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Interpersonal Psychotherapy 2-Day Basics & Beyond Workshop 2-3 July Auckland


Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) is a semi-structured, time-limited therapy with demonstrated efficacy for a range of conditions including Depression and Bulimia.

IPT was developed in the late 1970s as a brief structured psychological treatment for Depression. It later rose to prominence when it compared favourably to CBT and Medication in the NIMH Treatment of Depression study conducted in the mid 1980s. The efficacy of IPT as a treatment alternative or adjunct to other approaches has since been confirmed in numerous studies leading to IPT being included in government funded programs in Australia and the UK. Despite these developments, many practitioners within Australia and New Zealand have received little exposure to IPT education and training. IPT does not engage the client at the level of symptom formation but rather helps to reduce psychological stress by intervention in psychosocial function. IPT therefore targets four problem areas: Role Transitions, Grief, Interpersonal Disputes and Interpersonal Deficits/Sensitivity. IPT is grounded in attachment and communication theories and uses a number of key techniques including communication analysis, role playing and processing of affect.

This presentation will review the basic components of IPT and will highlight its relevance to a range of disorders especially depression. For practitioners with specialisations in other therapies, IPT can be a useful alternative or adjunct to your current practice. Practitioners using other approaches find the emphasis on attachment and process affect to be particularly informative. The workshop will provide an overview of the theory, structure, evidence base and clinical application for IPT. Case studies and role plays will be utilised to enhance participants’ understanding of the application of IPT.

Click here for registration details for the Auckland event.

For further information on IPT and Paul Rushton visit www.interpersonalpsychotherapy.org

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