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(p. 70) IPT-AST Middle Phase 

(p. 70) IPT-AST Middle Phase
(p. 70) IPT-AST Middle Phase

Jami F. Young

, Laura Mufson

, and Christie M. Schueler

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date: 26 March 2019

In the middle phase of Interpersonal Psychotherapy–Adolescent Skills Training (IPT-AST) (sessions 4–6), adolescents practice applying communication strategies to specific situations that are important to them. Sessions focus on helping adolescents work on their interpersonal goals by planning and practicing conversations using the interpersonal skills they learned during the initial phase. Communication analysis, decision analysis, application of the communication strategies, scripting, and role-playing are used to facilitate the work in middle phase. The situations of each adolescent are connected to those of others in the group, pointing out when particular strategies may be applicable in different situations and for different interpersonal goals. This chapter describes how to implement the middle phase of this depression prevention program.

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