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This workshop will provide an introduction to the theory and application of an evidenced based treatment approach to depression that combines aspects of Cognitive Behavioral and Solution Focused Treatment. Developed in 1990, Problem Solving Treatment was so effective in addressing depression in a primary care setting that it is now used throughout the United States and in a number of other countries. Problem Solving Treatment also has benefit and application in work with clients across a range of issues. It has been most studied in combatting depression. This training will introduce the use of psychoeducation and key aspects of Problem Solving in treating depressive symptoms. Participants will learn ways to integrate and apply Problem Solving into their own practice, for personal use, and how to work collaboratively with their clients/patients to determine the likelihood of meeting goals and when to revise goals to promote success.


sotoDiane R. Dolan-Soto, MSW, LCSW established and runs the Internal Medicine Counseling Program at the Internal Medicine Clinic at UNC’s Ambulatory Care Center.  She has cultivated the practice of using Problem Solving Treatment as a way to work effectively in brief treatment with individuals who often experience complex, comorbid conditions. Her current work focuses on evidenced based depression care, contributing to evidenced-based anxiety treatment, and addressing the impact of chronic medical conditions, grief and other life stressors on physical and psychological well-being. Her history of expertise has been in work with adult survivors of childhood abuse, domestic violence, rape, incest and other traumas. She brings over 20 years of experience in both brief and long term psychodynamic psychotherapy with adults, families, children and groups. She draws from Cognitive Behavioral, Solution Focused, Strengths Oriented, and Self-Psychological approaches. She is trained in advanced Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing, Level II, for work with survivors of trauma. Ms. Dolan-Soto is certified as an advanced practitioner through the Center for Mind Body Medicine and integrates Mind Body Stress Reduction Skill training in work with patients, and training for health and mental health care professionals.SLIDES|| printable handouts: 3 slides with note space || 6 slides per page || ProblemSolvingForm

Clinical Lecture Series at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work

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