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(p. 218) Group, Conjoint, Telephone, and Internet Formats 

(p. 218) Group, Conjoint, Telephone, and Internet Formats
(p. 218) Group, Conjoint, Telephone, and Internet Formats

Myrna M. Weissman

, John C. Markowitz

, and Gerald L. Klerman

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date: 09 July 2020

IPT was developed as an individual, face-to-face psychotherapy, but its principles are flexible enough to work in other formats. This chapter describes adaptations of IPT to four other formats: group IPT, conjoint (couples) IPT, telephone IPT, and Internet (self-guided) IPT. The research that has been done to evaluate each of these formats with various populations and in various settings is described. For instance, group IPT reduces interpersonal isolation; allows patients to see that others share their illness, validating the IPT sick role; and allows therapists to treat larger numbers of patients. However, patients receive less individual attention, difficulties in assembling adequate numbers of patients to form a group may delay treatment, and patients may present with different focal interpersonal problem areas. Recommendations for therapists who choose to use these adaptations are offered.

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