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Emotion-Centred Problem-Solving Therapy: Clinical advances and updates

Art Nezu, Christine Maguth Nezu

19 Apr 2023


Problem-solving therapy (PST) is a psychosocial intervention, historically considered to be a member of the cognitive and behavior therapies family, and is based on a biopsychosocial, diathesis-stress model of psychopathology. The major goal of PST is to foster the adoption of adaptive problem-solving attitudes and the effective implementation of behaviors (termed “tools”) aimed at effective coping with significant life stressors to attenuate the negative effects of such events on physical and mental well-being. Over the past several decades, in addition to accumulating strong support for its efficacy as a clinical intervention, similar to many other forms of psychotherapy, PST has undergone various evolutionary changes. Developed primarily as a more cognitive-based approach, due to the large body of literature in the field of affective neuroscience that underscores the importance of the transactional associations between affect and problem solving, PST has evolved into Emotion-Centered Problem-Solving Therapy or EC-PST and can be characterized as a transdiagnostic approach due to its relevance for a wide variety of psychological problems and patient populations.

The event will be equivalent to 1.1/2hrs of CPD.


This webinar will:
• Describe the conceptual framework of EC-PST
• Provide an overview of the empirical support for PST/EC-PST
• Describe the overarching outcome goals of EC-PST
- Enhance coping skills
- Foster hope
- Enhance resilience
- Decrease emotional distress/psychopathology
• Describe the four major treatment objectives and associated “toolkits” of EC-PST
- Decrease cognitive overload
- Enhance motivation
- Improve emotional regulation
- Increase problem-solving competency
• Describe the various applications (i.e., psychological problems and client populations) of EC-PST

Learning Objectives

You will learn:
• What are relevant assessment procedures
• What are the EC-PST tools
• How EC-PST can decrease emotional distress (e.g., depression)

Training Modalities

Didactic content, live/video demonstrations, Q&A

Key References
Beaudreau, S. A., Karel, M. J., Funderburk, J. S., Nezu, A. M., Nezu, C. M., Aspnes, A., & Wetherell,
J. L. (2022). Problem-solving training for Veterans in home based primary care: An evaluation of intervention effectiveness. International Psychogeriatrics, 34, 165-176.
Nezu, A. M. & Nezu, C. M. (2021). Emotion-centered problem-solving therapy. In A. Wenzel (Ed.),
Handbook of cognitive behavioral therapy (pp. 463-489). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
Nezu, A. M., Nezu, C. M. & Gerber, H. R. (2019). (Emotion-centered) problem-solving therapy: An
update. Australian Psychologist, 54, 361-371.
Nezu, A. M., & Nezu, C. M. (2019). Emotion-centered problem-solving therapy: Treatment
guidelines. New York: Springer Publishing.
Nezu, A. M., & Nezu, C. M. (2018). Emotion-centered problem-solving therapy: Working with
clients with suicidal ideation. APA DVD Series on Specific Treatments for Specific Problems. Washington, DC: American Psychological Associations.

About the presenter

Dr. Art Nezu is Distinguished University Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Professor of Medicine, and Professor of Public Health at Drexel University in the U.S. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice and Associate Editor of American Psychologist. In addition, he was previous Editor of both the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology and the Behavior Therapist. He is a past president of both the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and the American Board of Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology. He has received numerous awards for his research and professional contributions including an honorary doctoral degree. Dr. Nezu has published over 225 journal articles and book chapters as well as 25 books. He is the recipient of numerous research and demonstration grants. As the co-developer of PST/EC-PST, he has trained more than a thousand clinicians in various applications of this approach. As a consultant to the U.S. Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defence and the U.S. Air Force, he was instrumental in developing Moving Forward, a PST-based intervention aimed at enhancing the resilience of veterans and active service members. The in-person version of this program is currently being implemented across various VA and DoD medical centers, while a web-based course is accessible for free ( He has provided workshops around the world and was previously an honorary faculty member at the University of Nottingham.

Dr. Christine Maguth Nezu is a Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences and Professor of Medicine at Drexel University. She is a past president of the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Society for Clinical Psychology). She is currently a consulting editor for both the American Psychologist and Clinical Psychology: Science & Practice. The recipient of numerous prestigious academic and professional awards, Dr. Maguth Nezu was identified by the Association for Behavioral and & Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) as an elite “pioneer” in this field. Best known for her work as the co-developer of Emotion-Centered Problem-Solving Therapy (EC-PST), she has conducted research and training programs for the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), the Department of Defense (DoD), the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute of Mental Health, the Department of Justice, the Philadelphia Department of Mental Health, and various private foundations. Her leadership activities include Director of Clinical Training for an APA-accredited residency, Associate Provost for Research, member of the ABCT Board of Directors, and the Deputy Chair of the WCBCT Committee. She has published over 150 journal articles, book chapters, and 24 books, and held visiting faculty appointments and presented workshops around the world. 

Who should attend

This webinar is most suitable for practitioners interested in learning how to apply EC-PST to a wide variety of patients.

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