We are thrilled that Bright IDEAS: Problem-Solving Skills Training (PSST) is available through RTIPs!
Bright IDEAS is an intervention that reduces emotional distress in mothers of children recently diagnosed with cancer. The letters in IDEAS represent the five essential steps of the PSST problem-solving approach:
- The "I" stands for "identify the problem";
- "D" stands for "determine the options";
- "E" is for "evaluate options and choose the best";
- "A" is for "act"; and
- "S" is for "see if it worked."
To provide a brief background, in the mid-1980’s there was controversy over whether childhood cancer in the family was a traumatic or a growth experience for siblings with this in mind we developed a 7-site survey study, whose findings and subsequent work grew into the Bright IDEAS method. We worked with both English- and Spanish-speaking participants in developing this tool and are now able to offer our intervention materials in both English and Spanish.
Bright IDEAS is best suited for implementation in medical-center-based oncology centers and outpatient oncology clinics during regularly scheduled pediatric appointments for medical treatment or during extended pediatric hospitalizations.
I encourage you to share your thoughts about this program, multi-lingual research experiences, and any work you might be doing that empowers families by providing strategic coping tools and resources.
I look forward to being in touch with you about implementing this and similar programs.