Problem-solving treatment is a well researched, practical psychological intervention. The treatment is very much a here and now treatment, focusing on current difficulties and setting future goals. It does not dwell on past relationships and past mistakes. Patients are helped to gain a sense of mastery over their difficulties.There is good evidence to support the use of problem-solving in treatment of patients with depression, emotional disorders, and after episodes of deliberate self-harm. Problem-solving has been developed as a brief, feasible, psychological treatment that can be delivered by non-specialists. Much of the evidence supporting the use of problem-solving treatment has been undertaken in primary care. This definitive guide provides a 'hands-on' manual to assist potential therapists in understanding thebackground and rationale for problem-solving.The first chapter of the book provides a brief description of the theory which lead to the development of problem-solving treatment. The research trials underpinning the effectiveness of treatment are discussed in chapter two. Chapters three to seven provide a detailed manual for potential therapists. The structure of problem-solving is set out supported by many relevant clinical examples. Detailed advice is given as to how to structure a course of problem-solving. Case examples of howproblem-solving develops over a course of treatment are set out. Advice for would-be practitioners as to how best to deliver problem-solving and also guidance as to potential pitfalls are given.
Chapter eight sets out the content of a two day course suitable for teaching problem-solving.
Laurence Mynors-Wallace ... has written a very accessible and immensely practical book which guides the reader through what problem-solving therapy is, the evidence for its effectiveness, the specific difficulties that might be faced in trying to do it and finally how to teach it.
British Journal of Psychiatry
Dr Mynors-Wallis has done a commendable job writing a pragmatic manual that makes PST a very real option for primary-care practitioners treating patients with common mental disorders. Although its focus is mainly primary care, there is much here that anyone involved in the treatment of people with mental health problems will find useful. In fact, it is probably true to say that the skills taught in this book can be of use to all of us. I have found myself over the
past 2 months frequently delving into my bag to pull out my now tattered copy to recommend it to colleagues.
This is the idiots' guide to problem-solving. A short and sweet book in an easy-to-understand format, clearly structured with good little summary boxes dotted throughout.
British Journal of General Practice
The book give a detailed description of the stages involved in problem-solving and takes the reader through several practical examples.
It is therefore very useful for a practitioner who wishes to learn these skills.