentality is new, routine casualties have always been an inconvenient truth about boyhood.

Male socialization has been a sacrificial experience in which boys are fitted to cultural norms that work against their human natures. In fact, what’s happening to boyhood is more creative disruption than crisis. Women’s rights, civil rights, and gay rights have advanced equality and challenged the historic dominance of white males – and the system of conditioning sustaining it. While many males feel uncertain in this #MeToo moment, there are many indications that a re-imagining of masculinity is well underway.

Educators, coaches, and parents of boys will require support and guidance in this time of transition. The opportunities are huge for school specialists.

Program Flyer: Flyer 11.30.18

Location: The Baldwin School – Simpson Center

  • October 26, 2018
    12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

This workshop examines the communication, learning, and behavioral challenges faced by children with processing differences (High Functioning Autism, ADHD, and learning differences, etc.). Neuro-diverse children often have difficulties learning, socializing, and maintaining self-regulation for reasons they can’t control – their brain wiring. This traditional linear and predominantly language-based education or social coaching may confuse and overwhelm the child who processes differently. This can cause behavior such as shutting down, withdrawal, avoidance, arguing, or anger. This presentation explores ways that visual and non-verbal communication may be an effective antidote to emotional and performance difficulties experienced by this population. Attendees will learn an innovative, actionable, and repeatable visual communication technique.

Program Flyer: Flyer 10.26.18

Location: The Episcopal Academy

  • April 20, 2018
    12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

When faced with the challenge of identifying the needs of students (ages 6 to 21) with learning disabilities and ADHD, we tend to focus our energy on developing a thorough understanding of the disability itself, which we hope will lead to effective intervention. We know that there are multiple factors in the student’s world which might affect the ultimate outcome. However, it can be difficult, even overwhelming, to shift back and forth from the individual to the larger context.

In this workshop we will present a model that we trust will be a “user-friendly” tool to help maintain the important, broad, systemic view needed for effective intervention. We believe that this approach is crucial when trying to understand what the world is like through the eyes of our students and their families.

Program Flyer: Flyer 04.20.18

Location: The Agnes Irwin School

  • February 2, 2018
    12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Mindfulness can be a great tool in helping us become aware of and manage stress. This workshop will help teachers and allied professionals involved with the educational care of students to better understand the science of stress, and how it keeps us in states of worry, anger, or sadness. As adults, it is very important that we have a regular mindfulness practice so that we can model regulation of our nervous systems and emotions for the children we teach and treat, and for their families.

Program Flyer: Flyer 02.02.18

Location: Center for Mindfulness & Wellness

  • December 8, 2017
    12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

The purpose of this workshop is to help participants integrate a theoretical framework and direct clinical experience.  Age specific complexities in treatment of addiction adolescents, young adult addiction, and their families will be presented and explored, as well Dual Diagnosis issues.  A focus on the importance of family work, as part of a comprehensive treatment approach will be highlighted.

Program Flyer: Flyer 12.08.17

Location: Delaware Valley Friends School

  • October 20, 2017
    11:30 am - 2:30 pm

The purpose of this workshop is to help participants identify their personal ethics and values and learn how emotions can interfere with a therapist’s willingness to act ethically.  Case examples will be presented which highlight the emotional discomfort inherent in many decision-making situations.  Participants are encouraged to share their own ethical dilemmas.

Program Flyer: Flyer 10.20.17
Location: The Baldwin School

  • February 3, 2017
    12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

This workshop will present an overview of personality testing – advantages and disadvantages, self-report and projective. There will be discussions about the BASC-3, the BRIEF-2, and the Rorschach. Student’s cognitive functioning and learning styles will be presented along with case examples.

Program Flyer: Flyer 02.03.17
Location: Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy