Cognitive Behaviour Drama (CBD) An Innovative Intervention for Teaching Social Skills to Children with ASD, Level 1 and 2





Saturday 1st September, 2018

9.30am – 4.00pm




          Dr Haris Karnezi


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For Cancellations: Up to 7 days notice payment will be refunded, minus a $50 administrative fee. At less than 7 days notice there will be no refund, but a credit note with Minds and Hearts for future events, minus $50, will be issued. Attendance is fully transferable. 



Dr Haris Karnezi is a professional actor and drama facilitator. She is the founder/director of the Cognitive Behavior Drama (CBD) Center in Athens, Greece. Her educational qualifications include a Bachelor degree in Performing Arts from the Athens School of Dramatic Art, an MA in Drama in Education from the University of Central England in Birmingham, and a PhD from the School of Psychology, at Trinity College Dublin. Honors and awards she has received include the prestigious Woman of the Year Award (2009), the Trinity College Dublin Postgraduate Research Award (2007), funding from the Irish National Council for Special Education (2007), three year scholarship from Trinity College Dublin (2004-07). She has presented her work in peer-reviewed conferences, nationally and internationally and has trained professionals around the globe – Ireland, Australia, Mexico, USA and Greece- on how to implement her method. 



CBD is a research-based intervention model that brings together the science of psychology with the art form of drama to create an unobtrusive and exciting approach that would provide children on the higher end of the autism spectrum the opportunity to explore the rules of social interaction and develop competences associated with communicative success such as: listening; turn taking; initiating and responding to social initiations; reading and interpreting non verbal cues (body language, facial and vocal expression). The method involves engaging the participants in exciting fictional scenarios and encouraging them to seek various solutions on numerous problems that will lead them to an understanding of causal relationships (e.g. how a different course of action/behaviour may affect the outcome of an interaction).  For more information on the CBD model, please visit: 

Learning Outcomes: 

Knowledge of the theoretical framework, curriculum and teaching principles of the CBD model to teach social skills and social problem-solving to primary-aged children (6-12 years old);

Engagement in a CBD program enabling an experiential understanding of how the model works in practice;

 • Ability to develop a CBD lesson plan to teach social understanding in ways that engage and inspire children with ASD. 



Professionals in the field of autism: psychologists, occupational therapists, speech therapists and special education teachers.



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