The Social Learning Studio 

DYNAMIC SOCIAL SKILLS GROUPS for kids, teens and alults, 

Connie Buckingham, 
Psychologist and Practice Director

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

Connie began running social skills group programs in 2004 for children in the Moonee Valley region called, while working for the Department of Education and Training as a School Psychologist.  In 2009 Connie established The Social Learning Studio, a private practice with a focus on social-emotional research and the development of engaging group skills programs. 

Connie is undertaking PhD research at the University of Melbourne.  Connie's area of research is in the development and evaluation of Universal (whole class) Social and Emotional learning programs.  Connie also develops theory based programs for the children that come into the clinic, offers incursions for schools, counselling for parents and social development training for individuals of all ages. 

Connie's work today has been shaped by her early career experiences as an integration aide within a student-centered teacher-guided school, applied behavioural analysis therapist, domestic violence support worker, school psychologist for the Department of Education and Training, and school counsellor for The Presbyterian Ladies College, Sydney.  

Within her Melbourne based practice Connie develops and delivers social skills programs, professional development seminars, school based incursions, provides counselling and individual therapy to children, adolescents and adults with a focus on social development.  

Connie also had the opportunity to contribute to the worlds first MOOC (Massive Open On-line Course) on the topic of Autism.  This was developed by The Swinburne University and is a free resource that is available at https://commons.swinburne.edu.au/hierarchy.do?topic=3f64f641-82e9-42f4-b409-205b36ffe317. 

Connie has an extensive career in the field of Autism, however Connie's equal passion is early-intervention and research towards nurturing positive peer relations.  

Connie's passion is sharing social knowledge and social learning experiences with children, adolescents and adults, so that they can pursue their own strengths and talents to be confident, happy, healthy individuals that contribute to their community in their own meaningful way.