Problem-Solving Therapy for Medical Patients: Helping People Cope, Adjust, and Deal with Daily Hassles and Major Life Events - Social Work p.r.n.

Problem-Solving Therapy for Medical Patients: Helping People Cope, Adjust, and Deal with Daily Hassles and Major Life Events

Problem-Solving Therapy for Medical Patients: Helping People Cope, Adjust, and Deal with Daily Hassles and Major Life Events

Workshop Overview/Summary

Problem-solving therapy, originated by Marvin Goldfried and further developed by Thomas D’Zurilla, Arthur Nezu, and colleagues, is based in cognitive-behavioral theory and uses many familiar cognitive and behavioral techniques. Effective problem solving, according to the social problem-solving model, offers a structured approach to coping and adjustment to major and minor life events. In brief, social problem solving is a rational and systematic way of thinking about problems in daily living. The major components of social problem solving include the following: problem orientation, problem definition and formulation, generation of alternatives, decision-making, solution implementation and verification.

This introductory training is designed to provide learners with an understanding and ability to implement this empirically-supported, manually-driven approach to help persons cope with daily medical and non-medical problems resulting from diagnosis, treatment, terminal illness, or living with medical conditions. Emphasis will be on problem-solving therapy for persons with medical conditions such as cancer, irritable bowel syndrome, diabetes, and cardiac disorders; discussion and examples of problem-solving therapy’s application to treatment of anxiety and depression will also be highlighted. Problem solving techniques can also be used in stress management training, couples therapy, management of acute, chronic, and terminal health-related problems, and programs or interventions designed to enhance quality of life and well-being.

Methods of instruction will include interactive lecture, video and live demonstrations, and role-playing. Foundations in cognitive and behavioral therapies are useful for advancing participants’ ability to implement this therapy.

Course Goals & Objectives

After completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the social problem-solving model of distress, and how to assess and teach problem-solving skills to persons with medical conditions and other emotional difficulties.
  2. Examine individual differences and diversity among persons and populations and how problem-solving therapy can be instrumental in facilitating individual coping across backgrounds.
  3. Identify, define, and help clients overcome maladaptive behavioral response styles to problems.
  4. Understand how to adapt problem solving therapy and skills training for different formats (i.e., couples, groups, workshops)

Presenter: Dr. Felgoise is a licensed psychologist, Professor, Director of the PsyD Program in Clinical Psychology, and Vice-Chair of the Department of Psychology at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She earned her degrees and postdoctoral fellowship from Hahnemann (Drexel) University and completed an APA-accredited internship UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, in Piscataway, NJ. Dr. Felgoise earned her diplomate in clinical psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology in 2003 and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Clinical Psychology.

Dr. Felgoise is a clinician, educator, mentor, scholar, researcher, and consultant trained in the scientist-practitioner model. She teaches doctoral courses and gives workshops regularly in Problem-Solving Therapy for Medical Patients and general clinical populations; Grief, Loss and Bereavement; Improving Quality of Life; Sexual Dysfunction and Sexual Health; Qualitative Methodology, among others.

Dr. Felgoise’s clinical research focuses on quality of life in, and psychosocial aspects of, ALS (Lou Gherig’s Disease) and Long QT Syndrome (LQTS, a life-threatening cardiac arrhythmia condition). Research on these topics have emphasized factors relating to quality of life, social problem solving, coping and adjustment, resilience factors (hope, optimism, spirituality), and comorbid psychological conditions (i.e., anxiety, depression). Her work has been grant supported in part by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and the Center for Chronic Disorders of Aging. These research projects have been funded by the ALS Association and the Christopher Reeves Foundation, and presented at the Heart Rhythm Society, Society of Behavioral Medicine, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Neurology Associations, and other conferences. She and her collaborators have published their works in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine, Neurology, and Quality of Life journals.

Dr. Felgoise has also co-authored numerous national conference presentations in her areas of research, and previously on coping with cancer, including a book published by the American Psychological Association, Helping Cancer Patients Cope: A Problem-Solving Approach. She is also an associate editor and author for the Encyclopedia of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies by Kluewer, and co-author of a graduate textbook, Clinical Psychology: Integrating Science and Practice.

For more than 15 years, Dr. Felgoise has been an active member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, American Psychological Association, Div. 12 (Clinical), Div. 38 (Health), Div. 54 (Pediatrics), the Society for Behavioral Medicine, the American Academy of Clinical Psychology, and the American Board of Professional Psychology.

Dr. Felgoise is Associate Editor of the Journal of Clinical Psychology, and Consulting Editor for Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, and Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. She also serves as an ad-hoc reviewer for Psycho-Oncology and others.

Dr. Felgoise has been in private practice for 15 years helping individuals cope and adjust to daily life stressors, medical conditions, sexual health and dysfunction, couples and family problems, anxiety, grief, depression, and helping individuals improve their overall quality of life and positive experiences by use of problem solving therapy and other empirically-supported cognitive behavioral therapy techniques.


Credits: 6 CEU’s for PA Social Workers; MFT’s and PC’s Fee: $115.00

Cancellation requests submitted five (5) business days before the start of the workshop will receive a 50% refund. Cancellation requests received less than 5 business days before the start of the workshop will receive a credit towards another workshop of equal value.

Social Work prn reserves the right to CANCEL and/or RESCHEDULE any workshop at any time. In the event Social Work prn cancels a scheduled workshop, we will notify all registered participants immediately, and provide either a full refund or credit towards another workshop.

Please allow up to five (5) business days for refund to be processed.

“NASW-PA Chapter is a co-sponsor of this workshop. 6 CEs will be awarded for completion of this course. NASW has been designated as a pre-approved provider of professional continuing education for social workers (Section 47.36), Marriage and Family Therapist (Section 48.36) and Professional Counselors (Section 49.36) by the PA State Board of Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists and Professional Counselors.”




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September 15, 2018

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Sep 15 2018


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