Rel8: Demonstrating the feasibility of delivering an 8-week social skills program in a public mental health setting

Bronwyn Wauchope, Alissa Terlich, Stuart Lee

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Objective: As community mental health services integrate recovery-oriented practices, treatments that focus on skills development and social integration are desirable. This study aimed to examine the feasibility of implementing "Rel8", an 8-week social skills training group adapted to suit a public community mental health setting. Method: A retrospective audit was conducted of quantitative and qualitative data from four groups run between 2011 and 2013. Pre- and post-group measures were collected, assessing self-rated friendships and confidence with social skills and clinician-rated social skill performance. Qualitative feedback about group participation was also collected through use of a developed questionnaire. Results: Analysis revealed significant improvements in participants' confidence with their social skills following group participation, with a trend also found for improved social skill performance. Conclusions: "Rel8", an adapted 8-week social skills training group, is a feasible program in the context of community mental health services. The program added to the recovery-centred practice of the community mental health service while also adding to the diversity of clinician skills for psychosocial-oriented practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)285-288
Number of pages4
JournalAustralasian Psychiatry
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Community mental health services
  • Recovery
  • Schizophrenia
  • Social skills training

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