Problem-Solving Therapy: A Positive Approach to Clinical Intervention, Third Edition / Edition 3

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Christopher J Graver, PhD, ABPP-CN(Madigan Healthcare System)
Description: There is a great need for practical and functional approaches to therapy not only to treat psychopathology, but also to enhance positive functioning. This third edition updates social problem-solving theories and contains a more user friendly therapist manual.
Purpose: The purpose is to review the social problem-solving model and to provide a hands-on approach to facilitating constructive problem-solving skills and attitudes in therapy.
Audience: The target audience includes clinicians involved in therapy, mainly clinical and counseling psychologists. Social workers, marriage and family therapists, and others interested in community prevention and positive psychology also will find it of interest. The authors, experts in the field of behavioral psychology, have numerous years of academic service and peer-reviewed research.
Features: The first part of the book covers the historical development and several models of problem-solving therapy. These chapters provide a good foundation for a later understanding of the specific recommendations and instructions. Also included are empirical approaches to a problem-solving assessment. The second part is focused on the clinical application of problem-solving therapy. The manual is easy to follow and structures a typical course of therapy. It also details common pitfalls to avoid and presents case examples to demonstrate these points.
Assessment: This third edition serves to delineate in writing the clinical skills that many behavioral practitioners learn through observation and experience. It does not really impart a new therapy, but rather provides structure and guidance for the problem-solving skills that CBT and other therapists commonly use. As such, it would make a good adjunct to a behavioral therapy course for graduate students.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826114884
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/2006
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures


Part I. Theoretical and Empirical Foundations
• 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

• 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

• A Five-Dimensional Model of Social Problem Solving

• Original Social Problem Solving Model
• Revised Social Problem Solving Model
• Summary

• Measures of Social Problem-Solving Ability

• Process versus Outcome Measures
• Verbal versus Observational Measures
• Major Social Problem-Solving Measures
• Other Problem-Solving Measures
• Summary

• Role of Emotions in Social Problem Solving

• Sources of Emotional Arousal
• Effects of Emotions on Problem Solving
• Summary

• 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

• 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
• Problem-Solving Training Manual

• Patient Manual
• Important Clinical Considerations
• Modules

• Case Illustrations

• Case #1: Generalized Anxiety
• Case #2: Depression
• Case #3: Coping with Cancer
• Summary and Discussion

• 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

• Conclusions and Future Directions

• Social Problem Solving and Adjustment
• Problem-Solving Training/Therapy
• Concluding Comment


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