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PSME427 Interpersonal Psychotherapy

Outlines the processes involved in establishing interpersonal psychotherapy into a mental health service, allowing individuals to gain an advanced knowledge of the theory and skills of interpersonal psychotherapy.

Graduates who have completed this paper will have a qualification as a competent interpersonal psychotherapy practitioner. This is a very useful and advantageous competency when seeking employment for/or advancing work in a health care setting. This can also be used as the foundation for training as a supervisor of this therapy, another useful clinical skill of interest to health employees. It may also be used within a research environment.

Paper title Interpersonal Psychotherapy
Paper code PSME427
Subject Psychological Medicine
EFTS 0.5
Points 60 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2023 (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $6,037.50
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Limited to
MHealSc, PGDipHealSc, PGCertHealSc

Suitable for registered health practitioners with at least two years' experience. Applicants must be working in a setting with a mental health component (this can include a DHB, NGO, or Primary health practice). Applicants should have an awareness of psychological therapies and be able to access and include suitable Interpersonal Psychotherapy clients into their workload. As there is a clinical component to this course, there is an interview process as well. If successful, you will then be invited to continue with formal enrolment.


Teaching staff

Department of Psychological Medicine

Teaching Arrangements

Four 3-day block compulsory workshops in Christchurch over a full academic year. Attendance at block courses is compulsory.

There will also be 17 group supervision sessions of three hours' duration. A logbook will be used to document skills.

Textbooks are not required for this paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Critical thinking, Ethics.
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Learning Outcomes

After successfully completing the paper a student should:

  • Have an understanding of the basic principles, practice and research of IPT
  • Have a basic understanding of the ethical and legal issues related to IPT
  • Demonstrate effective communication and liaison with others using an IPT model
  • Develop and become proficient at 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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Not offered in 2023

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