Problem Solving Skills Training (PSST) – AKA Kazdin Parent Management Training (KPMT)

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Program/Intervention Name

Problem Solving Skills Training (PSST) - AKA Kazdin Parent Management Training (KPMT)


Family Functioning, Parenting Skills - Training and Enhancement

Program/Intervention Description

PSST is aimed at decreasing inappropriate or disruptive behavior in children. The program teaches that problem behaviors arise because children lack constructive ways to deal with thoughts and feelings and instead resort to dysfunctional ones. The program uses a cognitive-behavioral approach to teach techniques in managing thoughts and feelings, and interacting appropriately with others. Specific techniques include modeling, role-playing, positive reinforcement of appropriate behavior, and teaching alternative behaviors. Children are typically given homework to help them practice implementing these skills. Most sessions are individual, but parents may be brought in to observe and to learn how to assist in reinforcing new skills.

Intervention Target Population Identified (Age Group)

6-12, 13-17

Program Goals/Outcomes

QIC Target Group

Both Target 1 and Target 2

QIC Adoption/Guardianship Relevance Levels

LEVEL 5: Other Human Services

QIC level of Evidence

LEVEL 1: Effective and proven 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)