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Table 1 Training-program sessions to increase social skills and reduce addictive behaviors

From: The efficacy of a training program for social skills in reducing addictive Internet behaviors among Palestinian university students

Sessions Strategies
1st session
Relationship building
Group introductions
Inform members about the process
Share expectations with the group
Determine personal aims related to the process
Determine rules for the group
Assessment and summary of session
2nd session
Internet use and social skills
Become aware of the Internet addictive behaviors
Observe negative aspects of long-term Internet use
Observe the correlation between excessive Internet use and lack of social skills
Use the Internet consciously
Assessment and summary of session
3rd session
Self-discipline
Learn strategies for self-control to deal with addictive behaviors
Apply these strategies
Determine functional aims
Assessment and summary of session
4th session
Effective problem-solving strategies
Learn problem-solving strategies to deal with psychological, social, and emotional problems to prevent addictive behaviors
Apply these strategies
Determine functional aims
Assessment and summary of session
5th session
Assertive training
Learn assertive techniques to deal with criticism, conflicts, and expressive self to prevent addictive behaviors
Apply these strategies
Determine functional aims
Assessment and summary of session
6th session
Communication skills
Concept of the importance of face to face communication in in social aspects
Gain skills in effective listening and dialog
Develop skills to communicate effectively with friends and teachers
Avoid social isolation and addictive behaviors
Assessment and summary of session
7th session
Effective use of time
Learn strategies for efficient use of time to prevent addictive behaviors
Apply these strategies
Determine functional aims
Assessment and summary of session
8th session
Assessment
Summary of sessions; reviewing experiences during the process
Members share assessment of personal development and group development during the process
Ensure positive emotions are felt at the end of the process
Final activity and appropriate finish to the group