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PSME425 Introduction to Interpersonal Psychotherapy

The principles and practice of interpersonal psychotherapy for depression. A critical understanding of the theory and development of this short-term psychotherapy.

Individuals who have a basic knowledge of this evidenced-based short-term psychotherapy will be able to apply this knowledge in a health care setting and improve outcomes for their patients. This can also be used as a foundation for learning practical skills and advancing to higher level study and research in this short-term therapy. This is attractive to health care employers who wish to support the advancement of clinical skills.

Paper title Introduction to Interpersonal Psychotherapy
Paper code PSME425
Subject Psychological Medicine
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2020
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,857.50
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $10,363.00

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Limited to
MHealSc, PGDipHealSc
Candidates must possess an appropriate health professional qualification and have at least two years postgraduate clinical experience.
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's content will include:
  • Basic knowledge of different interpersonal theories
  • The theory and application of interpersonal theories to the development of IPT
  • Understanding the approach to an interpersonal psychotherapy assessment process
  • Developing the ability to relate patient information to interpersonal theory, thus developing formulation of the presentation of a depressed patient with regard to interpersonal psychotherapy
  • Understanding of how patients present with the four problem areas described in IPT (interpersonal role disputes, interpersonal role transitions, grief, interpersonal skill deficits)
  • Understanding the approach to initiating sessions with a patient in IPT
  • Understanding the approach to ending sessions of IPT
Teaching Arrangements
Four 2-day compulsory workshops in Christchurch. Attendance at all block courses is compulsory.

Recommended reading:

  • Frank E: Treating Bipolar Disorder: A Clinician's Guide to Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy. New York: Guilford, 2005
  • Hovaguimian T, Markowitz JC: La Psychothérapie Interpersonnelle de la Dépression. Genève: Editions Médecine & Hygiène Société, 2002
  • Klerman GL, Weissman MM, Rounsaville BJ, Chevron ES: Interpersonal Psychotherapy of Depression. New York: Basic Books, 1984
  • Klerman GL, Weissman MM (Eds.): New Applications of Interpersonal Psychotherapy. Washington, D.C., American Psychiatric Press, 1993
  • Markowitz JC: Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Dysthymic Disorder. Washington, D.C., American Psychiatric Press, 1998
  • Markowitz JC (Editor): Interpersonal Psychotherapy. Review of Psychiatry series, Volume 17. Series Editors: Oldham JM, Riba MB. Washington, D.C.: American Psychiatric Press, 1998
  • Mufson L, Dorta KP, Moreau D, Weissman MM: Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Depressed Adolescents, second edition. New York: Guilford, 2004
  • Pergami A, Grassi L, Markowitz JC: Il Trattamento Psicologico della Depressione nell’Infezionee da HIV La Psicoterapia Interpersonale. Milan: Franco Angeli, 1999
  • Stuart S, Robertson M: Interpersonal Psychotherapy: A Clinician's Guide. London, Edward Arnold (Oxford University Press), 2003
  • Weissman MM, Markowitz JC, Klerman GL: Comprehensive Guide to Interpersonal Psychotherapy. New York: Basic Books, 2000
  • Weissman MM: Mastering Depression: A Patient Guide to Interpersonal Psychotherapy. Albany, N. Y, Graywind Publications, Inc. 1995, Currently available through The Psychological Corporation, Order Service Center, P. O. Box 839954, San Antonio, TX 78283-3954, Tel 1-800-228-0752, Fax 1-800-232-1223
  • Wilfley, DE, Mackenzie KR, Welch RR, Ayres VE, Weissman MM: Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Group. New York, NY: Basic Books, 2000
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Critical thinking.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
After successfully completing the paper a student should
  1. Have an understanding of the basic principles, practice and research of IPT
  2. Have a basic understanding of the ethical and legal issues related to IPT
  3. Demonstrate effective communication and liaison with others using an IPT model
  4. Develop and become proficient at critically analysing, interpreting data and problem solving
  5. 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