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Practitioner Training in Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Adolescents (IPT-A)

13th, 14th, 20th, 21st, 22nd April 2015 and 6th July 2015 at BPS Offices, Tabernacle Street, London

Please note, bookings for this event closed at 12.00pm on Friday 10th April 2015.

Please note this is a 5 day workshop held on 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st, 22nd April 2015 and a follow up day on 6th July 2015. To complete the workshop, attendance is required on all 6 days.

This five-day course (plus one follow up day) provides introductory training for practitioners in IPT-a and is based on the IPT competency framework ( This course is accredited with IPTUK. The course includes a series of didactic sessions, small and large group work and clinical role play. This course qualifies participants for Level A (Basic) training in IPT-A.

IPTUK accreditation as an IPT-A practitioner requires a additional period of supervised casework, which is not provided as part of this training event, but attendees can be directed to qualified supervisors to complete accreditation.

Aim of the Course

The five day course will provide experienced mental health professionals with an introduction to the IPT-A model. The course will cover the knowledge competencies for IPT-A with depression and an introduction to the skills competencies, which will be developed more fully in supervised clinical casework. The course covers the modifications of core IPT model for use with adolescent populations.

Learning outcomes and objectives

  • To develop critical knowledge of the theoretical origins and research literature relating to IPT-A for depression.
  • To develop practical skills in delivering IPT-A for depression in adolescents
  • To develop practical skills in conceptualising and formulating an individuals presentation from an interpersonal perspective and to develop a crucial understanding of the parameters of such an approach
  • To complete the requirements for Level A accreditation with IPTUK and as part completion of Level B (Practitioner) accreditation

Who is the course intended for?

Applicants should have a mental health qualification and at least two years post qualification experience of providing psychological therapy for young people with mental health problems. Applicants, who have completed two years full time training in delivering psychological therapies e.g. final year clinical psychology trainees, are also welcome to apply. Applicants with a range of training backgrounds are welcome e.g. clinical and counselling psychologists, counsellors, child psychotherapists, psychiatrists, nurse therapists and social workers. The course is not suitable for applicants who wish to acquire basic therapeutic skills.


The course provides the first stage in working towards becoming an IPTUK Accredited IPT-A Practitioner. Following attendance on the course those wishing to become IPT-A practitioners are required to undertake supervision with an IPTUK accredited Supervisor. Supervision must be arranged directly with the supervisor and will involve an additional fee. Supervision can be provided face to face or remotely e.g. telephone, Skype. Trainees can be directed to qualified supervisors across the IPTUK network.

Recommended reading

Cuijpers P. Geraedts AS. van Oppen P. Andersson G. Markowitz JC. van Straten A. American Journal of Psychiatry. 168(6):581-92, 2011 Jun. Interpersonal psychotherapy for depression: a meta-analysis.

Law, R (2013) Defeating Depression: How to use the people in your life to open the door to recovery (Constable & Robinson, London, Pubs)

Lipsitz J & Markowitz J (2013) Mechanisms of change in interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT). Clinical Psychology Review 33, 1134-1147.

Markowitz JC & Weissman MM (Eds) (2012) Casebook of Interpersonal Psychotherapy (OUP, New York, Pubs)

Mufson L et al (2004) Interpersonal Psychotherapy for depressed adolescents (2nd ed) (Guilford Press, New York, Pubs)

Weissman MM (2006) A Brief History of Interpersonal Psychotherapy. Psychiatric Annals, 36: 8, 552-557

Please note, bookings for this event closed at 12.00pm on Friday 10th April 2015.

If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 224507


Monday 13th April 2015

Please note, these are approximate timings for all 5 days.

10:00Workshop Commense
13:00Workshop Continues
16:30Workshop Close

Speakers and Facilitators

Dr Roslyn Law

Roslyn Law is a consultant clinical psychologist. She has worked in a number of clinical settings, including primary care and specialist psychotherapy services for eating disorders, post traumatic reactions and sexual health. She has been a director of IPT training for over 17 years and is Chair of IPTUK, the national professional organisation for IPT in the UK. She was the National Lead for IPT in the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme and is currently lead for IPT-A training at UCL and University of Reading as part of the CYP IAPT programme. She delivers training internationally and has supported the development of IPT training and services across the UK, Ireland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark.


BPS Offices, Tabernacle Street, London

The British Psychological Society, 30 Tabernacle Street, London, EC2A 4UE

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