Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) principles across steps 2 and 3 for PWPs

About this course

IAPT services operate within a stepped care model in which, in many cases, initial assessment is conducted by PWPs with a view to either providing step two interventions or referring on for step three interventions.

Training for PWPS is primarily CBT informed, and although information about the other IAPT modalities is provided during training, this is often difficult to utilize in practice.  This risks alternative evidence based and NICE recommended treatments being underused or only being offered to clients who do not respond to CBT, which does not facilitate client choice or maximise the contribution of a range of treatment approaches to client welfare.

The one day course will provide PWPs with an introduction to the Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) and Interpersonal Counselling (IPC) models and skills training in core assessment and formulation skills that can be used with clients with sub- threshold or mild depression.

This day will serve as a foundation for full IPC training, which is being planned in the context of a pilot RCT to evaluate the role of an IPC intervention at Step 2 in IAPT.

Who is this course suitable for?

PWPs working within an IAPT setting.

Applications are welcome from all PWPs, PWP supervisors and IPT supervisors.

Aims of course 

This course will:

  • Provide an overview of IPT and IPC evidence and practice to enhance case selection
  • Provide a framework for an interpersonally informed assessment and care pathway across steps 2 and 3
  • Provide practical and accessible training on key IPT and IPC assessment techniques for PWPs to use as part of a standard assessment