The goal of all therapy is to enable participants to:
- Identify personal strengths and weakness relative to social skills.
- Gain awareness of strengths—and how to use them in social situations—and skills to eliminate weaknesses.
- Receive modeling and coaching of critical social skills needed for successful social interactions, such as reading nonverbal messages, and managing one’s emotions (anger and/or anxiety).
- Practice these critical skills in a confidential group setting.
- Refine skills with feedback from Dr. Logerquist to insure optimal performance in social environments.
- Experience positive reactions to their social interactions.
- Increase self-recognition of newly acquired skills.
Therapy sessions are designed to address skill deficits as well as performance deficits. Skill deficits are impairments in the processing of social information (i.e., reading facial cues). Performance deficits are emotional responses (i.e., anxiety) that impede the individual’s ability to performance a social skill that is in his/her repertoire. In some cases, an individual may are able to demonstrate a skill perfectly, with a familiar person and situation, however, when the person or situation is unfamiliar, they become anxious and unable to perform the skill. Therapy activities are designed to reduce skill deficits by teaching and practicing social skills as well as reducing the performance deficits by teaching and practicing calming strategies to reduce any anxiety associated with social situations. The goal is to provide individuals with the necessary skills to experience positive reactions to their social interactions, and in doing so, develop a confident “excellent attitude” regarding one’s ability to address social situations. The name of the social skills group therapy program, Logerquist Excellent Attitude Program, was given the name “Excellent Attitude” to represent the desired outcome.
Logerquist Excellent Attitude Program – L.E.A.P.
Group options are provided:
L.E.A.P. Social Skills Program for Adults - the focus is on developing skills specific to the work setting, higher education, and the dating world.
L.E.A.P. Social Skills Program for Adolescents – the focus is on developing skills specific to making and keeping friends, understanding the “dance” of dating.
L.E.A.P. Social Skills Program for Children – the focus is on skills specific to making friends and getting along with others in school and at home. Parents receive materials to help promote social skills at home.