19th October 2020 22nd October 2020


Online (joining instructions will be shared with registrants close to the event)
4 half days
13:00 - 17:00 (UK time)




Free places for accredited IPT-A practitioners employed in CAMHS services in London and South East

Places available

About this course

Interpersonal Psychotherapy – Adolescent Skills Training (IPT-AST) is a group-based, preventive intervention for adolescent depression that can be delivered in a variety of settings. IPT-AST is based on interpersonal psychotherapy, an evidence-based treatment for adolescent and adult depression.

Who is the course suitable for?

This course is suitable for clinicians who have completed training in IPT-A and who are interested in delivering this group prevention program.

Funded places available

There are fully funded places available for accredited IPT-A therapists who have potential to deliver an IPT-AST group in their current work setting. This is open to CAMHS practitioners employed in services based in London or South East. Limited places for those based in other areas across England are also available. If you meet these criteria, please book a place.

Please note that bookings made be those who do not meet the criteria will be cancelled. 


IPT-AST consists of one or two individual pre-group sessions; eight group sessions; and an individual mid-group session. The focus of the intervention is on teaching communication skills and interpersonal problem-solving strategies to improve relationships and prevent the development of depression. Components of IPT-AST include psychoeducation regarding depression and the link between feelings and interpersonal events and interpersonal skill building to address interpersonal difficulties. Goals include reducing depressive symptoms, improving interpersonal functioning, preventing the occurrence of depressive disorders, and giving group members a positive experience with a psychosocial intervention.

The web-based training will provide participants with an overview of the structure of IPT-AST, training in key IPT-AST techniques (interpersonal inventory, interpersonal goal setting, communication analysis, interpersonal skill building, and role playing), and practice implementing IPT-AST individual and group sessions.

Aims of the course

  • Gain advance knowledge of IPT-AST, including session format and key intervention techniques
  • Practice key IPT-AST techniques and receive feedback from the training director on the implementation of these techniques
  • Discuss aspects related to the implementation of IPT-AST in schools and other settings

System requirements for online training

The online platform Zoom will be used to deliver this training. Prior to booking on, please ensure you meet the system requirements so you're able to join this training. 

Before the training, please test your equipment is working by going to Zoom.us/test and follow the instructions.