Social Skills Training

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  • Social Skills Training
    • What are Social Skills
      • Social skills are the behaviours, verbal and        non-verbal, that we use in order to communicate effectively with other people.
        • Eye contact with others during conversation
        • Smiling when greeting people
        • Shaking hands when meeting someone
        • Using the right tone and volume of voice
        • Flirting
        • Expressing opinions to others
        • Perceiving how others are feeling and showing empathy
        • Appropriate emotional responses
    • What is Social Skills Training
      • Is a type of psychotherapy that works to help people improve their social skills so they can become socially competent.
        • This psychotherapy can be done one-on-one or in a group situation (group therapy in a safe and comfortable environment).
      • Is a behavioural therapy but  cognitive therapy can also be used in some situations to maximise the success of SST.
    • Who can benefit from SST
      • SST is mainly used for individuals that are diagnosed with certain mental or psychological disorders and whose symptoms involve poor social functioning.
        • Although SST can be very effective in helping people learn the necessary social skills, it is very rare to be a stand alone therapy.
          • Sometimes  a combined psychotherapy or medication is needed.
    • What is involved in SST
      • Basic SST implementation structure
        • Identifying the problem
        • Setting the goals
        • Modelling
        • Roleplaying
        • Feedback
        • Homework
    • Social Anxiety and SST
      • SST training alone will not fix the situation. SST can be very effective in combination with other psychotherapy programs
        • Effectiveness
          • SST can be very effective if you have self-efficacy. If you are consistent and determined, practise your skills and come back for follow-ups, you are likely to benefit from SST.
      • The social skills commonly focused on in social phobias are:
        • Appropriate speech volume
        • Intonation
        • Expressing opinions
        • Self-confidence
        • Awareness

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