Skillstreaming the Adolescent

Skillstreaming the Adolescent
A Guide for Teaching Prosocial Skills
Third Edition
Program Book
Middle School
High School
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Skillstreaming the Adolescent: A Guide for Teaching Prosocial Skills

The widely acclaimed approach developed by Dr. Arnold P. Goldstein and colleagues, now in 8½×11 format with reproducible skill outlines, skill homework reports, and program forms. Now includes forms CD.


Skillstreaming the Adolescent employs a four-part training approach—modeling, role-playing, performance feedback, and generalization—to teach essential prosocial skills to adolescents. This book provides a complete description of the Skillstreaming program, with instructions for teaching 50 prosocial skills.

Part 1: Skillstreaming Program Content and Implementation

Chapters on effective Skillstreaming arrangements, Skillstreaming teaching procedures, refining skill use, teaching for skill generalization, managing behavior problems, Skillstreaming in the school context, and more.

Part 2: Skill Outlines and Homework Reports

Skill outlines are handy one-page summaries for each skill, including skill steps, guidelines for skill instruction, and suggested situations for modeling displays. Homework reports list skill steps and guide students in practicing the skills and evaluating skill use outside the Skillstreaming group.

Skill Areas

  • Classroom Survival Skills
  • Friendship-Making Skills
  • Skills for Dealing with Feelings
  • Skill Alternatives to Aggression
  • Skills for Dealing with Stress

Appendixes provide all program forms needed to ensure a successful Skillstreaming intervention, plus leader and observer checklists to ensure program integrity.

Praise for the Skillstreaming series

“The third edition of the Skillstreaming series is my first choice as the go-to resource for a research-based, user-friendly, and level social skills curriculum for professionals in all settings serving children and youth.”

Sheldon Braaten, PhD,
Founder and Executive Director,
Behavior Institute for Children and Adolescents

Table of Contents

Figures and Tables


Social Skills and the Adolescent
What Is Skillstreaming?
Included in This Book

Skillstreaming Program Content and Implementation

Chapter 1—Effective Skillstreaming Arrangements

Group Leader Selection and Preparation
Participant Selection and Grouping, Preparation, and Motivation
Support Staff and Program Coordinator Roles
Skillstreaming Group Mechanics

Chapter 2—Skillstreaming Teaching Procedures

Core Teaching Procedures
Steps in the Skillstreaming Session
Implementation Integrity

Chapter 3—Sample Skillstreaming Session

Introduction to Skillstreaming
Skill Instruction

Chapter 4—Refining Skill Use

Cognitive-Behavioral Strategies
Factors in Successful Skill Use
Skill Shifting, Combinations, Adaptation, and Development

Chapter 5—Enhancing Skill Generalization

Transfer-Enhancing Procedures
Maintenance-Enhancing Procedures

Chapter 6—Managing Behavioral Concerns

Group Member Resistance
Three Levels of Intervention

Chapter 7—Building Positive Relationships with Parents

Parenting and Youth Aggression
Parent Involvement in Skillstreaming
Levels of Parent Involvement

Chapter 8—Skillstreaming in the School Context

Violence Prevention
Schoolwide Applications of Skillstreaming
Integration in the Curriculum
Multi-Tiered Systems of Support

Skillstreaming Program Content and Implementation

Homework reports follow each skill.

Group I—Beginning Social Skills

1. Listening
2. Starting a Conversation
3. Having a Conversation
4. Asking a Question
5. Saying Thank You
6. Introducing Yourself
7. Introducing Other People
8. Giving a Compliment

Group II—Advanced Social Skills

9. Asking for Help
10. Joining In
11. Giving Instructions
12. Following Instructions
13. Apologizing
14. Convincing Others

Group III—Skills for Dealing with Feelings

15. Knowing Your Feelings
16. Expressing Your Feelings
17. Understanding the Feelings of Others
18. Dealing with Someone Else’s Anger
19. Expressing Affection
20. Dealing with Fear
21. Rewarding Yourself

Group IV—Skill Alternatives to Aggression

22. Asking Permission
23. Sharing Something
24. Helping Others
25. Negotiating
26. Using Self-Control
27. Standing Up for Your Rights
28. Responding to Teasing
29. Avoiding Trouble with Others
30. Keeping Out of Fights

Group V—Skills for Dealing with Stress

31. Making a Complaint
32. Answering a Complaint
33. Being a Good Sport
34. Dealing with Embarrassment
35. Dealing with Being Left Out
36. Standing Up for a Friend
37. Responding to Persuasion
38. Responding to Failure
39. Dealing with Contradictory Messages
40. Dealing with an Accusation
41. Getting Ready for a Difficult Conversation
42. Dealing with Group Pressure

Group VI—Planning Skills

43. Deciding on Something to Do
44. Deciding What Caused a Problem
45. Setting a Goal
46. Deciding on Your Abilities
47. Gathering Information
48. Arranging Problems by Importance
49. Making a Decision
50. Concentrating on a Task

Appendix A—Program Forms

Appendix B—Program Integrity Checklists

Appendix C—Behavior Management Techniques

About the Author


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Skillstreaming the Adolescent

Student Manual
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Skillstreaming the Adolescent

Skill Cards (Set of 400 cards)
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Skillstreaming the Adolescent

A Guide for Teaching Prosocial Skills
Third Edition
Book and Skill Cards
Skillstreaming the Adolescent: A Guide for Teaching Prosocial Skills (Program Book and Skill Card set)
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Skillstreaming the Adolescent

Skill Posters (Set of 50 Posters)
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Skillstreaming the Adolescent

People Skills: Doing 'em Right!
17 minutes
Skillstreaming the Adolescent: People Skills: Doing 'em Right!
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The Skillstreaming Video

How to Teach Students Prosocial Skills
Educator Training DVD (includes the Elementary & Adolescent program books)
The Skillstreaming Video: How to Teach Students Prosocial Skills
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