Gingerich, S., and Mueser, K. (2005). Coping Skills Group: A Session-by-Session Guide. Wellness Reproductions & Publishing, Plainview, NY.
This step-by-step manual for group leaders provides the necessary ingredients to improve the lives of consumers who have significant problems related to their mental illness. It includes guidelines for using cognitive-behavioral strategies to teach more effective coping skills. It places a strong emphasis upon encouraging group members to put knowledge, strategies, and skills into practice. Some topics covered include the following:
- Focusing on personal strengths
- Understanding mental Illness
- Reducing stress
- Connecting with people
- Expressing positive feelings
- Getting closer to people
- Standing up in a positive way
- Managing anger
- Using time well
- Avoiding problems with alcohol and other drugs
There is also a group-leader's kit available.
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