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Interpersonal Therapy for Depression Refresher Day

Roslyn Law

15 Jan 2024


It is 40 years since Klerman and Weissman (1984) published the first Interpersonal Psychotherapy manual and subjected the approach to empirical investigation. Where has it gone since then and what have we learnt from its journey? IPT is now an evidence based, relational intervention for many forms of emotional distress across the lifespan and covering multiple clinical presentations. From its origins as an individual therapy for working age adults experiencing depression, it has evolved to intervene with the aims of prevention, treatment, and maintenance of wellbeing from the perinatal period to old age.  It has global application and is used in community, school, mental and physical health settings. Does this suggest it is an, “infinitely adaptable”, (Frank et al, 2014) approach and if so, should we be thinking of it as a transdiagnostic approach rather than in diagnostic silos?  What is the relative significance of the common factors embedded in this approach and the specific strategies that characterise IPT?  Where should we focus to enhance outcomes and extend its reach?

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


This clinically and practically focused workshop will review learning shared in the forthcoming open access IPT Manual: IPT – A Global Reach, Weissman & Mootz (Eds) (in press). As IPT enters its forties we will examine whether it is time for a mid-life crisis or to flourish with new confidence and greater reach then previously imagined. As with any relational approach we will look beyond the bounds of the therapy itself to see what its network of overlapping research and theoretical companions have offered to its development. We will also look at who has been left behind or overlooked and who must be give a more central place in the IPT closeness circles if we are to remain safe, relevant, and useful to the full range people we work with. Participants will be asked to reflect on the patterns of success and challenge they experience in their own clinical practice and as such will be asked to bring details of IPT casework and outcomes over the last six months for individual review. Participants will also be asked to review their own outcomes and consider whether more experience has led these to improve or to plateau and what to do about that.

Learning Objectives

1. Participants will be able to use common factors literature to identify the core active components in IPT practice linked to improved outcomes
2. Participants will formulate areas for individual development by reflecting on patterns of success and challenge in their individual practice
3. Participants will be able to formulate targeted and specific CPD goals for their own clinical supervision
4. Participants will be able to conceptuualise the experience of neurodivergent individuals through a trauma and stigma lens rather than with reference to a deficits framework

Training Modalities

Didactic content, Q&A, and other methods may include: video/live role play, experiential components, polls.

Key References

Wampold, B.E. (2015) How important are the common factors in psychotherapy? An update. World Psychiatry, 14:270–277.

Weissman, M.M., Mootz, J (in press) IPT - A Global Reach. Oxford University Press (Pubs)

Pavlopoulou G., Crane L., Hurn R., Milton D. (Eds) (in press). ‘Improving Access to Mental Health Therapies for Autistic Children and Young People: Promoting Self-agency, Curiosity, and Collaboration’ Routledge (Pubs)

Person A & Rose K (2021) A Conceptual Analysis of Autistic Masking: Understanding the Narrative of Stigma and the Illusion of Choice. Autism in Adulthood, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp 1-9.

About the presenter

Dr Roslyn Law is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, IPT Lead at Anna Freud and Honorary Senior Lecture at UCL. Dr Law is the author two public facing books on IPT – Defeating Depression (2013) and Defeating Teenage Depression (2016) and is currently writing a third. She has contributed four chapters to the forthcoming IPT manual, IPT-A Global Reach, Weissman & Mootz (Eds) (in press) written in collaboration with colleagues in Scotland, Finland and Ukraine, and has co-authored a chapter with Kieran Rose on When Helping Professional Hurt in the forthcoming book, “Improving Access to Mental Health Therapies for Autistic Children and Young People: Promoting Self-agency, Curiosity, and Collaboration. Pavlopoulou, Crane, Hurn & Milton (Eds) (in press).

Who should attend

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

Low Intensity clinical contact hours survey - BABCP Low Intensity Special Interest Group

Please click below if you are interested in contributing to the survey.


The BACP Low Intensity SIG are interested in the impact of clinical contact hours on Low Intensity/Wellbeing Practitioner wellbeing. This questionnaire contains six multi-choice questions and a free text box for you to share your experiences. The answers to these questions will help the BABCP SIG plan how to meet CPD topics and other developments within the SIG.  The SIG hope to produce a write up of the answers to this questionnaire to be shared with SIG members and to be used in training.

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This FREE conference is for Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners working in Talking Therapies for Anxiety and Depression services and is brought to you by Bespoke Mental Health in collaboration with the NHS England Talking Therapies National PWP Leads Network

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