Social Skills Worksheet for Adults with Mental Illness: Exploring Pleasurable Activities

What is the theory behind this Social Skills Worksheet for Adults with Mental Illness: Exploring Pleasurable Activities?

Social Skills Training uses principles of behavioural therapy to teach key social skills that can help individuals with mental illness to regain daily functioning. A common problem that adults with mental illness face is the loss of motivation to engage in pleasurable activities. Sometimes their symptoms take over their will to engage in activities that used to bring them joy in the past. Avoidance pushes them further towards worsening of their condition. 

How will the worksheet help?

This worksheet will help adults with mental illness to make a list of activities they used to enjoy in the past. This practice will help them recall good memories and help them realise they can attain the same level of joy by engaging in those activities again. The worksheet will also encourage them to try those activities again and write down how they made them feel. 

How to use the worksheet?

This worksheet can be used by therapists as part of extensive social skills training of adults with mental illness. Instruct the individual to list down activities they used to enjoy in the past and leave a comment on how it made them feel when they got to try it again. 

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