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Social Skills Training for Schizophrenia, Second Edition : A Step-by-Step Guide - Julie Agresta

Social Skills Training for Schizophrenia, Second Edition

A Step-by-Step Guide

Paperback Published: 7th April 2004
ISBN: 9781572308466
Number Of Pages: 337

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In a large-size format for easy photocopying, this manual presents an empirically tested format and ready-made curricula for skills training groups in a range of settings. Part I takes therapists and counselors step by step through assessing clients' existing skills, teaching new skills, and managing common treatment challenges. Part II comprises over 60 skill sheets. Each sheet--essentially a complete lesson plan--explains the rationale for the skill at hand, breaks it down into smaller steps, suggests role-play scenarios, and highlights special considerations. Appendices include reproducible client handouts and assessment tools; purchasers get access to a Web page where they can download and print these materials for repeated use.

"This book is an essential tool for psychiatric rehabilitation. As with the previous edition, these eminent and highly regarded authors present a step-by-step guide to developing extremely successful social skills training programs. The second edition addresses the significant problem of substance abuse by providing carefully planned, customized group procedures and clever handouts specifically designed to address social skills deficits in the dual diagnosis population. Another highlight of this edition is its comprehensive review of the many clinical trials that have established social skills training as a decidedly effective, evidence-based practice for improving a wide range of community outcomes for those with schizophrenia."--Dawn I. Velligan, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

"The second edition of this highly successful book is a very useful guide for all mental health professionals who work with persons with chronic schizophrenia. After stabilizing the acute episode with antipsychotic medications, the rehabilitation begins, and this book enables practitioners to optimize clients' functional outcomes. The new chapters about social skills training as an evidence-based practice and about working with clients who abuse drugs and alcohol are particularly relevant and useful. As a clinical supervisor of psychiatric trainees, I will strongly urge my supervisees and other members of the mental health treatment team to use this guide to facilitate the integration of biological and psychosocial management approaches."--Henry A. Nasrallah, MD, Department of Psychiatry, University of Cincinnati Medical Center

"The definitive text on the topic. This second edition will be extraordinarily valuable both for experienced clinicians with a background in social skills training and for those who are interested in expanding their skills by adapting this evidence-based practice. The strength of this volume is that it provides a scholarly discussion of social deficits in schizophrenia together with a highly practical approach for conducting social skills training."--Stephen R. Marder, MD, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles

Principles, Format, and Techniques for Social Skills Training of Clients with Schizophrenia
Schizophrenia and Social Skills
Social Skills Training as an Evidence-Based Practice
Assessment of Social Skills
Teaching Social Skills
Starting a Skills Group
Using Curricula for Social Skills Training Groups
Tailoring Skills for Individual Needs
Troubleshooting: Common Problems and Challenging Clients
Working with Clients Who Abuse Drugs and Alcohol
Reducing Relapse by Creating a Supportive Environment
Parting Tips for Social Skills Trainers
Steps for Teaching Specific Social Skills: Curricular Skill Sheets
Materials Useful to Group Leaders
Materials Related to Assessment
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ISBN: 9781572308466
ISBN-10: 157230846X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 337
Published: 7th April 2004
Publisher: Guilford Publications
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 27.9 x 21.6  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.72
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition