Clinical Psychology

Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) - Level A

This five-day course provides introductory training for practitioners in IPT and reflects the IPT competency framework (see link below). It covers the theory and application of Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) including principles of assessment, diagnosis and treatment. This course is accredited with IPTUK and IPT Scotland. This course qualifies participants for Level A (Basic) training in IPT.

Course dates Monday 17th - Friday 21st September 2018 (9.30am - 5pm)
Course credits 20
Course delivery Workshops (5 full days)
Academic co-ordinator Dr Fiona Duffy

Course description

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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 five day course will provide experienced mental health professionals with an introduction to the IPT model. The course will cover the knowledge competencies for IPT with depression and an introduction to the skills competencies, which will can be developed more fully in supervised clinical casework. 

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.

Supervision

The course provides the first stage in working towards becoming an IPTUK  Accredited IPT Practitioner. Following attendance on the course those wishing to become IPT practitioners are required to undertake supervision with an accredited Supervisor. Supervision is not currently provided as part of this course.

Intended learning outcomes

  • Students will have an understanding of the psychological models and scientific principles underlying interpersonal psychotherapy
  • Students will be knowledgeable about the application of IPT theory and practice with a variety of presenting problems and groups

Course delivery and assessment

Each day runs from 9.30am to 5pm.

Assessment is normally one case conceptualisation of approximately 4000 words.

Additional entry requirements

Applicants should have a mental health qualification and at least two years post qualification experience of providing psychological therapy for people with mental health problems. Applicants, who have completed two years full time training in delivering psychological therapies e.g. final year clinical psychology trainees, are also welcome to apply. Applicants with a range of training backgrounds are welcome e.g. clinical and counselling psychologists, counsellors, psychotherapists, psychiatrists, nurse therapists, social workers, occupational therapists, and GP’s. The course is not suitable for applicants who wish to acquire basic therapeutic skills.

Other courses offered

Related links

Interpersonal Psychotherapy competency framework (external link)

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