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Skills Training & Development 

Skills Training and Development Services are skill trainings and therapeutic supports that assist individuals with achieving and maintaining community stability through teaching and reinforcement of healthy independent living skills, identifying and using other resources in their community, and monitoring of psychical health and nutrition. These therapies may include:

  • Skills for managing daily responsibilities (e.g., paying bills, attending school, and performing chores); Communication skills (e.g., effective communication and recognizing or change problematic communication styles);

  • Pro-social skills (e.g., replacing problematic behaviors with behaviors that are socially and culturally appropriate or developing interpersonal relationship skills necessary to function effectively with family, peer, teachers, or other people in the community);

  • Problem-solving skills; Assertiveness skills (e.g., resisting peer pressure, replacing aggressive behaviors with assertive behaviors, and expressing one's own opinion in a manner that is socially appropriate);

  • Social skills and expanding the individual social support network, (e.g., selection of appropriate friends and healthy activities); Stress reduction techniques (e.g., progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing exercises, guided imagery, and selected visualization);

  • Anger management skills (e.g., identification of antecedents to anger, calming down, stopping and thinking before acting, handling criticism, avoiding and disengaging from explosive situations);

  • Skills to manage the symptoms of serious mental illness or SED and to recognize and modify unreasonable beliefs, thoughts and expectations;

  • Skills to identify and utilize community resources and informal supports;

  • Skills to identify and utilize acceptable leisure time activities (e.g., identifying pleasurable leisure time activities that will foster acceptable behavior); and

  • Independent living skills (e.g., money management, accessing and using transportation, grocery shopping, maintaining housing, maintaining a job, and decision making).

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