Simulated Social Skill Training for Interpersonal Professions

  • Roger Ellis
Part of the NATO Conference Series book series (NATOCS, volume 11)

Abstract

The title of this paper, and indeed of many others at the Conference, might suggest to the uninitiated that Social Skill Training is a clearly defined area of work, unambiguously understood by its participants, both conceptually and operationally. This is, of course, far from being the case. My own title is further complicated by reference to interpersonal professions. The notion that some jobs might constitute an elite called ‘the professions’ is a long-standing area of debate, arguably since Plato, but certainly since Flexner’s (1914) pioneering and unsuccessful attempt to demonstrate that social work could be so described. The qualification ‘interpersonal’ probably does little to clarify this problematic category. I will begin, therefore, by defining my terms.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Roger Ellis
    • 1
  1. 1.The Northern Ireland PolytechnicUlster CollegeNewtownabbey, Co.Antrim.UK

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