Care managers receive extensive training in PST-PC, which has been proven as effective as antidepressants for treating major depressive disorder in primary care patients. The premise of PST-PC is that: a) poor problem solving skills make a patient vulnerable to depression; b) life problems can trigger or worsen depression; and c) once depressed, problems become more difficult to solve. Therefore, the therapeutic rationale is:
- Problem solving helps the patient exert control over her problems.
- Fewer problems, enhanced sense of ability, and increased hope lead to improved mood.
- Once learned, these skills can be used to ameliorate depression in the future.
The advantages of using PST-PC in a medical setting include the following characteristics:
- focused on the “here and now”
- practical to apply
- common sense approach
- easily learned by the patient and the care manager
- high patient acceptance and satisfaction
Read more about the Key Components of Problem Solving Treatment
For those interested in PST training, we recommend contacting the National Network of PST Clinicians, Trainers, & Researchers which provides PST training and supervision for clinicians and county agencies. For more information, visit http://pstnetwork.ucsf.edu/