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(p. 80) Termination and Maintenance Treatment 

(p. 80) Termination and Maintenance Treatment
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(p. 80) Termination and Maintenance Treatment
Author(s):

Myrna M. Weissman

, John C. Markowitz

, and Gerald L. Klerman

DOI:
10.1093/med-psych/9780190662592.003.0009
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date: 02 April 2020

This chapter covers strategies relating to the termination of IPT and maintenance treatment. Sessions usually run weekly for twelve or sixteen weeks for treatment of acute major depression. The therapist and patient make an explicit contract at the beginning of treatment about its frequency and length. Several sessions before the end of that agreed-upon interval, the therapist begins the third, termination phase with an open discussion about the end of the treatment, and reviews what has been accomplished and what remains to be done. The patient is encouraged to discuss any feelings, positive or negative, about ending the therapy. Maintenance IPT is in most respects like acute treatment; the focus remains on interpersonal functioning and mood in relation to life events. A case example of maintenance therapy is included.

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