Become an Expert PST Trainer

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To qualify for training as an expert PST trainer, clinicians must be certified in PST for at least one year and have been carrying a large caseload of PST cases (more than 50%) during that time. This requirement is necessary for a trainer to have enough experience in PST to draw upon when training novices in the intervention. Clinicians will co-lead a group training and be trained in the following skills: 

  1. Conducting simulated role plays and providing feedback. The trainee will lead simulated case role plays with the expert trainer until the trainee can competently lead a simulated case with little guidance from the expert. 
  2. Running 6-month supervision for certification. The trainee will lead supervision calls with the expert trainer until the trainee can competently lead these calls with little guidance from the expert. 
  3. Use of the PST Adherence Sheet (PSTAS). The trainee will listen to 3 or more PST audiotaped sessions, rate them using the PSTAS, and then compare their ratings to the expert's. The expert trainer will review the rating forms and discuss areas where the trainee diverged from the expert rating. The trainee must achieve 95% inter-rater agreement. 

To retain trainer certification, the trainer must participate in annual calls for the National Network of PST Clinicians, Trainers, and Researchers. 

Training Outline

Co-Leading Phone-Based Practice Sessions 

~15 hours 

  • One-on-one practice sessions with trainee clinicians and certified PST expert trainer

Co-Leading Monthly Case Presentation 

6 hours (1 hour per month) 

  • Group calls with 5-8 participants 
  • Participants present real cases and discuss challenging and complex case presentations with expert trainer and trainee

Audio Recording Review for Certification 

3-10 hours 

  • Audiotape reviews compared to certified PST expert


Cost of Trainer Certification

$2,400 per clinician


Contact with questions and/or to begin this process. Ensure you've read the qualifications and time requirements above.