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Social Needs Services

Social skills are the skills that are necessary to get along with other people. Often we take our social skills for granted, without realizing all the complicated skills we use when we interact with others. Some of these skills are very basic and simple, like saying hello and good-bye, or smiling and making eye contact when we see someone we know. Others are more complex, like the skills we use to negotiate in a situation of conflict with somebody. Some people learn social skills easily and quickly, whereas others find social interactions more challenging, and may need to work on developing their social skills.  Social skills are important for resiliency for a number of reasons. People with good social skills are naturally more popular than their less socially adept peers, which means they have better support to call on when experiencing difficulties in their lives. Also, well-liked people get more social reinforcement (messages from other people that they are worthwhile and okay), so they tend to have better self-esteem, which can also help them through tough times.

Life Skills
MERC offers an eight week training course, two hours one day per week to clients that addresses life skills issues.  MERC teaches by the following schedule:
Week 1 - Getting to Know Yourself
Week 2 - Defining Manhood
Week 3 - Developing a High Self-Esteem
Week 4 - How to Build Positive Relationships
Week 5 - Making the Right Decisions
Week 6 - Making & Maintaining Commitments
Week 7 - Developing Confidence
Week 8 - Failure Week 
Anger Management
MERC offers a sixteen week anger management course, two hours one day per week, that will help participants learn how to control their anger - transforming it into assertiveness, problem-solving, empathy, conflict resolution and forgiveness.  MERC uses the evidence based curriculum, "What's Good About Anger?" and teaches by the following schedule:
Week 1 - How to Rate Your Anger and Progress
Week 2 - The Power of Anger
Week 3 - When Anger is Good
Week 4 - Defusing Anger by Managing Stress
Week 5 - Handling Anger Effectively
Week 6 - Anger and Assertiveness
Week 7 - Managing Conflict
Week 8 - Turning Anger into Forgiveness
Week 9 - When to Take Time-Out
Week 10 - Changing Thinking
Week 11 - Preventing & Interrupting Aggression
Week 12 - Choosing Behavior Alternatives
Week 13 - Preventing & Interupting Aggression
Week 14 - Accepting Responsibility
Week 15 - Facing the Consequences of Anger
Week 16 - Effective Anger Management Strategies