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Designed to facilitate group work in a range of settings, this book presents an empirically tested format and ready-made curricula for teaching essential social skills to schizophrenia clients. Part I provides a detailed overview of principles and methods. Chapters take readers step-by-step through assessing existing skills, introducing new skills, and maintaining and consolidating gains. Troubleshooting tips are included for managing common problems with highly symptomatic and highly functioning clients, and the authors show how techniques can be tailored to meet clients' individual needs. Part II comprises 48 clearly written and up-to-date skill sheets. Each sheet--essentially a complete lesson plan in itself--explains the rationale for the specific skill at hand, breaks the skill down into three or four smaller steps, suggests role-play scenarios, and alerts clinicians to special considerations. Appendices include concise guidelines for orienting group leaders and members and conducting group sessions effectively, as well as sample assessment forms and other useful materials.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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"Social Skills Training for Schizophrenia is that all-too-rare example of a book which is both informed by rigorous research and inspired by clinical experience. The authors provide the most comprehensive manual to date for those practitioners interested in assessing and teaching social skills to individuals with serious and persistent mental illness. In easy-to-understand terms, they have combined 30 years of social learning principles with very recent knowledge gathered from neurocognitive research to facilitate the successful implementation, application and maintenance of this critically important psychiatric rehabilitation modality. Of particular interest and value to practitioners who wish to learn the practical points of establishing social skills training groups, the authors describe how to motivate clients to participate, and how to organize the curricula and content of the training. Part II of the book has very specific 'lesson plans,' or goals for teaching a variety of skills that will be useful to persons with mental disorders such as schizophrenia; for example, getting a date and engaging in safe sex. The material of conversational skills can be used as an introduction to the more detailed and structured module for training Basic Conversation Skills that has been developed and validated by the UCLA Clinical Research Center for Schizophrenia & Psychiatric Rehabilitation. This book should serve as an effective tool in disseminating the technology of social skills training to a new generation of rehabilitation practitioners." --Alex Kopelowicz, MD, UCLA School of Medicine; Medical Director, San Fernando Mental Health Center; and Robert Paul Liberman, MD, UCLA School of Medicine

"Social Skills Training for Schizophrenia by Bellack, Mueser, Gingerich, and Agresta, should be required reading for any professional, regardless of discipline, who works with individuals with schizophrenia. It is unique, clinically sophisticated, painstakingly data-based, and pragmatic. It is beautifully written, easy to follow and implement, and completely comprehensive. Nothing is left to chance, and all details are in place. It is a socially significant document, since it provides a means to improve the social functioning of schizophrenia clients in order to diminish the need for hospitalization. Indeed, the document is a message of hope. Given the two senior authors' long experience working with this most difficult-to-treat population, it is most apparent to this reader that they have been able to impart their hard-earned clinical secrets to the readership with consummate ease. I rarely have read a clearer or better text. My prediction is that this will become a classic in the field. As Johannes Brahms once said to Johann Strauss about one of his waltzes, 'I wish I had written it.'" --Michel Hersen, PhD, ABPP, Center for Psychological Studies, NOVA Southeastern University

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Presents an empirically tested format and ready-made curricula for teaching social skills to schizophrenic clients in a group setting. Part I overviews principles and methods, covering assessment, tailoring techniques to meet client needs, and managing problems with different types of clients. Part II offer 48 detailed skill sheets which explain the rationale for each skill, break the skill down into smaller steps, suggest role-play scenarios, and note special considerations. Appendices include guidelines for orienting group leaders and members and for conducting sessions, plus sample forms. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572301771
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/20/1997
  • Series: Treatment Manuals For Practitioners
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.48 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Meet the Author


Alan S. Bellack, PhD ,University of Maryland School of Medicine
Kim T. Muessere , PhD ,Dartmouth Medical School
Susan Gingerich , MSW , Delaware Psychiatric Center
Julie Agresta ,MSS , Allegheny University of Health Sciences.
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Table of Contents


I. Principles, Format, and Techniques for Social Skills Training of Clients with Schizophrenia
1. Schizophrenia and Social Skills
2. Assessment of Social Skills
3. Techniques for Introducing Social Skills
4. Techniques for Consolidating Social Skills
5. Starting a Skills Group
6. Using Curricula for Social Skills Training Groups
7. Tailoring Skills for Individual Needs
8. Troubleshooting I: Common Problems and Problems with Highly Symptomatic Clients
9. Troubleshooting II: Problems with High-Functioning Clients and Dually Diagnosed Clients
10. Reducing Relapse by Creating a Supportive Environment
II. Steps for Teaching 48 Specific Social Skills: Curricular Skill Sheets
Introduction
*Conversation Skills
*Conflict Management Skills
*Assertiveness Skills
*Community Living Skills
*Friendship and Dating Skills
*Medication Management Skills
*Vocational/Work Skills
Epilogue: Tips For Effective Social Skills Training
Appendix A: Materials Useful to Group Leaders
Appendix B: Materials Related to Assessment
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