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Postgraduate Course: Interpersonal Psychotherapy Adolescent (CLPS11031)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaClinical Psychology Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionInterpersonal Psychotherapy provides a pragmatic, time-limited and focused approach to the treatment of major depression. It is modest in its use of psychotherapy jargon and promotes attention to the relationship-based issues, which are central to the experience of many depressed patients. The treatment does not become entangled in questions of causation, acknowledging the capacity for depression to both precipitate and reflect interpersonal change and difficulty. Instead, it attends to difficulties arising in the daily experience of maintaining relationships and resolving difficulties while suffering an episode of major depression. The fundamental clinical task of IPT is to help patients to learn to link mood with interpersonal contacts, and to recognise that, by appropriately addressing interpersonal situations, they may simultaneously improve both their relationships and depressive state.

IPT strategies reflect a bias of attention towards the social world of the patient, while the techniques employed are common to many forms of psychotherapy. IPT assumes a common experience among depressed patients, manifest in their social withdrawal, and declining expectations and performance across work, social and family domains as they are increasingly burdened by the emotional, cognitive and physical changes associated with a major depressive episode.

This course aims to equip child and adolescent mental health professionals working in the NHS with an understanding of the psychological models and scientific principles underlying interpersonal psychotherapy with young people, and the application of these in practice with a variety of presenting problems and groups.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?No
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  20
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 22/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Placement Study Abroad Hours 36, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 160 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
* Students will develop an advanced understanding of the theory related to the practice of interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT)
* Demonstrate a full, critical and integrated understanding of the developmental and psychological theories that underlie effective IPT interventions as these are applied to some of the most common problems of adolescents.
* Students will develop a critical understanding of the therapeutic parameters relevant to an interpersonal perspective
* Demonstrate proficiency in conceptualising and formulating an individual's clinical presentation in an interpersonal perspective.
* Students will demonstrate expanded and reflective knowledge and skills of interpersonal psychotherapy in reference to common disorders in adolescence and early adulthood.
Assessment Information
One case conceptualisation of 4000-5000 words (100%)
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Course organiserMr Matthias Schwannauer
Tel: (0131 6)51 3954
Course secretaryMrs Lorna Sheal
Tel: (0131 6)51 3970
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