Problem-solving therapy (PST) has been increasingly used to treat a great variety of health and mental health problems due to its flexibility and proven effectiveness. This text, written by the co-developers of PST, is a comprehensive and detailed manual of how to apply PST for a variety of populations and situations.
The book reflects the most current research and applications of PST and provides specific treatment guidelines, sample client-therapist dialogues, clinical exercises and activities, homework assignments, client handouts, clinical case examples, and worksheets. These are based on a "stepped-care" model of PST which takes into account the nature of a client's problems, the intensity of these problems, the setting and treatment structure, and treatment goals, in order to determine the best way to conduct PST. The manual is structured to offer clients three major "toolkits" which include multitasking guides to help overcome "cognitive overload" when under stress, guides to overcome barriers to effective problem solving regarding a negative problem orientation, and guides to overcome barriers to effective problem solving regarding ineffective problem-solving strategies. Digital accompaniments include patient handouts, worksheets, and toolkits.
Describes an increasingly popular psychotherapeutic intervention that works in a variety of client/populations and can be combined with other treatment modalities
Authored by the co-developers of PST
Provides the most up-to-date, detailed guidelines to PST
Presents treatment guidelines, case examples, and numerous clinical aids
Includes digital components such as patient handouts, homework worksheets, and toolkits
About the Authors:
Arthur M. Nezu, PhD, ABPP, is Distinguished University Professor of Psychology, Professor of Medicine, and Professor of Public Health, Drexel University; and Special Professor of Forensic Mental Health & Psychiatry, The University of Nottingham, UK. He is the Editor of Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology; Past President/Head, Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy, American Academy of Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology, World Congress of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies, and Behavioral Psychology Specialty Council. He is the author of over 90 journal articles, 75 book chapters, and over 20 books.
Christine Maguth Nezu, PhD, ABPP, is professor of psychology and associate professor of medicine at Drexel University. She has contributed to scores of scientific publications, has presented extensively at professional conferences around the world, and has participated on the editorial boards of leading psychology journals. Dr. Maguth Nezu is board certified in cognitive and behavioral psychology and is currently president-elect of the American Board of Professional Psychology. She serves on the board of directors of both the American Board of Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology and the American Academy of Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology. Her clinical research has been supported by federal, private, and state-funded agencies and she has served as a grant reviewer for the National Institutes of Health. She has been a practicing psychologist for over two decades.
Thomas J. D'Zurilla, PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychology at Stony Brook University. He has also been a practicing clinical psychologist, specializing in cognitive-behavioral therapy, for more than 40 years. Dr. D'Zurilla was one of the pioneers in the cognitive-behavioral movement that developed within clinical psychology in the late 1960s and early 1970s. He participated in the development of the first behaviorally-oriented clinical psychology training program. Collaborating with Marvin R. Goldfried, Dr. D'Zurilla developed the original model of problem-solving therapy, which was aimed at facilitating broader and more durable behavioral changes with cognitive and behavioral therapies. Their 1971 article entitled, "Problem solving and Behavior Modification," published in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, was recognized as a Citation Classic in Current Contents, No. 50, December 1984. Dr. D'Zurilla is an author on nearly 100 theoretical and research publications, most of them in the areas of social problem solving (i.e., "real-life" problem solving) and problem-solving therapy. He is a co-author with Arthur M. Nezu of the book, Problem-Solving Therapy: A Positive Approach to Clinical Intervention (3d. ed.), published in 2007 by Springer Publishing Company. Together with Arthur M. Nezu and Albert Maydeu-Olivares, Dr. D'Zurilla also developed the Social Problem-Solving Inventory-Revised (SPSI-R), which measures five partially independent dimensions of social problem-solving ability. Published in 2002 by Multi-Health Systems, Inc., the SPSI-R has become the most popular and useful measuring instrument in scientific studies on social problem solving and problem-solving therapy. Dr. D'Zurilla's work in these areas has been translated into several foreign languages, including Spanish, German, Japanese, Chinese, and French.