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Title: Rel8: demonstrating the feasibility of delivering an 8-week social skills program in a public mental health setting.
Authors: Terlich, Alissa
Other Authors: Wauchope, B.
Lee, S.
Keywords: Community Mental Health Services
Social Skills Training
Recovery-Oriented Practices
Skills Development
Social Integration
Public Community Mental Health Setting
Social Skill Performance
Mental Health Services
Psychosocial-Oriented Practice
Rehabilitation, Mental Health and Chronic Pain Clinical Institute, Epworth HealthCare, Victoria, Australia
Issue Date: Jun-2016
Publisher: Wiley
Citation: 2016 Jun;24(3):285-8
Abstract: OBJECTIVE: As community mental health services integrate recovery-oriented practices, treatments that focus on skills development and social integration are desirable. This study aimed to examine the feasibility of implementing "Rel8", an 8-week social skills training group adapted to suit a public community mental health setting. METHOD: A retrospective audit was conducted of quantitative and qualitative data from four groups run between 2011 and 2013. Pre- and post-group measures were collected, assessing self-rated friendships and confidence with social skills and clinician-rated social skill performance. Qualitative feedback about group participation was also collected through use of a developed questionnaire. RESULTS: Analysis revealed significant improvements in participants' confidence with their social skills following group participation, with a trend also found for improved social skill performance. CONCLUSIONS: "Rel8", an adapted 8-week social skills training group, is a feasible program in the context of community mental health services. The program added to the recovery-centred practice of the community mental health service while also adding to the diversity of clinician skills for psychosocial-oriented practice.
DOI: 10.1177/1039856215612992
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ISSN: 1440-1665
Journal Title: Australasian Psychiatry : Bulletin of the The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP)
Type: Journal Article
Affiliated Organisations: Waiora Community Mental Health Service, Alfred Health, Victoria, Australia
Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre, The Alfred and Central Clinical School, Monash University, Victoria, Australia.
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
Type of Clinical Study or Trial: Cohort Study
Appears in Collections:Mental Health
Research Week

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