Self-Directed Skill Lessons:
Skills for Participating in Groups/Classes/Activities

Sue McNamara


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Audience: These skill lessons are useful for those who want to work independently or with support to learn skills for getting along with others where they live, learn, work, or socialize. The Self-Directed Skill Lessons are designed to be user-friendly and are a valuable resource to be used by individuals in a self-directed way and by practitioners as part of a skill teaching curriculum.


These skill lessons are designed to assist a person to develop his or her own skills in order to be satisfied and successful in a chosen role in residential, educational, vocational, and social settings. Individuals may want to use these Self-Directed Skill Lessons independently, with assistance, or with a small group of peers.

Each skill lesson is organized with:

  • An Outline of the Skill Information
  • An Example of the Skill
  • Practice Exercises for completing the skill
  • A Skill Use Worksheet to be used after the skill lesson

This format of an Outline—Example—Practice is designed to assist an individual to walk through the parts of how to perform the skill one step at a time. Some people learn best by reading or hearing about how to perform a skill; while others learn best by seeing examples of how a skill is performed. We all learning by performing a skill repeatedly, and practice with feedback can make our skill use perfect!

This bundle of skills, in the series of Getting Along with Others, is called Skills for Working with Supervisors/Teachers. There are 5 skill lessons included in this skill bundle:

  • Asking Questions
  • Responding to Questions
  • Clarifying Information
  • Expressing Feelings
  • Expressing Opinions

Skill lessons are written in PDF files and may be printed for personal use.

Citation: McNamara, S. (2015). Self-directed skill lessons: Skills for working with supervisors/teachers. Boston, MA: Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation.

Product Details

PDF: 73 Pages

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Asking Questions
  • Responding to Questions
  • Clarifying Information
  • Expressing Feelings
  • Expressing Opinions


suemac Sue McNamara, MS, CRC, CPRP, began her career in 1978 providing services for people with psychiatric disabilities in community programs, and in 1985 she began teaching the skills of psychiatric rehabilitation to providers in the mental health field. For 15 years, Ms. McNamara worked as an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor in the Rehabilitation Counseling Program at Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Boston University. She has co-authored several articles and curricula on psychiatric rehabilitation. Currently, Ms. McNamara is the Director of the Professional Development Program, which offers various options for continuing education through the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation. She also works as the Product Specialist in the Publications Division at the Center and is involved in developing and marketing products, monitoring inventory and sales, and providing customer service.


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