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PSME426 Advanced Applications of Interpersonal Psychotherapy

Provides an understanding of the advanced use of interpersonal psychotherapy for depression and a critical understanding of how IPT has been developed for other disorders.

Individuals completing this paper will have a more in-depth knowledge of the practice of interpersonal psychotherapy across a range of disorders and clinical settings. They will be able to use this as a strong foundation for learning practical skills in interpersonal psychotherapy and apply this knowledge to future higher level research.

Paper title Advanced Applications of Interpersonal Psychotherapy
Paper code PSME426
Subject Psychological Medicine
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2020 (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,857.50
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $10,363.00

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Limited to
MHealSc, PGDipHealSc, PGCertHealSc
Candidates must possess an appropriate health professional qualification and have at least two years postgraduate clinical experience.
Suitable for individuals with a health background and experience of working with mental health disorders.
Judith Stone,
Teaching staff
Convenor: Associate Professor Sue Luty
Paper Structure
The paper includes:
  • An advanced understanding of IPT for depression
  • An understanding of how IPT has been developed for a number of other psychiatric disorders, including bipolar disorder and eating disorders
  • Anxiety disorders and interpersonal counselling for general practitioners
  • A comparison of other psychotherapies with interpersonal psychotherapy
  • An understanding of the different skills involved in applying interpersonal psychotherapy to other disorders
Teaching Arrangements
This paper is taught by four 2-day block courses in Christchurch. Attendance at all block courses is compulsory.
No specific textbooks are required, but students will be provided with a list of suggested readings, which are available from the library.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Critical thinking.
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Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will
  • Have an advanced knowledge of IPT for depression
  • Understand how IPT is used for difficult patients
  • Understand the application of IPT for other disorders
  • Understand the research development of IPT for other disorders
  • Further develop proficiency with critically analysing, interpreting data and problem solving
  • Be able to locate, organise, synthesise and apply information in order to understand the psychotherapy process in IPT

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Further Information

Judith Stone
Department of Psychological Medicine
University of Otago, Christchurch
PO Box 4345, Christchurch, New Zealand
Tel 64 3 372 6704

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Not offered in 2020

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system