Problem Solving Treatment Training

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The AIMS Center encourages organizations and clinicians to pursue certification in Problem Solving Treatment (PST). Clinicians are taught by expert trainers using procedures and standards set by the National Network of PST Clinicians, Trainers & Researchers. Patrick J. Raue, PhD, Associate Director for Evidence-based Psychosocial Interventions at the AIMS Center, directs the National Network of PST Clinicians, Trainers & Researchers, which was founded by Patricia Areán, PhD

About PST Training

PST training requires approximately 15 hours of clinician time over the course of six months (or more). For specifics about the PST components, please review the PST Certification requirements. PST training includes the following components: 

Component Time Commitment*
Didactic Component: Online Training 2 ½ hours (online training)
1 hour (Q&A group telephone session)
Phone-Based Practice Sessions 3 hours per clinician
Monthly Case Presentation  6 hours (monthly group supervision calls)
Audio Recording Review 3-4 hours** per clinician

* All times are approximate.
** Please also include technical time in your time estimates to account for recording PST sessions that are submitted for review.

Clinician Licensure Requirements

Licensed providers such as licensed social workers, registered nurses, and psychologists are eligible to receive training and to become certified in PST. Previous experience or training in mental health is not a prerequisite for PST training and certification.

Medical assistants, licensed practice nurses, and non-clinical staff members are not eligible for formal certification in PST. The AIMS Center will, however, offer basic training to the above staff to expand their skill set in using psychosocial approaches, such as patient activation, to support the rest of the treatment team. 

Caseload Requirements 

Prospective PST trainees must have an active patient caseload by the time they begin PST training. Recorded PST sessions with real patients serve an essential component of the training.  

Required Time Commitment 

It is assumed that once engaged in PST, the clinician will devote approximately 15 hours over the course of six months (or more) to becoming certified.