The Social Skills Handbook

Jul 1997


This is a practical photocopiable guide to setting up and running social skills groups.

The ideas presented will act as a stimulus to therapists and trainers working with clients who need to develop more effective social communication skills.

Based on well-established therapeutic principles, it contains:

  • An overview of pertinent theory and the principles of groupwork
  • A range of useful and adaptable ideas for practical activities designed to facilitate social communication skills
  • Starts with basic, confidence-building tasks and progresses to more complex assignments
  • All activities are easy to implement and clearly laid out with information on format, resources required and tips for group leaders.


180pp, illustrated, wire-o-bound


  • What is Social Communication?
  • Guidelines for Setting up and Running Groups
  • Basic Social Communication - Practical Activities:
  • Looking and Listening
  • Saying How You Feel
  • Conversation in Relationships
  • Complex Social Communication - Practical Activities:
  • Getting Things Done
  • Dealing with Work
  • Managing Problems

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Published reviews

"Well presented and stimulating to read... the instructions for activities are easy to follow." 
Sarah Donoghue, Senior Lecturer, Newcastle Upon Tyne Polytechnic, British Journal of Occupational Therapy

“This is an intriguing book”  
Therapy Weekly

“Its strengths lie in its clear presentation and organisation, and the wealth and variety of activities suggested.” CSLT Bulletin

“It is a tool box full of ideas”  
Nick Moore, Care Weekly