Do you feel like you need to improve or acquire social skills? Luckily, Social Skills are behaviours that can be learned and enhanced. In Sinews, we understand that often the very people who want to improve their social skills are the ones that find it most difficult to put themselves in social situations. If you find yourself feeling awkward and out of place in social settings, unsure of what to say or confused about the unwritten rules that everyone else seems to know and follow - this is the group for you.
2. What are Social Skills?
Social Skills are all the behaviours and courses of actions we employ in order to communicate and interact with others. They are used to express emotions, attitudes, desires, opinions and rights, while, respecting other people´s behaviours as well as our own. Social skills minimise the chance of possible conflicts in the future and solve immediate challenges.
3. Why are social skills so important?
We live in a world where we use our social skills daily. Sometimes we feel insecure when practising them or the outcome is not what we expected. Other times we are hard on ourselves and would like to have an alternative way to express something. Occasionally, we might find ourselves in a conflict or we may avoid social situations in order to not feel negative emotions. This set of workshops will provide you with strategies for these situations and other similar scenarios.
4. Why a Group Setting?
It is scientifically proven that being a part of a group is one of the best therapeutic settings in which to acquire Social Skills. We learn much quicker when doing something, rather than just talking or thinking about it. In a group setting, we can observe and test the skills we are learning with others. The aim is for these new behaviours to become a natural part of how you interact with people on a day-to-day basis. Practice makes perfect!
5. The benefits of Social Skills groups
- Its effectiveness has been scientifically demonstrated.
- Easy to learn techniques.
- The techniques can be adapted to individual needs.
- A group setting allows for faster learning.
- You will be sharing the experience with people who face the same challenges, so you will not feel as anxious as when practising with other people.
- Therapy is a non-judgemental setting, so you will feel secure and comfortable.
- Communication. In this module you will learn various communication styles; verbal and non-verbal communication, assertiveness and how to avoid conflicts. (2 sessions)
- Confidence. Confidence is key when we communicate. In this module you will learn how to feel confident in social interactions. We will explore negative emotions and anxiety´s role in social situations, the different ways to manage these and the types of thoughts that come up when we socialise. For example, we can sometimes feel anxious when public speaking or when talking to a figure of authority. (2 sessions)
- Connection. Do you tend to feel guilty after you say something? Is it difficult for you to speak your mind, to say “no” or to respond to criticism? Do you find it difficult to put yourself in another person´s shoes? Do you feel like you are not interesting or that you have nothing to talk about? In this module you will practice connecting with others. (2 sessions)
- Internalising the new tools. In this module we will practice all the tools you have learnt in the previous modules. (1 session)
It is scientifically proven that practice is key in order to internalise new strategies and tools which is why, at the end of each session, we will take the time to practice everything we have learned so far.
7. For Who?
It is an open group for people between 16 and 21 years of age and is aimed at anyone who feels they want to improve their social skills or their confidence in social situations and also those who feel they have social difficulties (for example in communication, empathy or making connections with others).
8. Duration, Location and Price
7 weeks. 25€/1-hour session
ONLINE - This group takes place via Video Conference
Weekly sessions, Thursday or Friday: 20:00-21:15