Coming 2021
Introducing the new
SAS Small Group Program

For the last 10+ years, the SAS Small Group Program has been evolving as it transforms children’s lives across the globe. Now it is time to step into the future.

SAS is transitioning from the physical to the digital by combining family and facilitator resources within one integrated software package. The evidence-based content and program structure will now be accessed through an intuitive and engaging online platform that streamlines program delivery and participation for all users in face-to-face or telehealth sessions.

This new digital edition of the SAS Small Group Program is by far the most revolutionary yet!

The Future of Group Program Delivery

Easy to use dashboard

Everything you need, all in the one place. From creating groups, running sessions and reading the facilitator manual, you can do it quickly and easily.

Self paced training

SAS Facilitators, both new and existing, will be able to learn about SAS via interactive online modules at their own pace either individually, or together with colleagues.

Just in time resources

Access training content, SAS Facilitator Manual, and session resources when you need them, whether during a club meeting or in your own time.

Manage groups

Create groups, allocate adult mentors, schedule club meetings and parent group meetings and view their progress all within the Facilitator Dashboard.

Interactive sessions

SAS Facilitators lead sessions interactively, allowing cadets to type, draw and play their way through meetings whilst you manage group and individual participation using your device.

Easy DigitalHQ access

Cadets will access all club meetings and between session tools such as their Gadget Packs, Skill Tracker, Mission Journal and Club Journal via SAS DigitalHQ.

Mentor coordination

Parents and teachers will have their own Mentor Portal for quick and easy access to Parent Group Meetings, Teacher Tip Sheets, Questionnaires, and cadet resources.

View progress reports

Overall group and individual progress will be reviewed in one spot. Review Skill Tracker activity, Teacher Tip Sheet access, meeting attendance, mission completion, and SAS DigitalHQ play.

 

Why Change?

Holding a vision to expand program reach to ensure that more children feel happier, calmer and braver around the world, we needed to move forward with technology. The digital edition offers an innovatively designed single platform, improved reporting, and greater accessibility all whilst removing the requirement for physical resources.
 
We have taken SAS to the next level while maintaining the core evidence-based content, the hierarchical layering of skill development, and empowering of each child’s adult support network.
 
SAS has been at the forefront of best practice and research for over 10 years by taking a continuous improvement approach. This edition is no different as we push the program into the future giving everyone to latest technology tools to reach even more families in a more efficient way.

By Facilitators For Facilitators

Led by Chief Operating Officer and Clinical Psychologist, Kathleen Davey, this digitisation project was conducted in close consultation with an advisory group of dedicated SAS Facilitatorsfrom around the globe. The contributions from these Facilitators guided and informed our approach to the project and provided invaluable insights into the current needs and wants of SAS Facilitators and the families whose lives they transform.

Benefits

All on a single platform

Everything you need to run the program will be in one spot, from training modules to manuals, it's all in one easy to access place.

Improved reporting

See child progress and reporting in more detail than ever. More data means better measures of program fidelity.

Greater accessibility

This move enables more people to have access to the program than ever before, with geographic conditions no longer a factor.

No more books!

The move to digital means there are no more books or other physical resources. Instead, all the resources are digitally stored for convenience.

FAQs

The Social Skills Training Institute (SST) and Secret Agent Society (SAS) continue to lead the delivery of innovative therapeutic programming for children’s social and emotional skills by bringing you one integrated software package to deliver the SAS Small Group Program to families.

 The evidence-based content and program structure have now been digitised, combing family and facilitator resources within one digital system. This unique approach to program delivery means that SAS Small Group can be delivered in both telehealth and face-to-face sessions to families utilising the same digital platform. The key focus of this process was to create an intuitive and engaging platform for all users.

