SAS Small Group Program

 
Combining family and facilitator resources, the evidence-based content and program structure is accessed through an intuitive and engaging software package that streamlines program delivery and participation for all child and adults participants in face-to-face or telehealth sessions and between session activities.
 
 

Train to be an SAS Facilitator

Allied health, education and disability professionals typically deliver the SAS Small Group Program.

The program curriculum captivates children with its espionage-themed games and activities including: multi-level gamified learning through the SAS Digital Headquarters (SAS Digital HQ); a virtual Helpful Thought Zapper; role-playing through the SAS Challenger Board Game; finding smart solutions with the D.E.C.O.D.E.R problem solving formula; and deciphering emotions through Secret Message Transmission Device Game.

Professionals learn to deliver the program aligned with evidence-based and clinical best practice in a flexible fourteen (14) hour SAS Facilitator Training Course.

 

SAS Facilitator Pricing & Application    SAS Assistant Pricing & Application  

 

Available for applicants from Australia, Canada, USA, New Zealand, and Asia-Pacific. Access for UK and EU is coming soon.


 


 

Become an SAS Provider

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.
 
This new digital edition of the SAS Small Group Program is by far the most revolutionary yet!
 
To become an SAS Provider of the revolutionary SAS Small Group Program. The professional delivery team complete the SAS Facilitator Training Course and services subscribe as an SAS Provider to begin using this specialised, award-winning program. SAS Small Group Program is evidence-based to empower children aged 8 to 12 with identified social and emotional challenges, such as autism, attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD), and anxiety disorders.

 

 

ORGANISATIONAL PLANNING

It is recommended that organisations, decision makers and prospective facilitators of the SAS Small Group Program work collaboratively to explore their SAS options and progress using the following process:

  1. Review the SAS Implementation Guide

  2. Explore SAS Provider package options

  3. Collaboratively review the planning checklists that also form part of the SAS Facilitator Training Course application process

  4. Enrol individual team members in the SAS Facilitator Training Course utilising individual or pre-paid group purchase options

  5. Subscribe to an SAS Provider package and nominate an administrator

  6. Link your trained SAS Facilitator/s to your SAS Provider account

  7. Start delivering SAS to children and families!

 

TRAIN YOUR SAS TEAM

Each SAS Provider will need at least one trained SAS Facilitator to deliver the program to families. SAS Facilitators are the heart of SAS Small Group Program. In addition to SAS Facilitators, services may like to supplement their team with SAS Assistants who have completed a foundation short course for providing practical support to SAS Facilitators (and cadets) during sessions.

SAS providers with highly skilled or long term SAS Facilitators, may like to have particular team members demonstrate their skill in delivering the SAS small Group Program by applying to become a Senior SAS Facilitator which assist in SAS team support and supervision and unlocks further software capability.

Clinics or schools can have any number of SAS Facilitators working together under one SAS Provider service, or for SAS Facilitators to work across more than provider. The model allows for flexibility for both service organisations and the individual professionals while also maximising predictable program fidelity for families’ accessing services who are using the SAS software. 

 

 

The SAS Facilitator

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SAS Facilitators will firstly meet the base eligibility criteria to enrol in the SAS Facilitator Training Course, then 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. Coupons can be pre-purchased to obtain group discounts on the SAS Facilitator Training Course.

Eligibility

Eligibility requirements ensure that professionals benefit from the SAS Facilitator Training Course and have the capacity to successfully deliver the SAS Small Group program.

To apply for training, professionals need:

  1. A minimum of a higher education level qualification in a helping or teaching profession (including, but not limited to, psychology, social work, psychiatry, counselling, occupational therapy, speech pathology, education), and
  2. A minimum of six months professional experience working with children with Autism and/or other social and emotional challenges.

The Training

The self-paced online SAS Facilitator Training Course provides professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively deliver the SAS Small Group program. To offer the SAS Small Group program in the community, professionals must complete the SAS Facilitator Training Course.

During the 14 hours of flexible training, professionals gain the knowledge and skills to:

  • Assess the social functioning of children with social and emotional challenges;
  • Deliver a comprehensive social skills program to children with social and emotional challenges and their parents through the SAS software;
  • Tailor the program content and teaching methods to meet individual child or parent needs;
  • Promote the generalisation and maintenance of children’s emotional regulation and friendship skills at home and at school;
  • Manage common process issues that arise when facilitating group programs for children with social and emotional challenges and their parents;
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of a social skills program for children with social and emotional challenges; and
  • Identify indicators that a child and/or family require additional support.

The self-paced online training modules are accessed through the same SAS software that will later be used to facilitate the SAS Small Group Program with families. After completion of the course, SAS Facilitators will maintain access to the course content to allow just-in-time review when preparing for sessions in the future.

The training course will involve a combination of learning activities such as; videos providing session modelling and lecture content, gamified creative problem solving, simulation activities, review of program instructions and assessment questions and quizzes. The course will unlock with progressive assessment which is designed to assist all trainees to achieve successful completion.

The use of an online and self-paced training method allows professionals to flexibly learn about SAS via online units in their own time, to suit individual schedules and learning speeds. Coordination tips are provided for professionals wishing to complete the training together with a colleague, or for services wishing to provide a collaborative whole team training process.

