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(p. 88) IPT Techniques and the Therapist’s Role 

(p. 88) IPT Techniques and the Therapist’s Role
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(p. 88) IPT Techniques and the Therapist’s Role
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Myrna M. Weissman

, John C. Markowitz

, and Gerald L. Klerman

DOI:
10.1093/med-psych/9780190662592.003.0010
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date: 06 July 2020

The time spent in IPT focuses on discussing feelings, normalizing them as responses to interpersonal interactions and as useful interpersonal information, and using them to take action to change the patient’s interactions in order to resolve the identified problem area. Therapists can use the techniques discussed in this chapter to accomplish this. IPT techniques are nondirective exploration, direct elicitation, encouragement of affect, clarification, communication analysis, decision analysis, and role play. The therapeutic relationship and the therapist’s role in IPT are also described. The therapeutic relationship may reflect how the patient thinks and acts in other close relationships. For example, the therapeutic relationship can be used in role disputes to give feedback on how patients come across to others and to help them understand maladaptive approaches to interactions.

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