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Social Effectiveness Therapy for Children and Adolescents

Deborah C. Beidel, Ph.D.
Samuel M. Turner, Ph.D.
Tracey L. Morris, Ph.D.


The Social Effectiveness Therapy for Children and Adolescents (SET–C) behavioral therapy program helps children and adolescents decrease their social anxiety, increase their interpersonal skills, and expand their range of enjoyable social activities. The program helps children become more comfortable in social situations by educating them about their fears, providing social skills training, and exposing them to feared social situations.

How to Use the Assessment
Children and adolescents complete one introductory educational session with their parents, 12 group sessions, and 12 in-vivo exposure sessions over a 12-week period to help them improve their social skills. The SET–C group sessions provide instruction and practice, including activities where socially anxious participants interact with nonanxious peers. The individual in-vivo exposure component is designed to reduce anxiety in distressing social situations by making them more familiar. Concurrently, parents use positive reinforcement and shaping sequencing to effectively assist the progress of the SET–C program. These therapy components are detailed in the Therapist’s Guide, along with helpful suggestions for implementation, including recruiting peers for group sessions.

The assessment materials include a Therapist’s Guide, a Parent’s Guide describing reinforcement theories, activity cards for group sessions, and weekly contracts for setting behavioral goals.
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Scales & Forms

  • Social Phobia
  • Anxiety
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Deborah C. Beidel, Ph.D., Samuel M. Turner, Ph.D., & Tracey L. Morris, Ph.D.

Age Range 8 to 16 years

Administration Time 25 sessions over 3 months  

Administration Type Group and Individual Sessions

Qualification Level B

  • Handscored