26th May 2020 27th May 2020


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


26th May 2020

09:00 - 10:00 Introduction to WHO Group IPT and mhGAP

10:00 - 12:00 Pre-group Phase

12:00 - 13:00 Initial Group Phase 

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch 

14:00 - 15:00 Techniques for the Middle Phase

15:00 - 17:00 Grief: tasks and strategies 

27th May 2020

09:00 - 12:00 Interpersonal Disputes; Role Transitions; Social Isolation: tasks and strategies 

12:00 - 13:00 Termination Phase

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch 

Aims of the workshop

The workshop aims to offer hands-on, interactive learning of the WHO Group IPT manual focused on the basic principles, strategies, and techniques of Group IPT for treatment of depression


This is a 1.5-day on-line training workshop on the World Health Organization (WHO)-recommended version of Group IPT for low resource settings and displaced populations. It will focus on familiarizing the participants with the WHO-disseminated Group IPT manual through didactic presentations, case studies, role-play and experiential exercises.

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

Who is the workshop suitable for

The workshop is designed for existing IPTUK providers and trainees.