Problem Solving Therapy in the Clinical Practice

Problem Solving Therapy in the Clinical Practice

1st Edition - November 9, 2012

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  • Author: Mehmet Eskin
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123984555
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123984685

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Evidence based or empirically supported psychotherapies are becoming more and more important in the mental health fields as the users and financers of psychotherapies want to choose those methods whose effectiveness are empirically shown. Cognitive-behavioral psychotherapies are shown to have empirical support in the treatment of a wide range of psychological/psychiatric problems. As a cognitive-behavioral mode of action, Problem Solving Therapy has been shown to be an effective psychotherapy approach in the treatment and/or rehabilitation of persons with depression, anxiety, suicide, schizophrenia, personality disorders, marital problems, cancer, diabetes-mellitus etc. Mental health problems cause personal suffering and constitue a burden to the national health systems. Scientific evidence show that effective problem solving skills are an important source of resiliency and individuals with psychological problems exhibit a deficiency in effective problem solving skills. Problem solving therapy approach to the treatment and/or rehabilitation of emotional problems assumes that teaching effective problem solving skills in a therapeutic relationship increases resiliency and alleviates psychological problems.The book, in the first chapters, gives information on problem solving and the role of problem-solving in the etiology and the treatment of different forms of mental health problems. In the later chapters, it concentrates on psychotherapy, assessment and procedures of problem solving therapy. At the end it provides a case study.

Key Features

  • Provides a comprehensive appreciation of problem solving therapy
  • Contains empirical evidence and applied focus for problem solving therapy which provides a scientific base and best practices
  • Highlights the problem solving difficulties of persons with specific disorders


Professionals, academicians, graduate students/residents from a number of professions. Psychologists, psychiatrists, family physicians, mental health/psychiatric nurses, social workers and counselors

Table of Contents

  • Dedication


    1. Definition and Concepts


    What Is PST?

    What Is a Problem?

    What Is a Solution?

    What Is Problem Solving?

    The Difference Between Finding a Solution and Applying It


    2. Resilience, Coping, and Problem Solving




    Problem Solving


    3. Components of Problem Solving


    Cognitive Components of Problem Solving

    Metacognitive Components of Problem Solving

    Motivational Components of Problem Solving


    4. Theoretical Approaches to Problem Solving


    Theoretical Approaches to Problem Solving

    Social Problem-Solving Process Model

    Problem-Solving Treatment Model Used in Primary Care

    Information-Processing Model of Problem Solving


    5. Problem-Solving and Psychological Problems


    Problem Solving and Depression

    Problem Solving and Suicide

    Problem Solving and Anxiety Disorders

    Problem Solving and Schizophrenia

    Problem Solving and Personality Disorders

    Problem Solving and Aggression

    Problem Solving and Psychological Problems Secondary to Medical Conditions


    6. Efficacy of Problem-Solving Therapy in Treating Mental Health Problems


    Efficacy of PST for Depression

    Efficacy of PST for Suicide

    Efficacy of PST for Anxiety Disorders

    Efficacy of PST for Schizophrenia

    Efficacy of PST for Personality Disorders

    Efficacy of PST for Aggression

    Efficacy of PST for Psychological Problems Secondary to Medical Conditions


    7. The Practice of Problem-Solving Therapy and the Applied Patient Groups


    The Way PST Is Practiced

    Patient Groups Receiving PST


    8. Psychotherapy: Principles, Skills, Characteristics, Difficulties, and Change Processes


    Basic Principles and Skills in Psychotherapy

    Characteristics of an Effective Psychotherapist

    Difficulties Faced by Beginning Therapists

    Processes of Change in Psychotherapy


    9. Assessment in Problem-Solving Therapy


    Assessment with Clinical Interview

    Assessment with Self-Report Instruments


    10. Processes and Sessions of Problem-Solving Therapy


    Structuring the PST Session

    Sessions of PST

    Conclusion and Suggestions

    11. An Example of a PST Application

    Case History and Formulation

    Session I: Assessment and Providing Rationale

    Session II: Problem-Orientation Training

    Session III: Defining Problems

    Session IV: Goal Setting

    Session V: Generating Solution Alternatives

    Session VI: Choosing the Appropriate Solution Alternative

    Session VII: Solution Implementation

    Session VIII: Solution Implementation

    Session IX: Assessing the Implementation


Product details

  • No. of pages: 278
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2012
  • Published: November 9, 2012
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123984555
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123984685

About the Author

Mehmet Eskin

Affiliations and Expertise

Adnan Menderes University,Department of Psychiatry, Turkey

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