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(p. 9) IPT-AST Overview 

(p. 9) IPT-AST Overview
(p. 9) IPT-AST Overview

Jami F. Young

, Laura Mufson

, and Christie M. Schueler

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date: 21 March 2019

Interpersonal Psychotherapy–Adolescent Skills Training (IPT-AST) is an adolescent depression prevention program that teaches communication and interpersonal problem-solving skills to improve relationships. IPT-AST is rooted in the theory that depression occurs in an interpersonal context. This primarily group-based intervention helps adolescents learn ways to resolve conflicts, negotiate with others, and strengthen important relationships. This chapter describes the theoretical basis, key components, and structure of this intervention. In addition, there is a discussion of the leader’s role in implementing the program.

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