Stakeholder Perspectives on Implementing Cognitive Behavioral Social Skills Training on Assertive Community Treatment Teams

Adm Policy Ment Health. 2019 Mar;46(2):188-199. doi: 10.1007/s10488-018-0904-8.


This study examined stakeholder perceptions of the "fit" between cognitive-behavioral social skills training (CBSST) and assertive community treatment (ACT) when implementing CBSST into existing community-based ACT teams. Focus group feedback was collected from a diverse set of stakeholders (i.e., clients, providers, supervisors, agency administrators, public sector representatives, and intervention developers). Results identified perceived client and provider benefits for integrating CBSST into ACT while highlighting the importance of purposeful adaptations, training, and implementation tools to facilitate structural and values fit between CBSST and ACT. Study findings will inform future endeavors to implement CBSST and other relevant EBPs into ACT. Trial Registry: #NCT02254733.

Keywords: Assertive community treatment; Cognitive behavioral social skills training; Implementation; Intervention fit; Schizophrenia.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy / organization & administration*
  • Community Mental Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Comprehensive Health Care / organization & administration
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mental Disorders / therapy
  • Patient Care Team / organization & administration*
  • Schizophrenia / therapy*
  • Social Skills*

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