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(p. 36) A Pocket Guide to IPT 

(p. 36) A Pocket Guide to IPT
(p. 36) A Pocket Guide to IPT

John C. Markowitz

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date: 15 December 2019

This chapter attempts to provide a quick review of IPT, based on, and in effect condensing, earlier manuals such as OUP’s Clinician’s Quick Guide to Interpersonal Psychotherapy. IPT has three phases: a beginning, a middle, and a termination. (A fourth, maintenance phase, has also been tested for mood disorders.) Feelings and life events are connected. Facets of IPT include taking a history, making a formulation linking syndrome to life situation (grief, role dispute, or role transition), giving the patient the sick role, and setting a time limit. The chapter also discusses the conduct of sessions in different phases of IPT, focusing on a recent, affectively charged incident, reconstructing interpersonal encounters, exploring options, and role play.

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