Problem Solving and Decision Making

Interpersonal Decision Processes includes two activities:

First is problem solving: The purpose of the problem-solving process is to identify clearly the problem(s)/issue(s) and possible intervention strategies that can lead to a resolution. In this way, effective clinical problem solving provides a structure for addressing the identified concerns.

Second is decision making: The purpose of decision making is to move forward in the decision process to reach a conclusion. It is the selection of a course of action among several possible alternatives. Every decision-making activity produces a final choice that may or may not be effective in achieving the desired outcome.

Thus, effective decision processes are those that provide a useful structure for solving important problems and that result in achieving the intended objectives.

Although these processes are related, they will be presented separately for learning purposes.

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