Practical Guide for Teaching Practical Skills

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1978, Vol 23(10), 771–772. Reviews the book, Skill Training for Community Living: Applying Structured Learning Therapy by Arnold P. Goldstein, Robert P. Sprafkin, and N. Jane Gersbaw (see record 1978-21387-000). The authors have developed an extremely detailed and hierarchically arranged course of study to teach the enormously complex behavioral and cognitive skills required for successful independent living. Modeling, role playing, social reinforcement, and transfer training are integrated with influences from other behavioral and nonbehavioral sources: self-instruction training, clientcentered therapy, and group psychotherapy. This program should prove usable by many persons working with the same populations and could serve as a model for persons wanting to develop similar programs for other populations. The efficacy of structured learning therapy is discussed but presented without the kind of detail that would permit the reader to make adequate judgments of strong and weak aspects of the program. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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