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From The CriticsReviewer: Elaine M. Scorza, MS, APRN, BC (Rush University College of Nursing)
Description: This book thoroughly explores the multifaceted concepts and steps involved in social skills training for people with schizophrenia, in particular, and others who experience the same type of social skills deficits.
Purpose: The purpose is described as identifying the interpersonal behaviors we define as social skills, describe the basis for discomfort in interpersonal relationships that lack of these skills produces, and give practical ways to conduct a group experience to help those with lack of skills to gain skills in interpersonal relationships, thus potentially improving the quality of their life.
Audience: While mainly serving those clinicians who work with people with schizophrenia, this book could be useful for a wide variety of disciplines, including those who work with addictions, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, and counselors.
Features: This second edition incorporates the most recent clinical tools available and includes available research to support evidence-based practice as much as possible. It begins with an understanding of the concepts and assessment of client needs, then, in part II, offers user friendly worksheets for both the client and the therapist in bolstering old and gaining new skills. The new chapter on dual diagnosis and training enhances the usefulness of this edition. The book also spans age groups, being appropriate for selected adolescents as well as older adults in need of these skills. According to the author, this book is intended as a hands-on manual for new and experienced clinicians who wish to conduct effective social skills training groups. The author, a past president of the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy and of the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology, is a first recipient of an award for lifetime research on psychosocial aspects of schizophrenia, and is well qualified to author this work. His knowledge and experience in this area is clear throughout the book.
Assessment: This is an excellent book with a strong practical component that supports the particular National Institute of Health Guideline for schizophrenia, that persons with schizophrenia should be offered social skills training, along with the key elements well represented in the book.