Problem-Solving Skills Training (PSST) (also known as the Kazdin Method of Parenting) is aimed at decreasing inappropriate or disruptive behavior in children ages 7 – 14. 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. PSST sessions are 50-minutes long and weekly. The recommended duration of delivery is approximately 8 to 14 weeks. The common delivery settings for PSST are in a hospital or outpatient clinic.

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.