Two days


About this course

This course will introduce attendees to Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy, an adaptation of IPT originally designed for the individual treatment of adult patients with bipolar I disorder in combination with pharmacotherapy.

Subsequently the model has been adapted to the individual treatment of adult patients with bipolar II disorder, with or without pharmacotherapy, as well as for adolescents with bipolar I or II disorder and for adolescents at risk for bipolar disorder.  The model combines classic IPT methods with a highly behavioural approach to regularizing patients’ daily routines (social rhythms) as a way of ameliorating current symptoms and preventing relapse.

The format will include didactic instruction and video-taped examples of IPSRT work, combined with participant role plays of various IPSRT strategies, tactics and techniques.

Who is this training suitable for? 

Mental health professionals with some experience in working with individuals with bipolar disorders.  Those who are already familiar with the basics of interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) and who have had some experience implementing IPT are likely to gain the most from the course since there will not be sufficient time to cover the principles, strategies and tactics of IPT itself in any great depth.

Aims of the training?

This training will provide participants with:                                                                          

  • An understanding of the theoretical rationale for IPSRT
  • An overview of how to implement IPSRT
  • Brief practice in some of the unique features of IPSRT
  • An overview of the empirical support for IPSRT, including what appear to be the relevant mechanisms of change.