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(p. 39) IPT-AST Initial Phase 

(p. 39) IPT-AST Initial Phase
(p. 39) IPT-AST Initial Phase

Jami F. Young

, Laura Mufson

, and Christie M. Schueler

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date: 21 March 2019

The initial phase (sessions 1–3) of Interpersonal Psychotherapy–Adolescent Skills Training (IPT-AST) provides an opportunity for group members to get to know each other and feel comfortable in the group setting. These sessions are educational in tone. In session 1, group members introduce themselves, establish group rules, learn about the purpose of the group, and talk about symptoms of depression and interpersonal issues that are common in adolescence. In session 2, the leader uses activities to illustrate issues in communication, and group members role-play hypothetical interpersonal situations to illustrate the technique of communication analysis. In session 3, the group leader teaches adolescents six communication strategies and continues to use hypothetical interpersonal situations to illustrate how these strategies can be used. This chapter describes how to implement the first three group sessions of this depression prevention program.

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