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Social Cognition and Interaction Training (SCIT)


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Chapter 1 Introductory Information for Clinicians ; Chapter 2 Overview of SCIT and Implementation Notes ; Phase I ; Chapter 3 Sessions 1 & 2: Introduction ; Chapter 4 Session 3: Emotions and Social Situations (Optional) ; Chapter 5 Session 4: Defining Emotions ; Chapter 6 Session 5: Guessing People's Emotions ; Chapter 7 Session 6: Updating Emotion Guesses ; Chapter 8 Session 7: Suspicious Feelings ; Phase II ; Chapter 9 Session 8: Jumping to Conclusions ; Chapter 10 Sessions 9 & 10: Strategy 1 - Think Up Other Guesses ; Chapter 11 Sessions 11, 12, & 13: Strategy 2 -Separate Facts from Guesses ; Chapter 12 Sessions 14 & 15: Strategy 3 - Gather More Evidence ; Phase III ; Chapter 13 Sessions 16 - 20: Checking-It-Out ; Appendix A Descriptions of Video and Photograph Stimuli ; Appendix B Homework Activities and Handouts ; Appendix C Practice Partner Handouts ; Appendix D SCIT Fidelity Scale ; References ; About the Authors

About the Author

David L. Roberts, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. He specializes in the treatment of social dysfunction among people with schizophrenia and other psychiatric disorders. David L. Penn, PhD, is the Linda Wagner-Martin Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. His research is focused on social cognition and psychosocial treatment for schizophrenia. Dennis R. Combs, PhD, is an Associate Professor of psychology at the University of Texas at Tyler. He is also a licensed clinical psychologist in Texas. His research has primarily focused on understanding, characterizing, and remediating the various social cognitive deficits found in schizophrenia and paranoia.


"This book is a gem. The SCIT program has been rigorously studied in extensive research. The manual is clearly written and easy to follow. This book is a must-read for all clinicians who are working to improve the lives of people with serious mental illness. It is destined to become a classic." --Kim T. Mueser, PhD, Executive Director, Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, and Professor, Departments of Occupational Therapy, Psychology, and Psychiatry, Boston University
"Problems in social cognition are one of the main causes of functional disability for people with schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders. Roberts, Penn, and Combs have been pioneers in developing an innovative psychosocial treatment program that helps affected individuals improve the social cognitive skills that are required to thrive in daily life. In their clearly written and accessible book, they describe the rationale and therapeutic principles of Social Cognition and Interaction Training, and provide step-by-step guidance for clinicians to effectively implement it. This book will provide an essential resource for clinicians to help their clients to achieve richer, more satisfying functional recoveries." --William P. Horan, PhD, Research Psychologist, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA
"This well-written, timely, and important book provides a comprehensive guide to implementing an evidence-based practice for improving social cognition in schizophrenia, Social Cognition Interaction Training (SCIT). This intervention has been systematically developed and studied at multiple sites internationally. Now, for the first time, all resources necessary to conduct this effective and recovery-oriented intervention are made available, in a user-friendly format, written by the group that developed the intervention." --Steven M. Silverstein, PhD, Director, Division of Schizophrenia Research, Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care, and Professor of Psychiatry, Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

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