27th May 2020 28th May 2020


The Kantor Centre of Excellence, 4 - 8 Rodney Street, London, N1 9JH Map
1.5 days
14:00 - 17:00 on the first day, 09:00 - 17:00 on the second day




About this course

Group IPT is an evidence-based treatment for depression, bulimia, binge-eating, and other disorders. It has been tested for feasibility, acceptability, effectiveness, and sustainability in low-income settings in a number of landmark randomized controlled trials. On the World Mental Health Day (October 10th) 2016, the WHO launched a global dissemination of the Group IPT Manual: http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/250219/1/WHO-MSD-MER-16.4-eng.pdf. The authors of the manual are Lena Verdeli, Myrna Weissman, and Kathy Clougherty. The manual has since been translated in Russian, Chinese, and Arabic.

To share knowledge and build global capacity in IPT, Lena Verdeli, Ph.D, MSc, director of the Global Mental Health Lab at Teachers College, Columbia University is offering a 3-day training workshop and seminar on the WHO Group IPT manual. A Certificate of Attendance will be provided upon completion of the workshop and seminar.

This meeting is funded by Global Challenges Research Fund, Economic and Social Research Council, United Kingdom (GCRF, ESRC), as part of the “Research for Health in Conflict: developing capability, partnerships and research in Middle and Near East (R4HC-MENA)” project.


27th May 2020

14:00 - 15:30 Cultural Adaptations of IPT and Group IPT

15:30 -17:00 Model of Training and Capacity-Building in Group IPT: selection of providers and supervisors; training benchmarks; training tools; monitoring and evaluation of outcomes

28th May 2020 

09:00 - 13:00 Implementation in community and primary care

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch 

14:00 - 16:00 Implementation Challenges: management of suicidality; drop-outs; comorbidities (PTSD/anxiety; substance use); non-responders; low buy-in from organizations; brain-drain and other workforce challenges

16:00 - 17:00 Maximizing Sustainability: relationships with Ministry of Health; aligning with Sustainable Development Goals; funding

Aims of the seminar 

The seminar aims to build and share knowledge on how Group IPT is adapted and implemented in low-resource settings for persons affected by extreme adversities.


This is a 1.5-day on-line training seminar on the World Health Organization (WHO)-recommended version of Group IPT for low resource settings and displaced populations. It will be a discussion-based seminar addressing implementation of Group-IPT in community and primary care settings within different cultural contexts and patient populations.

We are also offering a 1.5-day workshop before this seminar, please see here for further information.

Who is the seminar suitable for

The seminar is designed for researchers, and mental health program implementers of IPT.