 The software-based delivery of SAS Small Group has many features and efficiency including:

  • Further expansion on children’s interest in technology to motivate program engagement.
  • Facilitator lead child Club Meetings and Parent Group Meetings through live connections within the digital platform supporting delivery inboth face-to-face and digital settings.
  • Facilitators viewing program progress of each cadet (and the whole group) at any time through SAS Digital HQ Play, Mission completion, Skill Tracker use, and Teacher Tip Sheet review.
  • Efficient coordination and communication between SAS Facilitators and each child’s parent/teacher mentors through direct linking, automated notifications, such as automated Teacher Tip sheet distribution and parent prompts.
  • Streamlined support for cadets through parent/teacher access to Skill Tracker, Gadget Pack, Club Journal, and Mission Journal.
  • New digital tools for both children and facilitators to assist the club meeting process.
  • Reduced preparation time with everything integrated and located within the one platform.
  • SAS Mentors (parents & teachers) conveniently accessing a digital online portal to review program resources and progress updates.
  • Flexibility within the facilitator controls to individualise teaching approach based on a child’s or groups immediate needs during club meetings.
  • Opportunities for expanded program reach via tele-health delivery for children or their mentors who are unable to attend face-to-face sessions.
  • Continuing to engage children in physical activities, group discussions, and role plays while integrating screen use to either record answers, review content, or to assist in the turn-taking games.
  • Less association with ‘school work’ and lost resources due to no longer relying on books andphysical gadget items at each session.
  • Self-paced online professional training for SAS Facilitators, SAS Assistants, and Senior SAS Facilitators.
  • Ongoing and ‘just-in-time’ access to training and SAS Facilitator Manual content at any time.

Yes! The new platform was designed to ensure continued use in a face-to-face setting and has been specifically tailored to streamline program delivery for facilitators, cadets, and adult mentors (teacher/parents).

Children will still be actively engaging in activities during the face-to-face sessions by undertaking physical activities whilst also utilising digital tools during sessions. In a face-to-face child Club Meeting, children use the software to enter in answers and read content just like they do in a physical Cadet Handbook, however they also receive reward tokens, save and view code cards, and participate in interactive games with other cadets.

During Parent Group Meetings, parents view the presentation and additional content on their device. Throughout child Club Meetings device access is the gateway to what we currently know as their Cadet Handbook, Code Card Holder and all the other gadget.! Between sessions cadets and their mentors have easy access to the child’s Skill Tracker, relevant Teacher Tips Sheets, and to review materials in their Parent Meeting Notes and Club Journals.

SAS Small Group Program digital edition does not rely on the requirement of physical resources. The program materials and protocols will continue to be used, however these have been revolutionised to be interactive, engaging and modernised within the platform.

SAS Provider services can continue the physical version using their existing SAS Family Kits, or alternatively, more of these physical kits can purchased until the end of 2020. Overtime the physical SAS Family Kits will become obsolete as all SAS Providers transition to the new edition.

The physical SAS E-Telligence Pack  which contains the Code Card Holder, Emotionometers and their corresponding stickers, Relaxation gadget Cards, and Skill Code Cards will continue to be available for purchase in 2021. The pack may be considered as an additional purchase to provide physical reference materials to supplement to the child’s use of the SAS Small Group Program software, if desired.

If clinics and schools have the older physical games and activities they may, from time-to-time, wish to supplement their face-to-face group sessions with the use of various physical items.

Cadets and their mentors (parents and teachers) will access the SAS Small Group program resources and tools through compatible devices. The program is mostly accessed through the internet, with some elements able to be used offline. The online nature of the program means that different devices can be used at different times/locations and a set of loan devices can also be used to assist with access during group meetings. 

  • Cadets and their mentors can login using their own secure login from any compatible device to access the program materials.
  • Some tools can be accessed quickly through a smart phone at any time.
  • Each individual requires access to a suitable device during group meetings.
  • Children and their mentors can login from a variety of devices to access the same account and program materials online.

Facilitators will require access to a compatible device to:

  • Complete the self-paced online training course
  • Establish and manage each SAS group
  • Prepare for and lead live club meeting and parent group meeting sessions
  • View progress reporting between sessions

Existing SAS Facilitators, trained from 2017 or with access to the current online facilitator portal will be provided  with access to free transition support including brief training experience in preparation for the new digital edition of the SAS Small Group Program.

Existing SAS Facilitators can choose when to transition based on the number of existing family kits at their service.

A variety of SAS Provider subscription packages will be available for services of different sizes including flexibility to purchase additional cadet places.

Options will be in place for facilitators to allow direct family payment for software access to assist with funding or rebate processes.

