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Social Skills Training groups

Social Skills Training groups offer opportunities for individuals who wish to learn more about effective social interactions and the basic skills that underlie building successful and lasting relationships. Group membership is based on age range. These groups are designed to meet the needs of individuals experiencing social skills difficulties related to diagnoses such as Asperger’s, Autism, ADHD, ODD, Bipolar Disorder, General Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, and Non-Verbal Learning Disability. However, no specific diagnosis is required for group participation.
Social skills groups are run by doctoral students in the Counseling Psychology Program at Colorado State University. The groups are overseen by Dr. Lee Rosén, Director of the Psychological Services Center (PSC), who is also a clinical psychologist and psychology professor at CSU.

Kids Social Skills Groups are aimed at teaching children new social skills and giving them a chance to practice them in group. In the past, we have focused on things like: conversation skills, friendship skills, emotions, anger and anxiety management, peer conflict management, and manners. Each week we start the group by reviewing what we talked about the previous week and then introduce the new topic or skill we’ll learn that day. There is usually a discussion of the topic or skill and the kids are encouraged to add their thoughts and opinions to the conversation. After the discussion there is usually some sort of activity or game that we play to help the children put the new skill into effect. We always have snack and social time during the last 10 minutes of group. These groups are designed for children ages 5-11.

The Adolescent Experiential Social Skills Group is designed to assist teenagers in translating social skills to real-world settings by providing an opportunity for teenage students to practice social skills in community settings. For example, possible activities include mini-golf, bowling, and other extra-curricular activities in which adolescents generally participate. This is a unique chance for teenagers with significant social skills difficulties to practice social skills with their peers in an interactive way. These groups are designed for adolescents ages 12-17.

The Adult Social Skills Group provides an opportunity for adults experiencing significant social skills difficulties to gain and practice skills for forming and maintaining social relationships. This group is organized to provide a didactic component that familiarizes participants with basic social skills for adult relationships, as well as a practical component in which skills are practiced. In addition to basic social skills training, this group offers participants the opportunity to gain support from peers experiencing similar difficulties.
For more information about any of our groups, please contact us at (970) 491-5212.

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