Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

Living Edition
| Editors: Jay Lebow, Anthony Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Problem Solving Skills Training in Couple and Family Therapy

Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-15877-8_92-1

Name of the Strategy or Intervention

Problem-Solving Training.




Problem-solving training (PST*) is a central component of cognitive-behavioral couple therapy and featured prominently in behavioral marital therapy (BMT; also known as traditional behavioral couple therapy). PST* can be thought of as a specialized form of communication training that is specific to helping couples effectively navigate conflict around specific problematic behaviors or circumstances. PST* is aimed at developing the skills for distressed couples to collaborate on generating solutions to especially challenging problems in their relationship (e.g., how to divide financial responsibilities, how to manage in-laws at family dinners).

An important first emphasis in training couples in PST* is that this approach to problem-solving is not necessarily appropriate for all problems. Learning to make the distinction between what problems are and are not resolvable with PST* is an important skill...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of UtahSalt Lake CityUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Brian Baucom
    • 1
  1. 1.University of UtahSalt Lake CityUSA