Part 1 of the book describes the clinical and research background that led to development of the model (which, the authors claim, integrates clinical judgment with ongoing feedback from patients and their families). Part 2 is a manual that proceeds from selection of appropriate candidates to functional assessment, psychoeducation, communications enhancement, and problem-solving techniques. The psychoeducation component includes didactic materials on etiology, treatment, and self-management, including a "relapse drill," a dress rehearsal for what to do when the patient shows incipient signs of a manic or depressive recurrence. Also included are methods for dealing with resistances and with nonadherence to medication. Following this, four basic communication skills are taught (expressing positive feelings, active listening, making positive requests for change, and expressing negative feelings about specific behaviors). There is a special section on dealing with family problems common in bipolar disorder, with a problem-solving worksheet. This exercise is particularly useful in focusing families on a common goal and involving the patient in an egalitarian process of problem resolution.