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Problem-Solving Therapy

SKU# 9780826109408

A Treatment Manual

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


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Problem-Solving Therapy: A Treatment Manual is a laudable and distinctive resource that contributes to contemporary and exemplary psychotherapy in a big way."--New England Psychologist

Through Problem-Solving Therapy: A Treatment Manual, Nezu and colleagues offer an excellent manual that has the potential to help a wide range of individuals cope with life's challenges. This book is an invaluable addition to any practicing psychologist's bookshelf."--PsycCRITIQUES

Problem-solving therapy (PST) has been increasingly used to treat a 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 to a wide variety of populations and situations. It reflects the significant conceptual and clinical revisions that supersede earlier versions of PST, and is based on the authors' clinical and research experience, the treatment outcome literature, and advances in related areas of psychology and neuroscience research.

The book offers specific treatment guidelines, sample client-therapist dialogues, clinical exercises and activities, homework assignments, client handouts, clinical case examples, and worksheets. These resources are based on a "stepped-care" model of PST that takes into account the nature of a client's problems, the intensity of these problems, the setting and treatment structure, and treatment goals. The manual offers clients four major "toolkits," which include a multitasking guide to overcoming "cognitive overload" when under stress, a guide to overcoming problems related to emotional dysregulation, a guide to overcoming barriers to effective problem-solving through use of healthy thinking and positive imagery, and a guide to fostering effective problem-solving by designing and employing a rational plan. Digital accompaniments include patient handouts, worksheets, and toolkits. Intended for use by a wide variety of mental health professionals in multiple settings, the manual can also serve as a text for both undergraduate and applied graduate courses.

Key Features:

  • Describes an increasingly popular psychotherapeutic intervention that works for multiple 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

Product Details 

  • Publication Date December 11, 2012
  • Page Count 336
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826109408

Table of Contents 



One: Introduction, Brief History, and Social Problem-Solving Constructs

Two: A Problem-Solving Approach To Understanding Psychopathology: A Diathesis-Stress Model

Three: Problem-Solving Therapy: Empirical Support and Flexibility of Applications


Four: Assessment and Treatment Planning Issues

Five: General Clinical Considerations


Six: Overview of the Problem-Solving Therapy Process; Introductory Sessions; & The Case of “Megan”

Seven: Toolkit #1. Problem-Solving Multi-Tasking: Overcoming Cognitive Overload

Eight: Toolkit #2. The S.S.T.A. Method: Overcoming Emotional Dysregulation and Maladaptive Problem Solving Under Stress

Nine: Toolkit #3. Healthy Thinking and Positive Imagery: Overcoming Negative Thinking and Low Motivation

Ten: Toolkit #4. Planful Problem Solving: Fostering Effective Problem Solving

Eleven Guided Practice, Future Forecasting, & Termination



Problem-Solving Test: Scoring Instructions

Patient Handouts

  • Problem-Solving Worksheets
  • Brief “Lesson” Plans