PEARLS Training

left-trainingIn-person Training

The two-day PEARLS training is designed to equip all members of a PEARLS team – including both counselors and administrators – to implement PEARLS successfully in their organization. To date, over 700 individuals from over 100 community-based agencies around the country have participated in PEARLS trainings.

PEARLS trainers are closely involved in PEARLS research and technical assistance activities, providing current perspectives on how the program is being delivered. Training includes a dynamic balance of didactic instruction, demonstration sessions, group discussion and practice exercises. All participants receive the PEARLS Training Workbook and are guided through its contents during the training. We believe that through in-depth conceptual explanations, skill building and in-person constructive feedback from PEARLS experts during the interactive elements of PEARLS Training, individuals can become proficient in conducting PEARLS.

Individuals who plan to serve as PEARLS counselors receive the greatest degree and depth of training, since they work directly with clients in home- and community-based settings. Additional roles are instrumental to successful PEARLS implementation within an agency and may benefit from PEARLS training. These include organizational leaders/administrators, the program manager, staff who are referring to PEARLS (e.g., case managers), outreach staff, clinical supervisors, and data coordinators.

We conduct 1-2 in-person training sessions in spring and/or fall in Seattle, Washington. The early bird registration rate is $600; full rate is $650 (see the brochure below for registration deadlines).

Our training team is also available to come to your location to train a larger number of staff (10 or more). Please contact us at if you are interested in learning more about PEARLS onsite trainings.

Registration has closed for the April 2019 training; our next PEARLS Training in Seattle will be in October 2019, dates TBD.


Online Training

We also offer an online training course to get familiar with PEARLS before a full in-person training, or to brush up on the information covered during the full training. The course takes about 2 hours to complete and includes:

  • An overview of the PEARLS program and research
  • Seven steps of Problem Solving Treatment
  • How to introduce PEARLS to a client
  • Step-by-step instruction in use of the Problem Solving Treatment worksheet
  • Psychiatric Case Review
  • Epilepsy-specific issues

The course allows you to move at your own pace. You can even stop and come back to the course later. You have access to the course for 12 months after purchase. We have combined audio and video formats, along with periodic quizzes, all to help you consolidate your learning.

This is a good refresher for your PEARLS training, or a good introduction to PEARLS if you have not had training yet. This course may also be appropriate for other PEARLS team members that are not providing PEARLS counseling directly, such as program managers, administrators or case managers.

The PEARLS online course is $95 and continuing education is included.

The course is managed by the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice.
Go here to register for online training.


Master Training

We currently offer an annual PEARLS Master Training for experienced PEARLS counselors to learn how to train others.  The course is a series of six webinars (one per week for six weeks), each lasting 90-minutes. Cost is $600 and CEUs are included.

Registration for the 2019 Master Training has closed. Please contact if you are interested in learning more about future Master Trainings.


Professional Credit / CEUs (optional)

PEARLS is accredited by the National Association of Social Workers.

Licensed Social Workers, Marriage, and Family Therapists and Mental Health Counselors are eligible.

Provider number is #886783230.

The in-person training provides 15 CEUs. The online training provides 2 CEUs. The master training provides 9 CEUs.


Other Resources

Free, translated versions of the PHQ-9 are available here. Please note that not all of these versions have been validated with older persons.

The Mental Health Training Network offers a 90-minute free PHQ-2 and PHQ-9 online training.