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|Title:||Rel8: demonstrating the feasibility of delivering an 8-week social skills program in a public mental health setting.|
|Epworth Authors:||Terlich, Alissa|
|Other Authors:||Wauchope, B.|
|Keywords:||Community Mental Health Services|
Social Skills Training
Public Community Mental Health Setting
Social Skill Performance
Mental Health Services
Rehabilitation, Mental Health and Chronic Pain Clinical Institute, Epworth HealthCare, Victoria, Australia
|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.|
|Journal Title:||Australasian Psychiatry : Bulletin of the The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP)|
|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|
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