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(p. 24) IPT-AST Pre-Group Sessions 

(p. 24) IPT-AST Pre-Group Sessions
(p. 24) IPT-AST Pre-Group Sessions

Jami F. Young

, Laura Mufson

, and Christie M. Schueler

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date: 26 March 2019

Adolescents in Interpersonal Psychotherapy–Adolescent Skills Training (IPT-AST) participate in two individual pre-group sessions before the group begins. If two sessions are not feasible, a single 90-minute session can be offered. The goals of these sessions are to get to know the adolescent and build rapport; assess for depression symptoms over the past week; provide psychoeducation about depression; explain the structure of IPT-AST; conduct an interpersonal inventory of important relationships; and help the teen to set interpersonal goals for group. When possible, it is helpful for parents to attend the first pre-group session to learn about the program’s focus and structure. This chapter describes the structure and content of these pre-group sessions.

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