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(p. 141) Session 5: Formulating the Problem Area 

(p. 141) Session 5: Formulating the Problem Area
(p. 141) Session 5: Formulating the Problem Area

Laura J. Dietz

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date: 28 September 2020

Chapter 9 of Family-based Interpersonal Psychotherapy (FB-IPT) for Depressed Preadolescents concludes the initial phase of family-based interpersonal therapy (FB-IPT). In this fifth session, the therapist presents the formulation of the problem area; elicits feedback from the preadolescent and parent; and makes sure that the therapist, preadolescent, and parent are all working from a common understanding of the child’s depression. The therapist introduces the treatment contract and clarifies how the problem area will be addressed in the middle phase of FB-IPT. This session concludes with a discussion of new communication skills and problem-solving strategies that will be introduced to both the preadolescent and the parent in ensuing sessions.

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