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Problem Solve #SoteldoTherapy #How-To #CBT

Updated: Mar 27

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a) Identify and Define Problem Area/Issue

Ø The issue or problem has to be stated as clearly as possible; always be objection and Specific; Do not use subject feeling to describe the problem. Describe it as observed.

Ø What caused the problem is important to note, but try to focus more on what’s maintaining it.

Ø When setting goals for resolving the problem, make sure they are things that are not just achievable, but also realistic.

b) Generate Potential Solutions

Ø The second step involves listing all the solutions, without thinking about their quality or feasibility.

Ø Once you’re done listing everything that you can think of, start the process of elimination. You need to eliminate all the unreasonable or less desirable solutions.

Ø Finally, list down the remaining solutions, in your order of preference.

c) Evaluate Alternatives

Ø Carefully evaluate the top preferred solutions, in terms of their pros and cons.

d) Figure out a solution

Ø Pick one or two solutions that you think will be applicable to your case

Ø Be specific with the actions and who will carry out those actions

Ø Have a specific procedure of how and when the solution will be implemented

e) Implement Solutions

Ø Implement the solution as planned

f) Evaluate the Outcome

Ø Evaluate the effectiveness of the solution. Ask yourself, will it help you achieve the desired results?

Ø Only you can decide if the results are satisfactory or you’ll need to revise the whole plan.

Problem solving is not a complex skill. You can acquire it with the help of a mental health professional, or by reading books.

Raquel Soteldo, RP(Q), CCC, ABA, MA, PMP

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