Social Skills Inventory

Social Skills Training Guide

Social Skills Training Guide

Resource guide for Social Skills training and development based on many years of scientific research and development on human social skills.

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Social Skills Inventory
Social Skills Training Guide
Ronald E. Riggio and Ryan K. Merlin
Copyright © 2011 by Ronald E. Riggio & Ryan K. Merlin

The Social Skills Training Guide is a resource guide for Social Skills training and development. Based on many years of scientific research and development on human social skills, it is suitable for beginning, middle, and advanced trainers. The guide has been designed to be replicable and flexible to allow you as the trainer to identify and accommodate the needs of your clients. It provides exercises for the classroom and outside of the classroom.

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About This Training Guide
Unit 1 – Introduction and Overview
Welcome to Our Model of Social Skill Training and Development
Using This Resource Guide
Unit II – Theoretical Background and Research: The Social Skills Model and Social Skills Inventory (SSI)
The Self-Report Social Skills Inventory (SSI)
The 6 Social Skills Scales
Emotional Expressivity (EE)
Emotional Sensitivity (ES)
Emotional Control (EC)
Total Emotional (TE) Score
Social Expressivity (SE)
Social Sensitivity (SS)
Social Control (SC)
Total Social (TS) Score
The Equilibrium Index (EI): The Question of Balance Among the Social Skills Scales
The Other-Report Social Skills Inventory (O-SSI)
Unit III - Using the Social Skills Inventory (SSI) Assessment
Tips on Administration
Interpreting the SSI
Understanding the Roots and Dynamics of Social Skill Deficiencies
Preparing for Feedback
Providing Feedback
Developing an Action Plan
Unit IV – Designing Social Skills Training Programs
Effective Trainers Understand and Use Different Learning Styles
Design Principles
Know Thy Clients
Initial Training Information Sheet
Know Thyself
The Stages of Skill Development
Train the Trainer - The Fifth Stage:
Preparing the Client
Social Skills Workshop Exercise Format
Unit V - Training the Six Social Skills
Social Skills Exercise Format
**Introductory Exercise – Speed “Dating”
Introductory Exercise – Agatha Christie Would Be Proud: Asking the Right Questions
Emotional Expressivity (EE)
Homework : Emotional Expressivity (EE)
Emotional Sensitivity (ES)
Homework: Emotional Sensitivity (ES)
Emotional Control (EC)
Homework: Emotional Control (EC)
Social Expressivity (SE)
Training Exercises
Homework: Social Expressivity (SE)
Social Sensitivity (SS)
Social Control
Impromptu Speaking: List of Words for Topics
Impromptu Speaking: List of Connective Phrases
Appendix: Reproducible Exercise and Homework Forms
Initial Training Information Sheet
Bringing out the Best and the Worst in You Exercise
Become a People Watcher
Debate a Hot Topic: Sample Topics
Homework: Social Expressivity (SE)
Reading Between the Lines Critical Thinking Questions:
Communication Awareness Exercise
Social Situation Vignette Handout
Homework: Social Sensitivity
Be Assertive: Sample Scenarios Handout:
Job Interview Role Play: Observer’s Form
Giving Critical Feedback: Simulation Scenarios
Famous People: Charades: Sample List
Impromptu Speaking: Topic Words
Impromptu Speaking: List of Connective Phrases:
Homework: Social Control
Social Skill Homework Assignment Worksheet
Social Skills Related Training Ideas

Page Count: 199

Social Skills Inventory
Merlin, Ryan K.

Ryan K. Merlin is a doctoral student at Claremont Graduate University with a concentration in Industrial Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior.

Riggio, Ronald E.

Ronald E. Riggio, Ph.D., is a leadership scholar and organizational psychologist. His areas of expertise include human resources management, innovation, leadership, organizational psychology, and non-verbal communication. Dr. Riggio is the Henry R. Kravis Professor of Leadership and Organizational Psychology at Claremont McKenna College (Claremont, CA).