Bellack, A.S., Mueser, K.T., Gingerich, S., and Agresta, J. (2004). Social Skills Training for Schizophrenia: A Step-by-Step Guide, 2nd Edition. Guilford Press, New York.
This popular manual presents an empirically tested format and ready-made curricula for skills-training groups in a range of settings. Part 1 takes therapists and counselors step by step through assessing clients' existing skills, teaching new skills, and managing common treatment challenges. Part 2 comprises over 60 ready-to-photocopy skill sheets. Each sheet is essentially a complete lesson plan. It explains the rationale for the skill at hand, breaks it down into smaller steps, suggests role-play scenarios, and highlights special considerations. Of special value for practitioners, the 8.5" x 11" format makes it easy to reproduce and use the practical materials in the book (source: Guilford Press).