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Problem-Solving Therapy

SKU# 9780826114884

A Positive Approach to Clinical Intervention, Third Edition

Author: Thomas D'Zurilla PhD, Arthur M. Nezu PhD, ABPP


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Enhance Function--Avert Relapses--Present New Problems

In this new updated edition, authors Thomas J. D'Zurilla and Arthur M. Nezu, present some of the most useful advances in problem-solving therapy (PST) today. An excellent resource for maximizing positive patient outcomes, this all-inclusive guide helps enhance your problem solving skills and apply successful clinical techniques to help your clients improve their lives. Known for its presentation of solid research results and effective PST training tools, this best-selling guide has been fully updated to include:

  • NEW research data on social problem solving and adjustment
  • NEW studies on the efficacy of PST
  • NEW social problem solving models
  • NEW updated and more user-friendly therapist's training manual

Written for a wide audience, from therapists and counselors to psychologists and social workers, this highly readable and practical reference is a must-have guide to helping your patients identify and resolve current life problems.

The book set is designed to be read alongside its informal "manual" accompaniment, Solving Life's Problems: A 5-Step Guide to Enhanced Well-Being by D'Zurilla, Nezu, and Christine Maguth Nezu.

Purchase of the two books as a set will get you these life-changing texts at an $7.00 savings over the two books bought individually.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date September 18, 2006
  • Page Count 280
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826114884
  • EISBN 9780826114754

Table of Contents 

    List of Tables and Figures
    Part I. Theoretical and Empirical Foundations
  1. Introduction and Historical Development
    • Creativity Research
    • The Positive Approach to Clinical Intervention
    • Cognitive Processes and Self-Control in Behavior Therapy
    • Richard Lazarus' Relational Model of Stress
    • Summary
  2. Social Problem-Solving Processes
    • Definitions of Major Concepts
    • Levels of Process Variables
    • Relationship Between Social Problem Solving and Intelligence
    • Training in Social Problem Solving
    • Summary
  3. A Five-Dimensional Model of Social Problem Solving
    • Original Social Problem Solving Model
    • Revised Social Problem Solving Model
    • Summary
  4. Measures of Social Problem-Solving Ability
    • Process versus Outcome Measures
    • Verbal versus Observational Measures
    • Major Social Problem-Solving Measures
    • Other Problem-Solving Measures
    • Summary
  5. Role of Emotions in Social Problem Solving
    • Sources of Emotional Arousal
    • Effects of Emotions on Problem Solving
    • Summary
  6. A Relational/Problem Solving Model of Stress
    • Lazarus's Relational Model
    • The Relational/Problem Solving Model
    • Clinical Assessment
    • Empirical Support for the Relational/Problem Solving Model
    • Summary
  7. Social Problem Solving and Adjustment
    • Situational Coping and Behavioral Competence
    • Positive Psychological Functioning
    • General Psychological Distress
    • Depression
    • Anxiety
    • Suicide
    • Schizophrenia
    • Addictive Disorders and Substance Abuse
    • Offending Behavior
    • Medical Populations and Health Behaviors
    • Summary and Conclusions
    Part II. Clinical Applications
  8. Problem-Solving Training Manual
    • Patient Manual
    • Important Clinical Considerations
    • Modules
  9. Case Illustrations
    • Case #1: Generalized Anxiety
    • Case #2: Depression
    • Case #3: Coping with Cancer
    • Summary and Discussion
  10. Outcome Studies
    • Psychiatric and Schizophrenic Patients
    • Depression
    • Suicide and Suicidal Ideation
    • Social Phobia
    • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
    • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
    • Distressed Couples
    • Parent-Child Problems
    • Parent and Family Caregivers
    • Primary Care Patients
    • Persons with Mental Retardation
    • Stress Management
    • Ineffective Coping/Coping Enhancement
    • Substance Abuse
    • Offenders
    • HIV/AIDS Prevention
    • Obesity and Weight-Control Problems
    • Medical Patients
    • Summary and Conclusions
  11. Conclusions and Future Directions
    • Social Problem Solving and Adjustment
    • Problem-Solving Training/Therapy
    • Concluding Comment