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Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) Training

Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) is a treatment for depression in adults, adolescents, and pre-adolescents recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) is based on the idea that depression responds to and influences what happens in our relationships.

Just as relationship difficulties can lower our mood, meaningful and supportive relationships can help us to feel better. Anna Freud offers Interpersonal Psychotherapy Treatment for Adolescents and Family Based Interpersonal Psychotherapy and we also have several training options for professionals.

IPT has two simple aims:

  • To reduce the impact of symptoms of depression and;

  • To resolve current relationship difficulties.

IPT organises therapy around commonly experienced relationship difficulties, described as focal areas. These are disputes in an important relationship, adjusting to significant changes, bereavement and difficulty making and maintaining meaningful relationships.

Many people experience more than one of these difficulties but having a focus can help to contain the work and give it clear direction. Goals that are linked to the focal area are agreed and this helps to personalise this process for each person.

Find out more about IPT from our course lead, Dr Roslyn Law, in the videos below.

In this video, Dr Roslyn Law talks about the IPT course, the application process and Talking Therapies.

Practitioner training

Supervisor training

  • IPT Supervisor Training

    The course aims to develop advanced skills in group and individual supervision of IPT practice. 

Specialist training for IPT Practitioners

Refresher and CPD training for IPT Practitioners

  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy Training (IPT) Refresher

    The clinically focused workshop will provide a refresher for recently trained IPT therapists and will focus on how to implement the key objectives of the IPT model in routine practice.

  • Mentalization Skills in Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)

    This workshop is aimed at IPT practitioners and supervisors with an interest in exploring and consolidating their use of Mentalization techniques in IPT.

Refresher and CPD training for IPT Supervisors

  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy Training (IPT) - Supervising the Supervisor

    This workshop will provide training for accredited IPT supervisors who wish to work with trainees working to an advanced level of practice and/or who are completing training as IPT super...

  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy Training (IPT) - Supervising Perinatal

    The one day course will highlight relevant perinatal IPT evidence and key additional issues to be considered when supervising trainee working in specialist perinatal services.

  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy Training (IPT) Supervisor - Refresher day

    Learn more about our Interpersonal Psychotherapy Training (IPT) Supervisor refresher day.