What is social skills training?

What is social skills training?

Social or interpersonal skills deficits commonly prevent some people with schizophrenia from integrating within the community and living a satisfying life. The goal of social skills training is to equip people with the confidence to navigate this area of life by teaching exercises such as making a request, listening to other people and the importance of eye contact or reaching a solution with others. Classes may also cover practicals skills such as making a meal, managing money or workplace skills.

Social skills training breaks down each task into manageable steps and offers opportunities for participants to practice and build on the skills – a bit like learning to dance. These programs can be organised through a day-centre unit, attended by people in either hospitals or the community, on an individual basis or in a group setting.


What is the evidence supporting the use of social skills programs?

High quality evidence shows a large benefit of social skills training for improving social interactions (particularly for inpatients), as well as some benefit for community function, symptom improvement, particularly negative symptoms, and for reduced relapse rates.

Moderate quality evidence shows a medium to large benefit of social cognitive skills programs for improving emotion perception and Theory of Mind capacities, particularly for those with longer illness durations.


Read about our study here.

For more information, visit www.schizophreniaresearch.org.au/library

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