All of our clients at Redwood Extended Care Facility engage in Social Skills Training as part of their rehabilitation programmes. This work is carried out with groups of clients of comparable levels of ability. The aim of Social Skills training is to promote socially appropriate behaviour in order to facilitate adaptive interpersonal functioning and thereby optimise rehabilitation outcomes.
Some of the areas explored in these sessions include: effective communication; emotional regulation; management of negative emotions; self-awareness and understanding social inferences. Social skills relating to these areas are developed through practical learning tasks such as role-play. Clients are encouraged by all staff members to apply what they have learnt to their everyday social experiences.