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(p. 3) The Interpersonal Psychotherapy Platform 

(p. 3) The Interpersonal Psychotherapy Platform
(p. 3) The Interpersonal Psychotherapy Platform

Myrna M. Weissman

, John C. Markowitz

, and Gerald L. Klerman

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date: 09 July 2020

This chapter introduces interpersonal psychotherapy, covers its increasing popularity, and defines the elements that make it unique. It discusses the extent to which IPT can be adapted for differing treatment populations, diagnostic groups, and treatment formats and still remain effective and authentic. The model described here has been the basis for the research that put IPT on the international map, and significantly altering that model would depart from the evidence base that gives it clinical validity. The techniques of IPT are outlined. Much of the work in IPT involves helping patients to see the relationship between environmental triggers and their symptoms, then encouraging them to find interpersonal responses to ameliorate the crisis. The chapter reviews the history, theory, and empirical basis of IPT. Highlighted are the extensive research trials that have confirmed the efficacy of this method of treatment.

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