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Social Skills Training

Social Skills Training

Social skills training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) focuses on improving interpersonal abilities to develop social interactions and overall mental well-being. This approach is vital for individuals with social anxiety, communication issues, or interpersonal conflicts.

Addressing Key Challenges

  1. Difficulty in forming and maintaining relationships
  2. Social anxiety and fear of social interactions
  3. Miscommunication and conflict resolution challenges
  4. Low self-esteem and confidence in social settings

In-depth Insight

Social skills training in CBT helps individuals develop essential interpersonal skills through structured exercises and role-playing scenarios. It emphasises practical actions to improve communication, assertiveness, and empathy, enabling individuals to improve social skills and build healthier relationships.

Key Features and Benefits:

  1. Enhances communication skills
  2. Builds confidence in social interactions
  3. Teaches conflict resolution and assertiveness
  4. Promotes empathy and understanding in relationships

Convenience and Flexibility:

Social skills training can be adapted to individual needs, making it accessible and helpful for diverse groups, including children, adolescents, and adults.

About Social Skills Training

Social skills training is a core component of CBT, focusing on developing specific skills to improve social interactions. It is particularly beneficial for individuals with social anxiety or interpersonal difficulties.

How It Helps

By practising social interactions in a safe and structured environment, individuals can gradually build the confidence and skills needed to interact in real-life situations.

How It Works

Therapists use role-playing, modelling, and feedback to teach and reinforce social skills. These sessions often include homework assignments to practice skills in real-world settings.


What is social skills training in CBT?
Social skills training in CBT involves structured exercises and role-playing to enhance interpersonal skills, improving social interactions and mental well-being.
Who can benefit from social skills training in CBT?
Individuals with social anxiety, communication difficulties, or interpersonal conflicts can greatly benefit from social skills training in CBT.
What actions are used in social skills training?
Activities include role-playing, modelling, feedback, and homework assignments to practice skills in real-life scenarios.


  1. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Social Skills Training
  2. Psychology Today: Social Skills Training
  3. Verywell Mind: Social Skills Training in CBT
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