Training in Problem-Solving Treatment (PST) consists of two components:
PST is an evidence-based counseling technique used in the IMPACT program. PST training consists of two components, didactic learning and case-based learning. We offer a free, online module that summarizes the evidence for and key elements of PST, including how to use this psychotherapeutic technique to treat depression. Go to our online training page, view the Table of Contents, and watch Module #5.
Trainees can complete the didactic portion of the PST training in four to eight hours, either through in-person training or through our free online training program. The in-person training typically includes hands on training – like role-playing – that is not possible with the online training. Otherwise, the didactic content is very similar in both training methods.
After a trainee completes the didactic portion of PST training, they participate in case-based learning with a certified PST trainer. Typically, a trainee audio records their sessions with a real patient. The trainer listens to the recording and gives feedback to the trainee prior to the next scheduled trainee-patient appointment. Sometimes, the trainer can listen to a trainee-patient session live via conference call, though they do not participate in the conversation.
This method allows the trainee to receive immediate feedback while the session is fresh in their mind. However, for some, scheduling issues and/or phone costs can make this a less desirable option. Sometimes the trainee can e-mail digital audio files to the supervisor to speed up the supervision process and avoid shipping costs. Or, the trainee can express mail analog tapes to the supervisor for review and feedback by telephone.
Train the Trainer
We often encourage organizations that will have an ongoing need for PST supervision to train an in-house trainer. Once certified as a PST practitioner, that person would need to practice PST with patients – ideally for several months – to reinforce their own training and gain substantial PST experience. At that point, they would take on their own trainees.
The new trainer's original trainer would also listen to the first few audio recordings of the new trainee. They would review the feedback provided to the trainee by the new trainer. The original trainer would give the new trainer feedback, as necessary, to insure that the training is not being diluted or drifting off course.
As soon as the original trainer feels comfortable with the training skills of the new trainer, that person is certified as a PST trainer.