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Problem Solving Depression: An Evidenced Based Practice presented by Diane Dolan-Soto, LCSW

Monday, January 23, 2017 12-2 pmat the Tate-Turner-Kuralt Auditorium of the UNC School of Social Work, Chapel Hill, NC  || SLIDES|| printable handouts: 3 slides with note space || 6 slides per page || ProblemSolvingForm

When: Monday, January 23, 2017, 12-2 pm, with light refreshments and meet-and-greet reception beginning at 11:30 am by Vimala’s CurryBlossom Café

WhereUNC School of Social Work Auditorium, 325 Pittsboro Street, Chapel Hill, NC   Directions and parking

Fees: Workshop fee is $35

Workshop is offered free of charge to current UNC SSW students, staff, faculty, and to current UNC SSW Field Instructors and Task Supervisors (obtain coupon code from Field Office).

Additional $6 charge for psychologists who would like to receive Category A credit (please bring $6 day of event)

Registration: Online pre-registration  (You may pre-register up until the day prior to the program.)

Live Streaming: Can’t make it in person? Participate to live stream. (All who register for live streaming will receive an email with directions on how to join/log-in  the Friday before lecture.)


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.



 Learning Objectives: 

At the completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify key facts about evidenced based depression treatment
  2. Describe the theory and application of Problem Solving using 3 components of goal setting.
  3. Be familiar with how to determine realistic goal setting and when to revise goals for client/patient progress

Handouts: All handouts for the lecture will be posted on the top of this event’s page.



Arean et al (2007). Effectiveness of problem-solving therapy for older, primary care patients with depression:  Results from the IMPACT project. The Gerontologist .

Bell, A. C., & D’Zurilla, T. J. (2009). Problem-solving therapy for depression: A meta-analysis. Clinical Psychology Review, 29(4), 348-353.

Becker-Weidman, E. G., Jacobs, R. H., Reinecke, M. A., Silva, S. G. & J. S. March. (2010). Social problem-solving among adolescents treated for depression. Behaviour Research and Therapy48 (1), 11-18.

IMPACT – Improving Mood Providing Access to Collaborative Treatment., evidenced based depression care in a primary care setting.

Kirkham, J. G., Choi, N. & Seitz, D. P. (2016) Meta-analysis of problem solving therapy for the treatment of major depressive disorder in older adults. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 31(5), 526–535.

Unützer J, et al (2002). Collaborative care management of late-life depression in the primary care setting: A randomized controlled trial.  The Journal of the American Medical Association, 288:2836-2845



Transportation/ DirectionsThe most reliable place to park is in the UNC Hospital lot on Manning Drive. Parking fee is $1.50/ hour. The Carolina Inn next door on Pittsboro has space-available pay parking for a flat fee of $10/day. There are also numerous “park & ride” locations in Chapel Hill, with bus service to (or near) the School of Social Work. Directions.

Payment and Refund policies:  There will be no refunds issued, however you may transfer your place to a colleague or receive credit for a future lecture. Please contact Carol Ann Hincy at / 919-962-6540 to make arrangements, or if you have any other questions.

How to access UNC wireless: Information for connecting to wireless at UNC

Information on Continuing Educational Credit:

Contact hours provided for LCSWs and LMFTs hours

CEU: Two Contact Hours per event

2 Contact Hours from UNC Chapel Hill School of Social Work.

2 Contact Hours NBCC (provider #6642) The UNC School of Social Work is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.  

Each clinical lecture is co-sponsored by the North Carolina Psychological Association and the UNC School of Social Work. The North Carolina Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The North Carolina Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Each workshop is offered for 2 Hours of continuing education credit.

No partial credit will be given. Participants must attend the entire program in order to receive credit.

Certificate of Completion:

Certificate of Completion will be available upon completion of  post-test and evaluation, a link to the evaluation will be sent within 48 hours post lecture. Once post test and evaluation are complete a PDF of the certificate will generate and be sent to the participant via email.

ADA Statement: If you require any of the auxiliary aids or services identified in the Americans with Disabilities Act in order to participate in this program, please call us at 919-962-6540 no later than ten business days before the program.

Attendance Policy: To receive credit, you must be present for the entire session, and you must sign the sign-in and sign-out sheets (for psychologists). No partial credit will be given. No credit will be given to participants who are more than 15 minutes late at the beginning of any session. No credit will be given to participants who leave before the close of a session.

Additional questions? Contact Deborah Barrett, PhD, LCSW at /919-843-5818 or Carol Ann Hincy at / 919-962-6540.


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