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(p. 119) Overview of Adaptations of IPT 

(p. 119) Overview of Adaptations of IPT
(p. 119) Overview of Adaptations of IPT

Myrna M. Weissman

, John C. Markowitz

, and Gerald L. Klerman

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date: 02 April 2020

Because of its success as a psychotherapeutic treatment for acute major depression, IPT has been adapted and tested in the treatment of patients with other disorders and in different formats. These modified treatments follow the general IPT principles outlined throughout this book. Key parameters to consider in these adapted versions are their time requirements (treatment duration), the clinical experience required, and any empirical support that exists for their effectiveness. Although different treatment durations have been suggested, it is important in IPT to set and hold to a time limit of some kind. The time limit provides structure so that the patient knows what to expect, and the pressure of time helps propel the acute therapy forward. Before using IPT for other disorders, therapists should review the DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for that disorder and have some clinical experience in treating that population.

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