Other important training details include:

  • Professionals are required to complete 100% of the course to fulfil training requirements.
  • The course is the equivalent of fourteen (14) hours of professional development, however, due to the flexible self-paced format professionals can complete the course at their own pace, taking up to three (3) months if required.
  • Once enrolled, the link to commence training will be valid for six (6) months.
  • The self-paced online training units are designed to be intuitive to support online self-guided training.
  • Services can choose to coordinate training dates to allow teams to collaboratively undertake training together (i.e. Two days or 4 x 4hr units).
  • Professionals will require stable internet access and a compatible device with a recently updated browser.
  • Once professionals commence training, they will have three (3) months to complete the course. If you don’t complete within this time professionals will need to apply and pay again.
  • All facilitator training materials are accessed within the SAS software through the Facilitator Dashboard.
  • All program materials for running the SAS Small Group Program are accessed within the SAS software through linking with a subscribed SAS Provider.
  • Follow-up consultation is available from SST representatives to support SAS Facilitators if desired after training is complete.

 

The SAS Assistant

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A role for any adult planning to support an SAS Facilitator in their SAS Small Group delivery. On completion of this introductory short course, SAS Assistants may be asked to support the lead SAS Facilitator to manage the SAS group process, assist individual literacy or behaviour needs, or navigate software-based turn-taking and token giving during sessions..

Eligibility

There are no eligibility requirements. After completing the training, SAS Assistants access the SAS software and support group sessions when linked to a subscribed SAS Provider and added as an assistant to a particular SAS group.

The Short Course

The SAS Assistant short course is an optional foundation for any adult planning to support an SAS Facilitator in their SAS Small Group delivery. During the 2-3 hour course, applicants gain awareness of:

  • The SAS Small Group Program framework;
  • Main components of SAS group sessions;
  • Basic guide to supporting SAS cadet behaviour and learning;
  • Familiarity with the SAS software to assist the lead facilitator with:
  • allocating tokens;
  • supporting cadet response submission; or
  • turn-taking controls.

 

The Senior SAS Facilitator

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SAS Facilitators experienced in delivering the SAS Small Group Program, can apply to become Senior SAS Facilitators. 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 or SAS Facilitator team member, and open up pathways to SAS team leadership.

Eligibility

To apply to be a Senior SAS Facilitator, an existing SAS Facilitator needs to meet the following two criteria:

  1. Have a professional degree (e.g. psychology, occupational therapy, speech pathology, social worker, teacher) and at least five years of work experience since completing their professional degree.
  2. To have: 
    • delivered at least three SAS Small Groups in the past 18 months, and for at least two of these groups, was leading the child club meetings; or
    • been an active SAS Facilitator for at least three years, delivering at least one SAS Small Group per year, for at least two of these groups, was leading the child club meetings.

The Application Process

After meeting the above criteria and enrolling in the Senior SAS Facilitator accreditation process, applicants are asked to:

  • Submit de-identified SAS Session Checklists for 3 completed SAS Small Group Programs, including the self-evaluation commentary;
  • Provide a written summary and analysis of how the applicant managed a child and a parent process issue during one of the SAS groups, for example, preventing/managing impulsivity or responding to resistance.
  • Upload video footage or audio recording of leading a collaborative SAS support session with a colleague or trainee that explores a process issue and/or individualised teaching process from a past SAS Child Club Meeting and planning for a future meeting;
  • Provide a written description to accompany the video/audio file that reflects on the strategies used to support the colleague, including time point references from the video/audio file.

Post Training

Once training is completed professionals will have continued access to review the training material through their facilitator dashboard. All program materials for running SAS groups are accessed via the SAS software when linked to a subscribed SAS Provider.

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The Future of Group Program Delivery

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. 

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.

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.


 

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 led child Club Meetings and Parent Group Meetings through live connections within the digital platform supporting delivery in both 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 and physical 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 gadgets! 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 unsued SAS Family Kits. SAS Family Kits are now obsolete and not available for purchase.

The physical SAS E-Telligence Pack  which contains 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 are 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.

To learn more about the SAS Provider model and subscription pricing, please review the SAS Provider page

A variety of SAS Provider subscription packages are 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.

To learn more about the SAS Provider model and subscription pricing, please review the SAS Provider page.

Pricing for enrolling in the 2021 training can be accessed via the SAS Professional Training page.

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. The self-paced online training course will be live from early March 2021, with pre-enrolments now open!

There are now three levels 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. 
  • 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 Assistants 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.

 

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  • 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.

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.

To learn more about professional training and how to apply, please visit our SAS Professional Training page.

More information on how to setup your organisation as an SAS Provider, please visit our SAS Provider page.

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

The digital edition of the SAS Small Group Program software will be available by mid-January 2021. With the intergrated self-paced online training units available from early March 2021.

In 2021:

  • The fast-access online SAS Computer Game 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.

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Start 2021 with the new digital edition of the SAS Small Group Program. We look forward to bringing you the future of group program delivery!

Provider Packages

Become an SAS Facilitator

Enrol 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

Enrol 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.