Cognitive-Behavioral Social Skills Training for Schizophrenia (Atelier en anglais)

Eric Granholm

Cognitive Behavioral Social Skills Training (CBSST) is a psychosocial rehabilitation intervention for consumers with schizophrenia or other forms of serious mental illness. In CBSST, consumers set very specific recovery goals related to living, learning, working, and socializing in their community of choice, and then learn cognitive, communication, and problem-solving skills to help them achieve these goals. CBSST can be delivered as a group therapy, individual therapy, or in the context of case management (e.g., assertive community treatment), and can be adapted for specific populations (e.g., addictions; geriatric consumers). 

This is a practical workshop that will provide a basic overview of the evidence-based cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), social skills training (SST), and problem-solving training interventions used in CBSST. A skills-based CBT approach is used to teach consumers how to catch, check and change (“The 3C’s”) inaccurate dysfunctional thoughts that interfere with goal-directed activities, including defeatist expectancies (“It won’t be fun”), low self-efficacy beliefs (“I can’t do it”), and anomalous beliefs (“Spirits will harm me if I go out”).  SST is used to teach communication skills to improve assertive engagement in interpersonal interactions, and problem-solving skills are trained to facilitate recovery goal achievement and combat negative symptoms and depression. The primary goal of this workshop is to provide novice to intermediate providers with a foundation in CBSST and practical clinical guidance on delivering the three CBSST modules.