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PEARLS is simple and easy to administer by staff at community-based organizations who might not have previous counseling experience or a higher education.

The University of Washington Health Promotion Research Center provides PEARLS training that prepares staff at community-based organizations to offer the program to older adults in their community. We are a partner and a champion for communities and organizations adopting PEARLS. We are there to support their success in providing the program — every step of the way.

We also provide training to experienced PEARLS coaches so they are able to train new PEARLS coaches to provide the program. The PEARLS Train-the-Trainer course can help organizations expand access to mental health care within their communities, networks, and partnerships.

In order to receive the full benefit of the PEARLS Implementation Toolkit and thoroughly understand PEARLS, staff who will be providing the program to older adults should complete training before starting the program within their community.

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PEARLS Training

We provide training on how to offer PEARLS to older adults in your community. PEARLS coaches (the name we give frontline staff at community-based organizations providing the program) meet one-one with older adults to help them build the skills they need to live happier, healthier, and more independent lives.


There are no professional licensing, accreditation, or higher education requirements to participate in PEARLS training. Our goal is to make this program as accessible as possible.

More than 700 individuals from over 100 community-based agencies around the U.S. have participated in PEARLS trainings since 2004.

PEARLS Training Options

PEARLS Coach Training

PEARLS Coach Training includes a dynamic balance of instruction, demonstration, group discussion, and practice. This training is for all members of an organization who will provide the program to older adults. Administrators and staff who will support the program at an organization are also welcome to participate in this training.

PEARLS coaches play a central role in delivering the program to older adults in the community, while other staff at an organization provide important support for PEARLS and may benefit from attending PEARLS training, too. These include organizational leaders and administrators, program managers, staff who are referring clients to PEARLS (e.g., case managers), outreach staff, clinical supervisors, and/or data coordinators.

All participants receive the PEARLS Implementation Toolkit and guidance on its contents during the training. Trainees learn to provide PEARLS through in-depth explanations, skill building, and constructive feedback from the PEARLS trainer(s).

Training Overview

Self-paced, online training that participants can access and complete when it is convenient for them. Participants will also need to complete a live practice session and training evaluation. See details below.

Training Available: November 2021 (exact date TBD)
Cost: $500 per person
Total Time: TBD
CEUs: Not available at this time
Access the Training Modules: Link to come

Training Components

  • Online Training Modules: Complete a series of online training modules at your own pace, including pre-recorded videos and knowledge assessments to demonstrate you understood the training materials. We estimate all the modules will take a about 12 hours to complete.
  • Practice Session: Attend at least one 90-minute practice session via Zoom to role play as a PEARLS coach and discuss questions. Practice sessions will be offered monthly.
  • Training Evaluation: Answer a survey via email about your experience with the training modules so we can determine their impact and improve participant experiences when possible.

Ongoing Support

  • Technical Assistance (TA) Calls: People who have successfully completed the PEARLS Coach Training will be invited to attend free, monthly TA calls with the University of Washington PEARLS team and fellow PEARLS coaches. The TA calls are an informal way to connect, hear updates, and troubleshoot problems together. These calls are optional and free to join.

PEARLS Train-the-Trainer Course

To become a PEARLS trainer, you must complete the PEARLS Coach Training and successfully enroll at least 10 people in PEARLS.

The PEARLS Train-the-Trainer Course teaches people how to provide PEARLS Coach Training to others. We offer this training annually through a series of six webinars (one per week for six weeks), each lasting 90-minutes.

Dates & Rates

Rates: $600 per person

Registration for the 2021 course is closed.

If you are interested in attending a future PEARLS Train-the-Trainer Course, please email us (