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(p. 87) Module 5—Problem-Solving (Sessions 13–15) 

(p. 87) Module 5—Problem-Solving (Sessions 13–15)
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(p. 87) Module 5—Problem-Solving (Sessions 13–15)
Author(s):

Amy Weisman de Mamani

, Merranda McLaughlin

, Olivia Altamirano

, Daisy Lopez

, and Salman Shaheen Ahmad

DOI:
10.1093/med-psych/9780197500644.003.0007
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date: 27 January 2021

This chapter is designed to help clinicians teach clients an efficient, step-by-step approach for problem-solving. Family members are first taught to systematically examine their beliefs and values to help them identify issues worth tackling (e.g., to pick their battles wisely). Next, clients are taught a systematic technique, using detailed handouts, for operationalizing their chosen problems, identifying the best solution or set of solutions, and developing a plan to implement the solution/s. In subsequent sessions, clinicians are instructed to help families revise their implementation strategy, if needed, or move on to tackle a new problem. Several examples of relevant problem-solving homework assignments that families can complete together are provided. The chapter concludes with a case example of problem-solving with a Jewish mother and her adult daughter.

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