Problem-Solving Skills Training plus Parent Management Training (PSST + PMT)

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Program/Intervention Name

Problem-Solving Skills Training plus Parent Management Training (PSST + PMT)


Behavioral Management and Treatment, Family Functioning, Parenting Skills - Training and Enhancement, Peer associations/relationships

Program/Intervention Description

PSST is a therapeutic intervention aimed at teaching children with conduct disorder how to approach interpersonal situations. Treatment consists of 12 to 20 weekly individual sessions, approximately 30 to 50 minutes each. Children are taught a step-by-step approach to solving interpersonal problems. Prosocial behaviors are fostered through modeling and direct reinforcement. Structured tasks such as games, academic activities, and stories are used to teach children how to apply what they have learned. Over the course of treatment, children are encouraged to increase application of lessons to real-life situations. The program includes a token reinforcement system, but relies more on social reinforcement. Therapists also teach parents to help their child use the problem-solving steps.

Intervention Target Population Identified (Age Group)

6-12, 13-17

Program Goals/Outcomes

Train the child to think differently about situations and behave differently in diverse situations, Help the child internalize the problem solving steps so that they are able to use them to evaluate potential solutions to problems occurring outside of therapy, Learn and Generalize problem solving skills and how to apply problem solving skills using self-instruction, Learn how to generate positive solutions that would enable the child to avoid physical aggression, resolve the conflict, and keep themselves out of trouble

QIC Target Group

General - 3

QIC Adoption/Guardianship Relevance Levels

LEVEL 5: Other Human Services

QIC level of Evidence

LEVEL 2: Supported by Research

Intervention Web Site/URL

Contact Person/Purveyor

Alan Kazdin, Ph.D., ABPP


Yale University

Contact Email

Contact Phone

(203) 432-9993

External Links (Registry/Other Catalog)