Affect identification is used to assist the teen in linking interpersonal experiences to changes in their mood. By understanding their communication style, the therapist is also able to help them experience more interpersonal interactions that will improve their mood.
Communication analysis is used to assist the teen in understanding: 1) the impact of their words on others, 2) the feelings they convey with verbal and nonverbal communications, 3) the feelings that generated the exchange, 4) their ability to modify such exchanges, and, therefore, the affect associated with the relationship, and consequently, their general mood.
Decision analysis is used when teens are experiencing conflict. They are taught basic problem-solving skills, such as negotiation and compromise.
Role-playing is used to: 1) give adolescents a safe place to practice newly acquired interpersonal skills, 2) to provide an opportunity to receive feedback before testing out a new skill in real life, and 3) to increase the teen's social confidence.