ERIC Number: ED122174
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
A Problem Solving Training Package for the Single Family.
Blechman, Elaine A.
An analysis of the threats to effective single parent leadership gave rise to a problem-solving training package for the single-parent family. This package was designed to meet the clinical intervention needs of single-parent families with preadolescent and adolescent children. Highly structured procedures and professional supervision permit carefully selected and trained nonprofessionals to provide and evaluate these services to single-parent families with diverse presenting problems. Problem-solving training has two broad goals: (1) Alleviate the family's presenting problems by teaching family members to write and successfully implement contingency contracts, (2) Insure that after training succeeds, and contact with the trainer has faded, family members will conduct weekly family management sessions during which they exercise the problem-solving skills during training. Part I of this paper presents basic assumptions about the intervention needs of single-parent families, and describes how problem-solving training fits these needs. Part II presents the component objectives and steps in training, and describes procedures for evaluation and for fading client-trainer contact. Part III presents the training procedures as they might be gradually presented to a family (or a novice trainer), addressing frequently asked questions. (Author)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Behavior Change, Family Problems, Guides, Intervention, Models, One Parent Family, Paraprofessional Personnel, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Counseling, Parent Participation, Problem Solving, Training
Elaine A. Blechman, Ph.D., Department of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine, 904 Howard Avenue, Ste. 6A, New Haven, Connecticut 06519
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (83rd, Chicago, Illinois, August 30 - September 2, 1975)