Handbook for Communication and Problem-Solving Skills Training: A Cognitive-Behavioral Approach / Edition 1

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Overview

This book explains the principles of effective communication and demonstrates how techniques adopted from theoretical models like operant learning, classical learning, social learning, and cognitive therapy can be used to enhance the interactive and problem-solving skills of patients. These skills can help patients develop better coping mechanisms and form healthier relationships.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Reviewer: Peter B. Zeldow, PhD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This book first introduces the reader to social skills training and then offers standardized skills training programs for increasing self-awareness, awareness of others, communication skills, assertiveness, and problem-solving ability. The theoretical orientation is cognitive-behavioral, with an emphasis on empirically derived, highly structured procedures amenable to short-term treatment.
Purpose: The book is intended to serve "as a guide to clinical practice" and a "convenient reference source to skills training in the areas of self-awareness, communication, assertiveness, problem-solving, and coping with inhibitory anxiety." The blending of social skills training and cognitive therapy provides an innovative and practical program of treatment.
Audience: Although intended primarily as a manual for psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and other mental health professionals, this handbook can also serve as a textbook for advanced graduate students and other trainees interested in these techniques.
Features: The references, subject index, and author index are all adequate. There are a small number of useful tables and figures, including worksheets, instructions, and clinical vignettes. Each of the nine chapters provides a pragmatic and carefully organized introduction to its topic, followed by a clinical program of skills training based on a four-part model of instruction, supervised practice, feedback, and independent practice.
Assessment: This book is nothing if not practical. The authors adopt a straightforward, no-nonsense approach to treatment that will have widespread appeal. The brief discussions of the relationship context in which these treatments take place reveal the sophistication of the authors.
Peter B. Zeldow
This book first introduces the reader to social skills training and then offers standardized skills training programs for increasing self-awareness, awareness of others, communication skills, assertiveness, and problem-solving ability. The theoretical orientation is cognitive-behavioral, with an emphasis on empirically derived, highly structured procedures amenable to short-term treatment. The book is intended to serve ""as a guide to clinical practice"" and a ""convenient reference source to skills training in the areas of self-awareness, communication, assertiveness, problem-solving, and coping with inhibitory anxiety."" The blending of social skills training and cognitive therapy provides an innovative and practical program of treatment. Although intended primarily as a manual for psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and other mental health professionals, this handbook can also serve as a textbook for advanced graduate students and other trainees interested in these techniques. The references, subject index, and author index are all adequate. There are a small number of useful tables and figures, including worksheets, instructions, and clinical vignettes. Each of the nine chapters provides a pragmatic and carefully organized introduction to its topic, followed by a clinical program of skills training based on a four-part model of instruction, supervised practice, feedback, and independent practice. This book is nothing if not practical. The authors adopt a straightforward, no-nonsense approach to treatment that will have widespread appeal. The brief discussions of the relationship context in which these treatments take place reveal the sophistication of the authors.
Booknews
Overviews theory and practice in social skills training and cognitive therapy and blends techniques from the two approaches into a practical program of treatment for clients with mild to severe disorders stemming from anxiety, depressed mood, thought disorder, and dysfunctional interpersonal styles of behavior. For professionals including psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, recreation therapists, and activity therapists. Can be used as a text in graduate courses and seminars. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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Table of Contents

Key Concepts of Communication and Problem-Solving Skills Training.

Self-Awareness: A Foundation for Communication and Problem-Solving.

Awareness of Others: A Fundamental Communication and Problem-Solving Skill.

Communicating Requests.

Responding to a Request from Another Person.

Introduction to Assertive, Aggressive, and Passive Behaviors.

Problem-Solving: Basic Principles and Cognitive-Behavioral Strategies.

Coping with Factors that Interfere with Learning and Using New Skills.

Applications of Communication and Problem-Solving Skills Training.

References.

Indexes.

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