Problem Solving Treatment Training Philosophy & Values

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Patient values and preferences are intrinsic to the Problem Solving Treatment (PST) approach. Therapists attempt to empower patients to identify problems in living from their own perspective; see connections between these problems and the depressive symptoms they are experiencing; prioritize which issues they wish to focus on; and choose ways in which they would like to take action, or not take action, on problems in living.

Part of this process involves values clarification, whereby patients articulate what goals are important to them versus what they feel they “should” do, or what other people want from the patient.

PST therapists follow a manual and a structure for each session in illustrating each stage of problem solving. However, their role is to facilitate the process and not be overly directive or prescriptive. PST is designed as a brief treatment, and the therapist communicates to patients that the ultimate goal is to empower them to be their own “PST therapist.”