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The PEARLS training program teaches participants the knowledge and skills necessary to identify depression among community-dwelling clients, and assist these clients to effectively manage and decrease their depression.

An evidence-based behavioral treatment program, the PEARLS training focuses on two client populations: older adults and individuals with epilepsy.

Research studies have demonstrated that the PEARLS approach is effective at reducing depression symptoms and improving the quality of life for individuals. PEARLS is included in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs.

  • Participation in a PEARLS depression treatment program for older adults was shown to be three times as likely as usual care to result in complete recovery from depression.
  • Adults with epilepsy receiving PEARLS were more likely to have reductions in depression and improvements in emotional well-being, as compared to usual care*.

The PEARLS training is a dynamic balance of didactic instruction, demonstrations, practice sessions, and group discussion.

Ciechanowski, P., Wagner, E., Schmaling, K., Schwartz, S., Williams, B., Diehr, P., et al. (2004). Community-integrated home-based depression treatment in older adults: a randomized controlled trial. JAMA, 291(13), 1569-1577. (PubMed #15069044)

*Ciechanowski, P., Chaytor, N., Miller, J., Russo, J., Fraser, R., Unützer, J., Gilliam, F., and PEARLS Research Team. PEARLS depression treatment for individuals with epilepsy: a randomized controlled trial.


  • Early License - $445 (before September 16, 2016)
  • Late License - $495 (after September 16, 2016)

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If you register and are unable to attend, you can apply your Fee toward a future training within one year of University of Washington's receipt of cancellation notification. (Costs incurred by the registrant, such as airfare and hotel, are the responsibility of the registrant.) The University of Washington reserves the right to cancel this course twenty (20) days prior to the course date when a minimum enrollment is not met or for other reasons that prevent the University from holding the course. Each registrant will be notified by telephone followed by written notification and a full refund.

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