Depression affects about 121 million people worldwide. Approximately 25% of MDD patients experience chronic, unremitting occurrences, requiring long-term treatment. MDD accounts for up to 60% of psychiatric hospitalizations, and up to 15% of these patients commit suicide.
View videos featuring Scott Stuart, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry and IPT expert, explaining and modeling the fundamentals of IPT. Experience interactive exercises and corrective guidance as you work with virtual clients.
Learn how to target and address clients’ problem areas while considering their social support and vulnerability factors. Explore the theory, targets, and techniques of IPT as well as the research supporting the efficacy of the treatment.
Apply Your Skills
Apply this principle-based approach to a variety of treatments and access 16 printable resource documents. Work collaboratively with clients as you assess, treat, and provide maintenance treatment within the structure of IPT.
This course is designed for a diverse audience, from students with limited clinical training enrolled in advanced degree mental health training programs to M.D.s and Ph.D.s with extensive training and supervision in IPT. This course will translate well for anyone who treats clients with depression, including psychiatrists and psychologists, as well as master’s level social workers and counselors. In addition, primary care physicians and nurses will find the course helpful in their clinical work.
- Name the targets, tactics, and techniques of IPT.
- Describe the overall structure of IPT: Describe the assessment phase and its components, the middle phase of IPT and its components, and the conclusion of acute treatment and its goals.
- Recognize the importance of the therapeutic alliance within IPT and describe the Interpersonal Triad. Demonstrate providing psychoeducation and orienting a client to IPT.
- Describe the four attachment styles, their relevance and impact in IPT, and ways of assessing client attachment style. Demonstrate assessing attachment and communicating attachment style to a client.
- Recognize the interpersonal circle and how to use this to create the interpersonal inventory. Demonstrate constructing an interpersonal inventory with a client.
- Name and describe the three IPT problem areas and explain the purpose of problem areas within IPT. Select the appropriate problem area(s) for a typical client.
- Describe, explain, and construct the interpersonal formulation with a client.
- Describe the factors that determine the treatment plan and explain the relevance of treatment planning within IPT. Create a treatment plan for a client and share it with a client.
- Demonstrate how to conduct the middle phase of IPT with a client. Define, recognize, and demonstrate the use of necessary techniques (content vs. process affect, use of an interpersonal incident, use of communication analysis, problem solving, role playing, and assigning homework) with an IPT client throughout the course of therapy. Identify common mistakes made when using each technique.
- Demonstrate how to conclude therapy with an IPT client and identify common mistakes when concluding therapy.
- Manage difficult moments in IPT.
“Excellent program. I have tried to learn IPT on many occasions – this is the best course that I have taken. In particular, I like that it is compared and contrasted to other psychotherapies while at the same time acknowledging that some of the techniques (Interpersonal Circles / BPS Formulation) could be excellent tools in other types of therapy.”
Psychiatrist (M.D.) | Ontario, Canada
“The course became progressively more challenging. Each layer served as a foundation and bridge for subsequent sections. The similarities and contrasts of session exercises, expert videos, and PDF attachments engaged all styles of learning. I truly enjoyed the course.”
Social Worker (MSW) | Hartford, Connecticut
“I very much enjoyed watching the role-plays between the therapist and client. I found it engaging and enjoyed the topics.”
Psychiatrist (M.D.) | Stanford, California
“[The breakdown and flow had] a lot of information. Being able to move back and forth and review slides was helpful for me to review the material. It made sense to me.”
Social Worker (MSW) | River Forest, Illinois
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About the Developers
Linda Dimeff, Ph.D., Jake Zavertnik, and Kelly Chrestman, Ph.D., from Behavioral Tech Research
Marsha Linehan, Ph.D., ABPP
Linda Dimeff, Ph.D.
Scott Stuart, M.D.