Social Skills Instruction as Adjunctive/Alternative to Psychotherapy

  • E. Lakin Phillips
Part of the NATO Conference Series book series (NATOCS, volume 11)


It has often been stated that there are many “schools” of psychotherapy, as well as many variations of the several major viewpoints regarding psychotherapy. It is my contention that there are only two major subdivisions of psychotherapy — those that locate the variables in the “psyche” and those that locate the variables in the environment (or in the person-environment interaction). If I am correct, the implications of this subdivision for psychotherapy and for social skills type of intervention, in place of or in conjunction with psychotherapy, are numerous and compelling — when the variables promoting change are located in the environment. The purposes of this paper will be to review some empirical support for use of social skills training in a variety of behaviour change situations, and for the contention that social skills intervention works well with, and sometimes in place of, psychotherapy. I will propose some conceptual notions as to why social skills intervention in coping with anxiety is a promising development.


Social Skill Social Competence Social Skill Training Depressed Person Social Skill Deficit 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Lakin Phillips
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  1. 1.George Washington UniversityUSA

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