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(p. 56) IPT for PTSD—Initial Phase 

(p. 56) IPT for PTSD—Initial Phase
(p. 56) IPT for PTSD—Initial Phase

John C. Markowitz

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date: 30 September 2020

This chapter reviews the opening sessions of IPT for PTSD. These sessions focus on making a diagnosis, taking a history, setting a frame and a time limit, using an interpersonal context, and initial symptomatic relief. The therapist gives the patient the sick role and elicits an interpersonal inventory. The initial phase culminates in giving the patient an interpersonal formulation focusing on role transition, grief, or role dispute and getting the patient’s agreement to it. This phase sets the stage for the remainder of treatment. The chapter also discusses social supports, the absence of homework, contingencies, therapeutic alliance, “common factors” of psychotherapies, normalizing negative affects, psychoeducation, and taking social risks.

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