Problem Solving Treatment (PST) is a skills-building treatment for depression used in primary medical care and community settings. It is based on the assumption that problems of daily life cause and maintain depressive symptoms, and that through systematically identifying and addressing these problems, people can reduce the number and severity of depressive symptoms they experience. By teaching a specific, structured problem solving procedure based on clearly defining problems and setting concrete and realistic goals, PST helps individuals gain a sense of control over their lives and become empowered to make lasting life changes.
At the PEARLS Training, participants will spend a significant amount of time learning the theory of PST and practicing its implementation, since PST is a major element of the PEARLS Program.
PST Has 7 Steps
1. Clarify and define the problem
2. Set realistic goals
3. Generate multiple solutions
4. Evaluate and compare solutions
5. Select a feasible solution
6. Implement the solution
7. Evaluate the outcome
Why Use PST?
- PST uses a common sense approach to problem solving.
- PST has a brief implementation period of six to eight 45-60 minute sessions over a period of no more than six months.
- PST focuses on the “here and now”.
- PST has a broad application that can aptly address a range of social, financial and health-related issues.
- PST has high participant acceptance and satisfaction.
At the PEARLS Training, participants will spend a significant amount of time learning the theory of PST and practicing its implementation, since PST is a major element of the PEARLS Program. PEARLS counselors will leave Training with a sound understanding of the concepts underlying PST, which is critical to learning to implement it effectively. Trainers will demonstrate PST using role plays and participants will have ample opportunity to practice PST and receive relevant feedback.