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From The CriticsReviewer: 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.