"Problem solving is one of the most basic and important ways of handling difficult situations. Teaching children simple and structured ways to find solutions to everyday problems will give them one of the best starts to an emotionally healthy life. The clear language and practical strategies in this book will be helpful for anyone working with children who are 'stuck,' whether they are depressed, anxious, or just going through a tough time."--Ronald M. Rapee, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Psychology and founding director, Center for Emotional Health, Macquarie University, Australia
"Problem solving is a powerful, tried-and-true strategy shown to help individuals of all ages resolve challenging social, emotional, and behavior dilemmas. Manassis teaches clinicians how and when to use this strategy in a clear, detailed, step-by-step approach. The book is rich with case examples and clinical wisdom. It equips clinicians with the foundation they need to teach children and parents how to successfully use problem solving and incorporate it into their daily lives."--Golda S. Ginsburg, PhD, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
"Manassis succeeds in providing a robust, accessibly written guide with a wealth of clinical scenarios. Punctuated with specific examples of therapeutic questions and statements, this book is a wonderful addition to the libraries of clinicians, supervisors, and graduate students."--Robert D. Friedberg, PhD, ABPP, Professor and Director, Center for the Study and Treatment of Anxious Youth, Palo Alto University
"Manassis gives step-by-step instructions for problem solving and discusses common challenges in implementation, with specific guidance for treating anxious, oppositional, and inattentive children. The book's many clinical examples incorporate the use of child-friendly language. Tables in each chapter help practitioners easily review and remember the main points for each problem-solving step; guidelines for using problem solving in group settings and with parents and families broaden the book’s utility. This is a highly useful guide for therapists and counselors working with children and adolescents."--Jill Waterman, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles
"Practical, readable, compassionate, and filled with rich and realistic examples from the author’s extensive clinical experience, this book provides detailed guidance for effective problem solving with young people and families with a variety of challenges. A particular strength is the author’s wise attention to common pitfalls in applying these strategies. This would be an excellent textbook in training programs for professionals working with children and families."--E. Jane Garland, MD, FRCPC, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia, Canada
"A 'must-have' resource for all mental health professionals and trainees working with children and adolescents. Manassis reviews the empirical evidence for using a problem-solving approach and thoroughly describes applications across a range of clinical issues. Most striking is the candid exploration of typical problem-solving challenges, including much-needed recommendations for systematic, creative solutions. Clinicians will appreciate Manassis's spot-on evaluation of the complexities inherent to the therapeutic process. This book demonstrates the value of helping children and families learn and practice problem-solving skills that, ultimately, can empower for a lifetime."--Barbara A. Gueldner, PhD, pediatric psychologist, Steamboat Springs, Colorado
From the Inside Flap
This unique volume presents clear steps for helping children and adolescents manage a range of social, emotional, or behavioral challenges by using a problem-solving approach. Highly practical and accessible, the book provides a versatile framework for collaborative brief intervention. It describes when and with whom to use problem solving and how to tailor it to different children's needs. Extensive clinical examples illustrate what the approach looks like in action with preschoolers through increasingly independent teens. With its focus on specific dilemmas, problem solving does not attempt to change broader patterns of thinking, feeling, or behaving. Yet it teaches valuable skills that can be generalized to help children deal with other problems--and can increase their confidence, independence, and resilience. The book shows how therapists of any orientation can use problem solving as a stand-alone intervention or in combination with other therapeutic techniques. Chapters demonstrate the nuts and bolts of five key steps: *Defining the problem.*Generating alternative solutions.*Evaluating alternatives and making a choice.*Trying a new solution.*Following up and evaluating outcomes. The sample therapist-client interactions are engaging and realistic, and feature children with a variety of diagnoses. Ways to involve parents in treatment are addressed, as are strategies for implementing the approach with groups. Tips for overcoming frequently encountered obstacles are highlighted throughout and are discussed in depth in the concluding chapter. Written in a concise, straight-talking style, this book is an indispensable go-to guide for all mental health professionals working with children and adolescents, including clinical psychologists, school psychologists, counselors, social workers, and psychiatrists.