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Postgraduate Course: Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) - Level A (CLPS11064)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course aims to equip clinicians working in the NHS with an understanding of the psychological models and scientific principles underlying interpersonal psychotherapy, and the application of these in practice with a variety of presenting problems and groups.

The course provides introductory training for practitioners in IPT and reflects the IPT competency framework. This course is accredited with IPT-UK. This course qualifies participants for Level A (Basic) training in IPT.

Course description Interpersonal 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.

The course will consist of a mix of lectures and seminars supplemented by online discussions.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesThe programme entry requirements must be met in all circumstances. However, the requirements for a placement and supervisor may be waived for this course only.

This course is only available on a for-credit basis.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  40
Course Start Semester 1
Course Start Date 17/09/2018
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 40, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 156 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 1 case conceptualisation of 4,000 words (100%)
Feedback The formative assessment and associated preparation will be timetabled in to the teaching week. Participants will be asked as a group to work together to prepare an informal poster presentation (20 minutes maximum, inclusive of questions) to the rest of the class detailing specific adaptations to the IPT model based on presentations (e.g. adolescent, older adult, bipolar, eating disorders) and the associated research base and clinical guidance. Verbal feedback will be given immediately via peers and course staff.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Students will be expected to develop an advanced understanding of the theory related to the practice of interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT).
  2. Students will be expected to demonstrate a full, critical and integrated understanding of the psychological theories that underlie effective IPT interventions as these are applied to some of the most common mental health problems.
  3. Students will be expected to develop a critical understanding of the therapeutic parameters relevant to an interpersonal perspective.
  4. Students will be expected to demonstrate proficiency in conceptualising and formulating an individual┐s clinical presentation in an interpersonal perspective.
  5. Students will be expected to demonstrate expanded and reflective knowledge and skills of interpersonal psychotherapy in reference to common mental health disorders.
Reading List
Robertson M & Stuart S (2003) Interpersonal Psychotherapy: A Clinician's Guide, Oxford University Press
Klerman G L & Weissman M M (Eds) (1993) New Applications of Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Danvers MA: American Psychiatric Press Inc
Mufson L, Pollack Dorta K, Moreau, D & Weissman M M (2004), Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Depressed Adolescents (2nd edn) New York: Guilford Press

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills * Research and enquiry skills, including evaluation and critical analysis
* Personal and intellectual autonomy skills, including accountability and working with others
* Technical and practical skills
* Communication, numeracy and IT skills
KeywordsIPT,therapy training,practitioner,mental health
Course organiserDr Fiona Duffy
Tel: (0131 6)51 3935
Course secretaryMrs Clara Shaw
Tel: (0131 6)50 3037
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