It is important that these skills be taught sequentially, rather than all at once.
Older people generally need a longer period to process new information, and allowing more time for discussion of each step facilitates learning.
It is important to educate older people about what depression is and how this therapy works because so many older adults hold inaccurate ideas about depression and are afraid of psychotherapy.
After this introduction, the next five sessions focus on teaching each of the skills.
Problem-solving treatment is a relatively new psychological intervention for depression.
It is a brief and practical psychological intervention that has been found to be effective in the treatment of depressive disorders in primary care.
PST for primary care settings is briefer and consists of 4 to 6 sessions.
PST has also been applied to geriatric and medical populations.
This helps patients determine their major goals, asses the problems that are getting in the way of those goals, and apply problem-solving techniques as well as accept uncontrollable situations.
PST is a short-term therapy (8-16 sessions) that can be provided in individual or group format.