The two-day Interpersonal Psychotherapy Level A Course is designed to instruct participants in the theory and practice of Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT). It will consist of didactic presentations and a review of the research evidence supporting IPT, followed by a multimedia presentation describing the use of IPT with patients. Interspersed in this section of the presentation will be videotapes of the course director and other experts conducting IPT with depressed individuals, as well as group discussion and role-playing.
The course is required for all certification in IPT.
The class is designed for mental health clinicians and students who are well acquainted with basic psychotherapy principles, such as the ability to effectively engage patients, to formulate cases, and to use specific psychotherapy techniques.
At the end of this course, participants should be able to:
- Identify the basic principles of IPT
- Apply culturally competent principles to the conduct of IPT
- Utilise IPT within a recovery from depression model of care
- Summarise the research literature regarding IPT
- Treat patients using IPT principles
- Identify patients for whom IPT would be an appropriate treatment
- Conduct an Interpersonal Inventory
- Create an Interpersonal Formulation and Summary
- Describe the Biopsychosocial / Cultural / Spiritual model
- Collect an Interpersonal Incident
- Conduct a Role Play
- Create an Interpersonal Dispute Graph
- Create a Transition Timeline
- Describe the conclusion of IPT and maintenance treatment
- Describe the four Attachment Styles used in IPT
- Describe the three IPT Problem Areas and strategies for addressing them.
About the Instructor
Dr Scott Stuart is a psychiatrist and a Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology in the Departments of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Iowa (USA). He has been active in clinical work, education and research in the areas of Interpersonal Psychotherapy and perinatal psychiatry during the last two decades.
Dr Stuart completed his medical training at the University of Kansas, followed by his internship at the University of Pittsburgh. He has received several teaching awards, including the John Clancy Teacher of the Year Award (Department of Psychiatry of the University of Iowa).
Dr Stuart is the Founder and Director of the Interpersonal Psychotherapy Institute. He has also authored a number of articles on IPT, and is the co-author of Interpersonal Psychotherapy: A Clinician’s Guide (2nd ed), as well as upcoming books on IPT for adolescents and for groups. He has been conducting workshops and training in IPT internationally for over 20 years.