Skillstreaming the Adolescent

A Guide for Teaching Prosocial Skills
Program Book
Third Edition
Pages: 354
ISBN: 9780878226535
Item Number: 6576

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Skillstreaming is a prosocial learning program designed to help children and youth learn positive ways to have their needs met. 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.

Adaptable for a variety of situations, Skillstreaming is ideal for small group instruction for children who have common social needs. Often used by counselors and others, the Skillstreaming program is structured to be a targeted, social-emotional learning intervention. Specific Skillstreaming skills can also be taught in whole class sessions by counselors.

The Skillstreaming program at every age level is designed to be easily implemented when conducted by a group leader who has experience in working with small groups. Training is also available for school districts and other organizations when Skillstreaming will be implemented through multiple practitioners.

Skill Cards, Student Workbooks and Skill Posters reinforce the key objectives in the Skillstreaming program.

NOTE: It is essential for successful implementation of this curriculum to first have the program book (Skillstreaming the Adolescent: A Guide for Teaching Prosocial Skills) before attempting to utilize other Skillstreaming products.

For a wide range of adolescent learning programs and settings, Skillstreaming is a trusted and proven learning asset. Coming soon: Skillstreaming the Adolescent Lesson Plans and Activities created to help sustain skill instruction, enhance students’ skill mastery, and most important – to refine skill use for dealing with more complex, real-life situations in and outside of the classroom. Also helps to prevent school and behavioral failure while also laying the foundation for education and life success.

The scope of the Skillstreaming program was initially used as a strategy to remediate behavioral skill deficits in select groups of children. It has become a widely accepted social-emotional strategy applied in preschools, public schools, juvenile settings and beyond.

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.

The widely acclaimed approach developed by Dr. Arnold P. Goldstein and colleagues includes reproducible skill outlines, skill homework reports, and program forms. Reproducible forms and handouts for this title are available on our downloads page.

Shown below is episode two of Prosocially Yours, a podcast produced by Research Press. In this episode, host Elizabeth Hess interviews educator and author, Dr. Ellen McGinnis, about the social-emotional Skillstreaming program.

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

“There are a multitude of social skills programs on the market. . . . This program cuts out the gimmicks, and hammers home what is really needed: Identify the skill that is missing in the student, model it for the student, role-play it with the student, and provide opportunities for them to generalize it to real life situations.”

Nan Gordon, Communiqué

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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Reproducible forms and handouts for this title are available on our downloads page.

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