MCEP Workshops for Psychologists

Recent Continuing Education Workshops

  • New Methods For Assessing Social Dysfunction Following TBI. June 15, 2011, Federal TBI Interagency Conference, Washington, DC.
  • Understanding the social and emotional consequences of traumatic brain injury: Where brain science meets the real world. April 15, 2011, Annual Conference of the Texas Brain Injury Association, Austin, TX.
  • Tools You Can Use: Assessing Social and Emotional Dysfunction in Detail After Traumatic Brain Injury. Jan. 26, 2011, Boulder-Denver Neuropsychology Study Group, Regis University, Denver.
  • How to Understand Changes in Social Behavior in Your Brain-injured Clients. Jan. 13, 2011, Denver Brain Injury Professionals Network, Brain Injury Association of Colorado.
  • Social Skills Deficits Must Be Included in Assessments for Neuropsychiatric Disorders: Brain Injury and Dementia
    Keynote address at 5th Anniversary Meeting of the Institute of Cognitive Neurology, "Neuropsychiatric Disorders", presented by Valerie Stone, PhD
    Nov. 2, Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Abstract: In moderate to severe traumatic brain injury, survivors often suffer changes in personality and social competence. Such changes can also occur in dementia. Many tools are available to assess cognitive deficits, but many clinicians are not aware of the objective, quantitative tools that are available for assessing problems with social competence. I will review available tools, and discuss new research showing that tests of social competence may be more sensitive to traumatic brain injury than are cognitive tests. I will also discuss social competence assessments in dementia, and how such deficits may affect financial judgment. Finally, I will discuss the importance of cross-cultural research in establishing norms for tests of social competence, and briefly review how such tests might also be useful for other neuropsychiatric conditions, such as schizophrenia.
  What's Your Social IQ?: Perspectives on Social Intelligence from Evolutionary Biology & Social Neuroscience
Presented by Valerie Stone, PhD
Sept. 10, Berkeley, CA.

  • Get specific tools to help your clients gain new confidence in the three most stressful social situations: dating, workplace interactions, and meeting new people.
  • This isn't just a lecture: this program focuses on giving you access to cutting edge science you can use in your practice the next day.
  • Click here to download our free tipsheet on "Starting a conversation with someone you don't know."
  • Social interactions are essential for humans. Improving social skills and social intelligence can improve mental health and well-being. Social intelligence is a conscious and unconscious survival skill that allows us to track social interactions around us, and to interact with others ways that are mutually satisfying. Many aspects of sociality date back millions of years, and many are shared with other primates. Recently, biologists and neuroscientists have gained unique insights into social intelligence and the brain. We'll talk about humans' social nature, discussing comparative studies with primates and the communal foraging lifestyles of our ancestors. With that foundation, you will
    • learn what the components of social skill are (e.g., emotion recognition, negotiating status hierarchies, attachment, conversation skills, inferring others' intentions, avoiding deception).
    • learn the latest research from social neuroscience on the brain basis of these components of social intelligence.
    • learn how to apply knowledge about social intelligence in work with your clients, including the latest assessment tools for social intelligence.

    Past MCEP Offerings

    Demonstrating Disability Following Brain Injury: New Science, New Techniques
    Presented by Valerie Stone, PhD. Four-hour APA accredited workshop for neuropsychologists.
    Sept. 10, 2010, Alliant University, San Francisco, CA.
    Assessment of Disability Following Traumatic Brain Injury Should Include Objective Social Measures: Towards a Social IQ Test
    Presented by Valerie Stone, PhD. One hour talk for neuropsychologists about new and currently available objective measures of social competency that can be used with clients with traumatic brain injury (TBI).
    Wednesday, 7 October, 2009, Brain Injury Association of CO Annual Conference, Denver,CO.


    Protect Your Clients: Social Safety & Vulnerability in Children & Adults with Asperger Syndrome
    Presented by Valerie Stone, PhD. Three-hour training for psychologists, social workers, and police officers on how to assess social vulnerability and safety rules to help protect clients with Asperger Syndrome.
    November 21, 2008, Integrated Center for Child Development, Canton, MA.

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