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Postgraduate Course: Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) - Level B (CLPS11069)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryIPT is an evidence-based safe and effective therapy for depression and related disorders in adolescents and adults. This course will focus on the development of clinical skills through practice and clinical supervision. Students will develop therapeutic skills specific to Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) through a supervised placement and regular contact days with the university. At the end of the course, students will be qualified to practice IPT as a practitioner (Level B). The course forms part of the MSc in Psychological Therapies and students have a range of options for continuing their studies on completion of this course. Due to the practice-based elements and supervision requirements of this course, the course is delivered over one year.

Course description The course provides supervised practice of IPT in line with IPT-UK Level B requirements. Through a combination of placement-based supervision, clinical practice, independent study and university/online-based contact days where workshops and groups supervision will be used, students will develop proficiency in assessing, formulating and intervening with psychological difficulties using Interpersonal Psychotherapy.

Participants are required to have access to a minimum of four completed clinical cases for the duration of the course which are suitable for the purposes of training in IPT, and with whom the student is undertaking IPT interventions. Participants should aim to work with clients presenting with moderate to severe depression, two of which will be presented as a formal case studies at the end of the course. Cases presented at the end of the course must be cases for which the student received supervision from the course-approved supervisors and in which they directly administered treatment. The student will also provide taped evidence of clinical work which will be submitted alongside a further case report, and used in clinical supervision.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2019/20, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Course Start Date 16/09/2019
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Lecture Hours 60, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 82, Other Study Hours 250, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 0 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) Independent study: 250 hours, which will include reading, assignment preparation
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 1. 2 case studies of about 3,000 words (+/- 10%) (60%)
2. Submission of an audio recording with an associated reflective case report of around 3000 words (40%)
3. Supervision Log demonstrating that the following has been achieved (pass/fail):
a. Minimum 60 hours direct clinical contact.
b. Minimum 4 patients have been engaged in treatment across all three phases (all for a minimum of ten individual weekly sessions with the young person and three additional parent/carer sessions, where they agree to attend)
c. Minimum 80% supervision attendance
4. Foundation level competency has been achieved as assessed by supervisor (pass/fail)
Feedback Taped sessions brought to supervisor at three time points per case (beginning, middle and end) - timing dictated by progress of case - and assessed using IPT-UK assessment forms.

Taped extracts brought to classroom contact days for qualitative feedback.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Be proficient in conducting a thorough psychological assessment of psychological difficulties via the use of self/parental/other report, observations and interview methods.
  2. Demonstrate a critical awareness of and proficiency in conceptualising and formulating an individual's clinical presentation in an interpersonal perspective.
  3. Demonstrate a critical awareness of, and proficiency in the application of the most commonly used techniques associated with IPT.
  4. Demonstrate expanded and reflective knowledge and skills of interpersonal psychotherapy.
Reading List
Essential reading
Mufson L, Pollack Dorta K, Moreau D & Weissman M M (2004) Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Depressed Adolescents (2nd edn), New York: Guilford Press
Weissman M, Markowitz J & Klerman G (2000) Comprehensive Guide to Interpersonal Psychotherapy, New York Basic Books
Recommended reading
Stuart S & Robertson M (2012) Interpersonal Psychotherapy: A Clinicians Giude, Second Edition, CRC Press
Law R (2013) Defeating Depression: How to use the people in your life to open the door to recovery, Robinson
Markowitz J & Weissman M (2012) Casebook of Interpersonal Psychotherapy, OUP USA
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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