Subscription pricing and special rates for our transitioned existing SAS Facilitators will be released as soon as possible.

A variety of SAS Provider subscription packages will be available for services of different sizes including flexibility to purchase additional cadet places.

Options will be in place for facilitators to allow direct family payment for software access to assist with funding or rebate processes.

Subscription pricing and special rates for our transitioned existing SAS Facilitators will be released as soon as possible.

Pricing for enrolling in the 2021 training will be released as soon as possible, along with the online application form (group discounts will be available).

The programs core evidence-based content, theoretical framework, therapeutic approaches and program delivery structure is not changing with the release of the digital edition of the SAS Small Group Program.

For an overview of the SAS research please see our webpage “The Evidence”. Here you will find reference to a range of published and active research studies exploring the SAS Small Group Program and its variant programs.

In response to the international shift to delivering SAS via telehealth services, there are at least two teams currently running applied research studies into the telehealth application of SAS.

There is one formal research study out of York University in Canada investigating the practical implementation of SAS Small group by community-based services. This study is looking at both the physical and new digital editions of SAS Small Group resources, including the telehealth delivery of these editions.

The existing evidence base of SAS is ever-growing as different universities and applied researchers explore the application of the program with different cohorts, in different locations, and using different delivery methods.

Yes, the training course will be updated to train professionals in using the digital edition software to deliver the SAS Small Group Program. Our aim is to have a self-paced online training course available from the early 2021.

There will be a new three level suite of SAS professional training available: 

  • SAS Facilitator – the equivalent of the current SAS Facilitator Training Course. SAS Facilitators will meet base eligibility criteria, complete the full training experience, and link with subscribed SAS Provider services for system access to run groups with a maximum ration of 1:4 or to be connected with an SAS Facilitator colleague for groups of ratio 2:6. 
  • Senior SAS Facilitator –for those SAS Facilitators experienced in running SAS Small Group. Senior SAS Facilitators will have demonstrated their use of best practise, unlocked system functionality to run co-facilitated groups of 1:6 together with an SAS Assistant, and open up pathways to SAS team leadership. 
  • SAS Assistant- a new role for any adult planning to support an SAS Facilitator in their SAS Small Group delivery. After completing a short introduction to assisting SAS groups, SAS Assistance may be asked to support the lead SAS Facilitator to manage the SAS group process, assist individual literacy or behaviour needs, or navigate turn-taking and token giving during sessions.

Existing SAS Facilitators, trained from 2017 or with access to the current online facilitator portal will be provided with access to free transition support including brief training experience in preparation for the new digital edition of the SAS Small Group Program.

More information on how to setup your organisation as an SAS Provider, and for your Facilitators to access support, coming soon.

Training in the existing SAS Small Group Program (2nd edition) is no longer available, except due to special circumstances. 

If you have any questions,  regarding professional training please contact us at training@sst-institute.net or call on +61 7 37208740

Aiming for availability in January 2021.

Confirmation of this timing and further details will be released closer to the time.

In 2021:

  • The fast-access online SAS Computer Game Pack and E-Telligence Pack will continue to be available for purchase.
  • The SAS E-Telligence packs may be considered as an additional supplement to your use of the SAS Small Group Program software, if desired.
  • The SAS Posters will be available for a limited time only.
  • The SAS Challenger Board Games will be available for a limited time only.
  • The physical SAS Computer Game Packs will no longer be available.
  • The SAS Combo Pack will no longer be available.

Find out more!

Start 2021 with the new digital edition of the SAS Small Group Program. Information on how to subscribe as an SAS Provider will be coming soon. We look forward to bringing you the future of group program delivery!

Coming Soon!

Become an SAS Facilitator

Enroll in the online SAS Facilitator Training Course for 2021. Complete the course at your own pace or as a coordinated group. Link with a subscribed SAS Provider and start transforming lives.

Become an SAS Assistant

Enroll in the online SAS Assistant Short Course for 2021. Complete the course at your own pace and start assisting SAS Facilitators in their group delivery.

Become a Senior SAS Facilitator

Apply to commence the Senior SAS Facilitator qualification. Demonstrate your skill in delivering the SAS Small Group Program. Unlock system functionality and be recognised for your SAS experience.