The Social Learning Studio

Dynamic Social Skills group Programs, Counselling, PD and Workshops

Connie Buckingham

  • Specialisation in the development and evaluation of social and emotional learning (SEL) programs.  
  • Author of The Friendship Saver Program (universal SEL program)
  •  Develops social skills programs for clinical populations (High Functioning Autism specific)
  • Professional Development for educators, psychologists and counsellors.  

Connie Buckingham (formerly Connie Malatsis) is the Principal Psychologist at The Social Learning Studio and PhD Candidate at The University of Melbourne (Department of Psychology). 


Connie's research focus is in the area of Universal Social and Emotional Learning programs. Connie began running social skills group programs in 2004 for children in the Moonee Valley region called 'The Moonee Valley Kids Social Skills Group Programs'.  In 2009 Connie established The Social Learning Studio, a private practice with a focus on social emotional research and the development of engaging social skills programs. 

Connie has previously worked as an integration aide, Applied Behavioural Analysis therapist, School Psychologist within the private and public school sectors, and private practitioner.

Kevin O'Neill

  • ASD Assessments
  • Adolescent and Adult Counselling (ASD Specific)
  • Couples Counselling and Mediation 

Kevin O’Neill completed his degree in Psychology and Diploma of Education at La Trobe University, and commenced work as a Secondary School Teacher with the Department of Education.  Whilst working with the Department, he completed his Diploma of Applied Child Psychology and continued working with the Department as an Educational Psychologist.  

Concurrently, Kevin completed mediation training and since then has worked as a mediator and conciliator for twenty years, recently completing his Masters in Conflict Resolution in 2008. Kevin is a member of the Australian Psychological Society.