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Social Skills Training

Description of the Strategy

Social skills training, often in combination with other methods, has been used to address a wide variety of presenting complaints, including depression, loneliness, employment opportunities, substance abuse, aggressive and explosive behaviors, and obsessive-compulsive behaviors. It has been used to help people make friends, arrange dates, and acquire needed help (e.g., on the part of individuals with learning disabilities). The aim of social skills training is to enhance interpersonal effectiveness in social situations. We may not get a job that we want because we lack the skills to speak up and present ourselves well in a situation. We may not be effective in meeting friends because of a lack of skills in initiating conversations. Lack of effective social skills may ...

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