What is PEARLS?

PEARLS for Adults with Epilepsy is a home-based treatment program for adults with epilepsy and major, minor, or chronic depression. The name PEARLS stands for Program to Encourage Active Rewarding Lives

The method is designed to reduce depressive symptoms and improve quality of life during 6 to 8 sessions that take place in the client's home and focus on brief behavioral techniques. PEARLS Program counselors empower people to take action and make lasting changes so that they can lead more active and rewarding lives.

Why was PEARLS created?

People with epilepsy are more likely to be depressed than people without epilepsy. In fact, studies have shown that between 32-48% of people with epilepsy experience significant symptoms of depression.

How Can I Bring PEARLS to My Organization?

In order to become a counselor, you will need complete PEARLS training which is offered throughout the year in Seattle, WA or training can be brought to you

Those who can benefit from the training include the organizational leadership, the future PEARLS program manager, the future PEARLS counselor, and the clinical supervisor of your organization.

Continuing education units are available.To find out more, visit the PEARLS website.

How Can I Receive PEARLS Counseling?

You can contact your local Epilepsy Foundation affiliate or Jody Kakacek at the national Epilepsy Foundation office to find out about PEARLS services in your area.


The Managing Epilepsy Well Network is funded by the CDC and is supported by special interest project (SIP) 05-07, SIP 07-06, SIP 06-07, SIP 01-08 and SIP 09-11, and Cooperative Agreement Numbers U4 DP000043, U48DP000050, U48DP001901, U48DP001949, 1U48-DP001909


Authored Date: 
Reviewed By: 
Patty Obsorne Shafer RN, MN
Monday, October 21, 2013