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Interpersonal Psychotherapy Training (IPT) - Perinatal

This six-day course provides introductory training for practitioners working in perinatal specialist services in Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT).

About this training

Perinatal depression is common, with adverse effects identified for the mother, infant and wider social system. The perinatal period is associated with reluctance to use medical treatments and a preference for talking therapy. Lack of perceived support from significant others, particularly a spouse or partner has been identified as significant contextual factor (O’Hara & Swain, 1996), and an interpersonal approach to treatment and prevention of antenatal and postnatal depression, therefore, may be not only judicious, but also critical.

This course is designed for practitioners working in perinatal specialist services and is the first step to becoming an IPT practitioner. The course reflects the IPT competency framework, and the trainers are accredited with IPTUK, the national organisation overseeing IPT training.

Two of the trainers are perinatal leads working in specialist services and the third has conducted specialist IPT training and research with perinatal practitioners. Standard IPT practitioner training has been adapted to reflect the evidence based for IPT used perinatally, collected over more than 20 years, and the specific challenges of perinatal care. The course is delivered through a mix of didactic sessions, small and large group work and clinical examples and role play.

Aims of this training

The five day course aims to:

  • Provide experienced mental health professionals with an introduction to the IPT model and its use within perinatal specialist services.

  • Cover the knowledge competencies for IPT with depression and an introduction to the skills competencies, which will be developed more fully in supervised clinical casework. 

Who is this training for?

This training is open to those working in Perinatal Specialist Services. Places are initially only open to those who have been allocated a funded place by NHSE. Please complete the application process detailed below. 

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