Problem-Solving Psychotherapy –
· Integrates a number of existing psychotherapeutic and psychological models into a unique problem-solving format.
· Provides the therapist with pattern recognition and analytical skills through its clear, practical formulation method.
· Guides the therapist in the moment-to-moment technical aspects of the psychotherapy session through the use of its problem-solving components.
· Teaches the patient problem-solving skills including insight, emotional resolution, decision-making and conflict resolution.
· Incorporates symptomatic treatment, including psychopharmacological, into the psychotherapeutic context.
Manual includes -
Numerous illustrative case examples for each problem-solving component.
Extended case example of a course of treatment.
Annotated transcript of a psychotherapy session.
Social history questionnaire.
Worksheets for assessment, preparing and contracting for therapy, treatment planning and session process notes.
"Dr. Leith's accessible and clinically sensitive description of the essential challenges, competencies and rewards associated with the practice of psychotherapy makes for compelling reading. At once a treatment manual and a treatise on the power of integrative thinking in a field that has grown accustomed to schism, this book will undoubtedly influence and advance the training of the next generation of psychotherapists." -- Dr. Zindel V. Segal, Morgan Firestone Chair in Psychotherapy, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto and co-author of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy of Depression, Guilford Press.
“Problem-Solving Psychotherapy draws on many well studied concepts and techniques and integrates them into a unique but easy to understand method useful for all mental health disciplines.” -- Dr. Paul Cameron, Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Ottawa and co-editor of Standards and Guidelines for the Psychotherapies, University of Toronto Press.
"Dr. Mark Leith's Problem-Solving Psychotherapy is a clear concise manual integrating principles of cognitive-behavior therapy, psychodynamic therapy, family systems theory, and biopsychosocial approaches to DSM diagnosis and treatment. Replete with helpful clinical examples, Dr. Leith provides us with a welcome guide from patient assessment to treatment and outcome." --Dr. Ron Ruskin, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto and co-editor of Clinical Perspectives in Psychotherapy Supervision, American Psychiatric Press.
“Dr. Leith has combined the Biopsychosocial model with the McMaster Model of Family Functioning and Schema Theory to produce a practical approach to psychotherapy focused on problem resolution. His workbook includes a comprehensive list of references, very useful for further reading. I would recommend it highly to family physicians as an excellent introduction to the field of psychotherapy.” -- Dr. Derek Davidson, former Chief of Medicine, Humber River Regional Hospital, Toronto and Certificant in General Practice Psychotherapy
About the Author:
Dr. Mark Leith is a practicing psychiatrist and a psychotherapy supervisor in the Psychotherapy Programme of the Department of the Psychiatry of the University of Toronto at Sunnybrook Health Science Center. He has appeared on radio and television and published in a number of periodicals including the Canadian Psychiatric Association Journal, the Canadian Medical Association Journal, the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star and Peace Magazine.
Dr. Leith attended medical school at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada and completed a residency in psychiatry at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and a psychiatric fellowship in Behavioral Medicine at Dartmouth Medical School in Hanover, New Hampshire, U.S.A. He has been the Medical Director of the Biobehavioral Unit in the Department of Psychiatry and the Director of the Behavioral Medicine Clinic in the Department of Family Practice at Sunnybrook Health Science Center, Toronto, where he taught psychotherapeutic skills to residents in Psychiatry and Family Practice.
Dr. Leith is a national board member of Science for Peace and a past national board member of Canadian Physicians for Global Survival. He is married and has two children and lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.