School Psychology Review

Considerations for Developing Effective School-Based Social Problem-Solving (SPS) Training Programs

Roger P. Weissberg, Ellis L. Gesten

pp. 56-63

Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions for Classroom and Academic Behaviors

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ABSTRACT: Social problem-solving (SPS) skills training is an approach to primary prevention and competence-building designed to promote children’s abilities to resolve interpersonal conflicts,and consequently, their adjustment. Although initial SPS interventions with inner-city preschoolers and kindergarteners suggested that training facilitated problem-solving skill acquisition which, in turn, mediated improved adjustment.recent studies with older children have yielded equivocal findings. This paper offers suggestions for conducting more effective elementary school-based SPS training programs. The discussion focuses on the key issues of: (a) curriculum content and instructional formats, (b) program structure, (c)instruction and supervision of SPS trainers, and (d) teaching cognitive behavioral SPS skills effectively. The Rochester SPS training program for second- to fourth-grade children is described giving special attention to these issues.