Adult IAPT Additional Modalities for Depression Supplementary Programme

Refresher Day for IPT Therapists

Dr Roslyn Law, Chair of IPTUK, National Lead for IPT in IAPT, IPT Course Director, Anna Freud Centre

Monday, 21 November 2022


IPT is a treatment for depression in adults, adolescents, and pre-adolescents recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). This therapy is based on the idea that depression responds to and influences what happens in our relationships. Just as relationship difficulties can lower our mood, so meaningful and supportive relationships can help us to feel better. 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.

The event will be equivalent to 5.1/2hrs of CPD.


This clinically focused workshop will provide a refresher for experienced and recently trained IPT therapists and will focus on how to implement the key objectives of the IPT model in routine practice. During this day we will give particular attention to key issues that are often difficult for therapists to feel confident in during initial casework, such as collaborative assessment, finding a focus and formulating the problem and understanding the difference, working within and across relationship difficulties in role disputes and role sensitivities, engaging in flexible practice while staying within the model and conducting informed practice on the edges of the evidence base.

Learning Objectives

1. Participants will be able implement assessment tasks with collaboration as a key objective
2. Participants will be able to adopt ‘not knowing’ as a key skill in identifying a focus with the person in therapy
3. Participants will be able to be able to explain the rationale for Disputes work within a relationship and Sensitivities work across relationships
4. Participants will be able to map out recurring patterns as an essential anchor point for working with the Sensitivities focus
5. Participants will understand and be guided by the risks of skills training with neurodivergent people

Training Modalities

Didactic content Q&A, videos, experiential components, polls.

Key References

Cooper, M. & Law, R. (2018). Working with goals in Psychotherapy and Counselling. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Law, R. (2013). Defeating Depression. London: Robinson.
Law, R,, Ravitz, P., Pain, C. & Fonagy P. (2022). Interpersonal Psychotherapy and Mentalizing – Synergies in Clinical Practice. The American Journal of Psychotherapy. Published Online: 2 Mar 2022

About the presenter

Dr Roslyn Law is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Chair of IPTUK, Honorary Senior Lecture at UCL, and National Lead for IPT in IAPT. Dr Law was the author of the IAPT Curricula for IPT practitioner and supervisor training and a member of the Expert Reference Group that developed the statement on IPT competencies. Dr Law has used IPT in a number of clinical and research settings, including primary care with anxiety and depression, and in specialist services for eating disorders, post traumatic stress and sexual health. Dr Law was director of the IPT training course in Edinburgh for ten years and has been director of the IPT training at the Anna Freud Centre for four years. Both courses are accredited by IPTUK. Dr Law has provided practitioner and supervisor training in IPT across the UK, Ireland, Europe and North America. Dr Law is also a CAT practitioner and is trained in EMDR, Exposure therapy and CBT for trauma.

Who should attend

This one-day refresher workshop is suitable for those who have completed a five-day IPT practitioner training and are completing or have completed accreditation casework. The workshop is open to recently qualified and more experienced staff looking for a refresher.