Sociotherapy. What is it about?

During sociotherapy, specialists help patients with emotional and behavioral problems. It is an internationally recognized method of occupational therapy, which in many cases turns out to be very helpful. When is it used?

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Sociotherapy is a form of therapeutic interaction that involves the use of social interactions, the social environment and the positive impact of a group of people.

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1. When does social therapy make sense?

During sociotherapy, which takes the form of occupational therapy, three goals are sought: therapeutic, educational and developmental. The patient is to learn the rules of the functioning of society, recognize their emotions and react to them appropriately, and learn about the mechanisms of addiction.

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The therapy is supposed to help raise one's own self-esteem and teach them to fulfill specific social roles. A person participating in sociotherapy has the opportunity to learn himself anew: he can practice assertiveness and communication with others. He also reacts to his frustration, which helps to cope with emotions (recognize them and express them appropriately). Achieving these goals is possible because social therapy takes place in a friendly atmosphere based on respect and acceptance.

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2. Who is sociotherapy recommended?

Sociotherapy will help in the case of such problems as:

  • behavioral disorders,
  • anxiety disorders,
  • developmental disorders,
  • phobias,
  • obsessive-compulsive disorder,
  • addiction.

Hyperactive, withdrawn and aggressive children are also directed to social therapy. Most often, classes of this type are conducted in care and education, rehabilitation and drug addiction treatment facilities. It is also a common form of therapy in psychiatric hospitals, municipal social welfare centers and prisons.

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3. Methods used in sociotherapy

During social therapy sessions, group work techniques such as:

  • interpersonal training - its aim is to improve interpersonal relations,
  • ludotherapy - learning through play (a method often used in working with children),
  • social skills training - patients learn, inter alia, resolve interpersonal conflicts, actively listen to the interlocutor, but also set your own limits,
  • self-service training - it is very helpful for people with disabilities, e.g. the blind. It helps build independence and self-sufficiency.

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4. Advantages of sociotherapy

Sociotherapy allows you to teach social behavior, which is very difficult during individual sessions. Behavioral changes also occur faster in a group than during one-on-one meetings with the therapist. Working with other people also allows you to see similarities and a sense of belonging.

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