This course covers the theory and application of Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) as it applies to adolescents, including principles of assessment, diagnosis and treatment.
|Course Dates||Semester 2|
|Course Delivery||Workshops (5 x full days)|
|Academic Co-ordinator||Emily Taylor and Matthias Schwannauer|
This course aims to equip child and adolescent mental health professionals with an understanding of the IPT model and its application in practice to adolescents with mood disorders or eating disorders, in individual and group therapy settings.
Interpersonal Psychotherapy provides a pragmatic, time-limited and focused approach to the treatment of major depression. It is modest in its use of psychotherapy jargon and promotes attention to the relationship-based issues that are central to the experience of many depressed patients. Instead of over-focusing on causation, it attends to difficulties arising in the daily experience of maintaining relationships and resolving difficulties while suffering an episode of major depression.
The fundamental clinical task of IPT is to help patients to learn to link mood with interpersonal contacts, and to recognise that, by appropriately addressing interpersonal situations, they may simultaneously improve both their relationships and depressive state.
The course is delivered using a combination of didactic teaching and practice-based exercises, making use of current research, case-studies and role-plays to develop a robust understanding of the principles of IPT and confidence in skills.
Each day will run from 9.30 a.m. - 4.30 p.m.
Students are required to meet the following criteria:
Previous training in IPT is not required. Applicants may have already completed an introductory IPT course, and will find some aspects of this course a useful reminder of basic concepts. However, the content has a strong developmental focus in both its theoretical approach and its translation into practice, and therefore provides a different type of training to standard IPT courses.
This article was published on Oct 21, 2013