Clinical Psychology

Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) – Level B

This course provides a supervised practice placement supported by teaching days.

Course dates

17th - 21st September 2018

4th October 2018

7th February 2019

Course credits 40
Course delivery Workshops 
Academic co-ordinator Dr Fiona Duffy

Course description

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Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) is an effective, evidence-based therapy for depression and related disorders in adolescents and adults.  It addresses problems arising in maintaining personal relationships and resolving difficulties while suffering an episode of major depression.  The fundamental clinical task of IPT is to help patients link mood with interpersonal contacts and by appropriately addressing interpersonal situations, patients may simultaneously improve both their relationships and depressive state.

This course is designed to support students in reaching IPT practitioner status.  It encompasses the 5 day accredited IPT training, which is shared teaching with level A candidates and supervised practice of 4 cases.  It is most appropriate for people who want to become an IPT practitioner but don’t have access to an IPT-UK accredited supervisor locally or those who have a health board supervisor in place but feel they would benefit from the added element of peer support and agreement of protected time from line manager for 1 year to support faster accreditation process.

Students will develop proficiency in assessing, formulating and intervening with psychological difficulties using IPT.  Therapeutic skills will be developed through a combination of placement-based supervision, clinical practice, independent study and University/online-based contact days.

The programme is accredited by IPT-UK.  On completion of the course, students may submit their assessment portfolio to IPT-UK for individual accreditation.

Supervised placement

The course provides supervised practice of IPT in line with IPT-UK Level B requirements.

Students are required to have access to a minimum of four completed clinical cases for the duration of the course.  These should meet clinical governance standards set out by the programme and be suitable for the purpose of training in IPT.

The University will assist in finding an appropriate IPT-UK accredited supervisor for candidates, but we cannot guarantee it and fees associated with private supervision will be £2500 on top of course fees.

Intended learning outcomes

  • Be proficient in conducting a thorough psychological assessment of psychological difficulties via the use self/parent/other report, observations and interview methods.
  • Demonstrate a critical awareness of, and proficiency in conceptualising and formulating an individual’s clinical presentation in an interpersonal perspective.
  • Demonstrate a critical awareness of, and proficiency in the application of the most commonly used techniques associated with IPT.
  • Demonstrate expanded and reflective knowledge and skills of interpersonal psychotherapy.

Course delivery and assessment

Due to the practice-based elements and supervision requirements of this course, it is delivered over Semesters 1 and 2 

Learning and teaching activities consist of approximately 50 placement hours, 30-40 supervision hours and 60 hours of classroom/online-based teaching spread over 9 day.  Approximately 6 hours of independent study per week is required which will include reading, assignment preparation, reviewing tapes, clinical work and supervision and preparing for teaching days.

Assessment methods reflect the focus on clinical competencies and practical application of skills, as well as ensuring the students meets the IPT-UK and IPT-Scotland accreditation standards.

All elements must be passed for students to pass the course:

  1. 2 Case studies (60%)
  2. Submission of an audio recording with an associated reflective case report (40%)
  3. Supervision Log (pass/fail)
  4. Foundation level competency has been achieved as assessed by supervisor (pass/fail)

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