Interpersonal Psychotherapy is an empirically validated treatment for a variety of psychiatric disorders. The evidence for IPT supports its use for a variety of affective disorders, anxiety disorders, and eating disorders, and for a wide range of patients from children and adolescents to the elderly.
IPT is recognised as an efficacious psychotherapy by the American Psychiatric Association, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence in the UK, and the International Cochrane Collaboration. It is also recognised by the Australian healthcare system. There are now over 250 empirical studies supporting the efficacy and effectiveness of IPT.
IPT is a time-limited psychotherapy that focuses on interpersonal issues, which are understood to be a factor in the genesis and maintenance of psychological distress. Interpersonal foci include grief and loss, interpersonal disputes, and role transitions, making IPT suitable for a wide range of problems. The targets of IPT are symptom resolution, improved interpersonal functioning, and increased social support. Typical courses of IPT range from 6-20 sessions with provision for maintenance treatment as necessary.
Watch an interview with internationally acclaimed IPT expert Professor Scott Stuart on a global look at interpersonal psychotherapy at the WorldCanvass 2013:
Want to learn more about Interpersonal Psychotherapy? Join us for a 2-day introductory training session at the University of Sydney on 6-7 March 2014 and learn how to conduct a course of IPT.
For more information, visit http://cce.sydney.edu.au/course/ipta or call +61 2 8999 9608.
Contact course coordinator Richard He if you have any questions.