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Exhibit 10: Reminder Sheet For problem solving

spacer These, in brief, are the steps of the problem solving process.
  • "Is there a problem?" Recognize that a problem exists. We get clues from our bodies, our thoughts and feelings, our behavior, our reactions to other people, and the ways that other people react to us.
  • "What is the problem?" Identify the problem. Describe the problem as accurately as you can. Break it down into manageable parts.
  • "What can I do?" Consider various approaches to solving the problem. Brainstorm to think of as many solutions as you can. Consider acting to change the situation and/or changing the way you think about the situation.
  • "What will happen if . . .?" Select the most promising approach. Consider all the positive and negative aspects of each possible approach and select the one likely to solve the problem.
  • "How did it work?" Assess the effectiveness of the selected approach. After you have given the approach a fair trial, does it seem to be working out? If not, consider what you can do to beef up the plan, or give it up and try one of the other possible approaches.
Select a problem that does not have an obvious solution. Describe it accurately. Brainstorm a list of possible solutions. Evaluate the possibilities, and number them in the order of your preference.

Identify the problem:

List brainstorming solutions:
Source: Monti et al. 1989.


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