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Social Skills & Coping Skills Training

Healing from mental health disorders, trauma and other difficulties requires learning or re-learning everyday skills. We help clients develop social skills and effective coping skills they can use to deal with stress, tension and pressures.

What Are Social Skills?

Social skills are defined as the ability to communicate freely and openly with others, to exchange ideas, conversation and pleasantries with friends, peers, co-workers and new acquaintances. When a client has been devastated or frightened by experiences in life, whether due to physical violence, trauma, stress disorders, anxiety, depression or substance abuse, their ability to communicate effectively can be compromised. They no longer trust or have faith in others, nor do they feel the desire or ability to say what’s on their mind.

Social skills training takes place in a supportive environment where everyone is valued and appreciated. There are no judgments or harsh criticisms. Clients are empowered in social skills training to learn the art of conversation and to be with others in a social setting.

What Are Coping Skills?

Clients need effective ways of dealing with stressors so that they won’t relapse or feel disappointed in their ability to navigate everyday life. We teach coping skills that clients can practice, become comfortable using, and rely upon when they return home.

Coping skills are part of the healing client’s recovery toolbox. Each person will likely use several coping skills. Clients are encouraged to add new skills that prove effective, to combine these with tried-and-true skills, and to feel comfortable using all of them.

Common ways coping skills can be developed include:

  • Participating in support groups
  • Practicing relaxation techniques
  • Working with a sponsor
  • Practicing mindfulness or other meditation techniques
  • Keeping a journal
  • Attending therapy sessions
  • Exercising to release tension and stress
  • Recognizing the triggers of relapse, such as hunger, anger, loneliness and tiredness, and having strategies in place to effectively deal with them

To learn more about Social Skills & Coping Skills Training, call 844-876-5568

Posted on July 6, 2017 and modified on April 27, 2019

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