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Manonita Rathore
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Explain behavioural skills training.

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Manonita Rathore
Gig economy and behaviour &soft skills Expert

​Behavioral Skills Training (BST) is a training package that utilizes instructions, modeling, rehearsal, and feedback in order to teach a new skill. Typically training is implemented not for some fixed time, but rather to some predetermined criterion. For example, a trainee may be said to have acquired a skill when they have emitted correct responses on 90% of three consecutive training sessions. Although these four components are common there are many procedural variations in how researchers and practitioners apply them. For example, modeling might be done live, in role play, or through video-modeling. Feedback might be given immediately or delayed, graphically or verbally, or in combinations.

Regular Behavioral skills training teaches what  behaviors to engage in different circumstances through presentations and lectures, however they fall short without the proper experience, practice and correlation in real-time. 

​Integrating behavioral psychology, social emotional learning with experiential learning cycle to deliver training through a well-researched performance and competency-based means of training on required behavioral skills to individuals, groups, managers and leaders.

​During the training, participants get various opportunities to practice various interpersonal and behavioral skills within the program so that they can comprehend and become confident with the desired behavioral skills.

Sujai Adithya
Business Development and Banking & Financial Services Expert

Behavioral Skills Training (BST) is a treatment package consisting of multiple treatment components that has been proven to be effective for training a wide variety of skills, simple and complex, in people in a wide variety of populations, including children and adults with and without disabilities. 

Several variations of BST exist, but the general model includes verbal instruction, modeling, rehearsal or role-play, and feedback. In other words, the therapist first explains the skill to the learner. Then the therapist models how to do it. Then the therapist invites the learner to rehearse the skill with the therapist. The therapist and learner can switch roles, especially if doing so makes the process more fun for the learner. During role-play, the therapist gives the learner live feedback on her performance. 

Role-play continues until the learner consistently demonstrates excellent performance. After role-playing is complete, the therapist should arrange for a real-life test of the skill. If the learner performs well, the skill is then placed on a maintenance schedule. If the learner does not perform well, the therapist should give in situ feedback and implement further rehearsal.