What is a social skills group?

Changes in social skills after a brain injury can have a negative impact on your quality of life, relationships and work. Social isolation and reduction in hobbies and recreation are often persistent problems a person encounters following injury that can cause disruption in the recovery process. Patients recovering from brain injury encounter a number of social challenges including difficulty with communication, friendships, dating, family relationships and leisure activities. Social skills training focuses on reestablishing meaningful social aspects of recovery, addressees community adjustment and your quality of life.

Why does a group help?

This form of therapy incorporates the invaluable dimensions of peer input and mentorship to improve insight and adjustment. The group process facilities hope and helps patients recognize that they are not alone in these problems. Group social skills training provides patients the opportunity to help their peers who have similar problems while developing individual social coping skills, increased self esteem, awareness, acceptance and adaptation.

What is psychoeducation?

Psychoeducation provides patients with information that improves understanding of the neurological sequalae of an acquired brain injury. Understanding your injury instills awareness and this is the precursor to change. Relevant topics include definition and nature of cognitive, language, physical and functional deficits and their anatomical correlates.

A Social Skills Group provides psychotherapeutic support, peer input, skill reaquisition and education for patients with acquired brain injury.

Primary Areas of Social Skills Group Training:

Communication Goals
Word Finding
Thought Organization
Information Processing
Body Language
Awareness of Impact on Others
Clarity of Speech
Recognition of Communication Styles
Turn Taking

Cognitive Goals

• Divergent thinking: Seeing the perspectives of others
• Interpersonal Problem Solving Skills
• Memory and Attention

Stress Management Goals

• Recognize impact of stress
• Identify Stress Management Techniques
• Self Advocacy
• Assertiveness Training

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who will be in the Social Skills Group?

All patients who wish to participate in a social skills group will be screened prior to their entry to the group. Groups are formed  based upon the age of the participant, severity of their injury and individual social skills treatment plan. The groups will be facilitated by a licensed speech therapist and clinical psychologist.

Q: How do I make an appointment?

Please call to request an appointment for a Social Skills Training Group screening evaluation at Shore Neuropsychology and Behavioral Health (732) 920-3434. Following your initial evaluation, you will be provided a group schedule and have an opportunity to meet group facilitators.

Q: How long will the evaluation take?

The evaluation will take approximately 45 minutes and will focus on understanding your current difficulties, medical history and current neuropsychological treatment plan. The social skills training group will run one hour and a half every other week.

Q: Will my insurance cover the cost of the social skills group?

Many insurance companies will cover part or all of the cost of the social skills training group. Prior to the time of the evaluation we will fully assist you with your insurance information and alternative payment arrangements. Our goal is to assist the brain injury community with a much needed group as an adjunctive therapy to existing neurorehabilitation plans.

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