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(p. 68) IPT for PTSD—Middle Phase 

(p. 68) IPT for PTSD—Middle Phase
(p. 68) IPT for PTSD—Middle Phase

John C. Markowitz

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date: 07 August 2020

This chapter comprises a review of the middle sessions of IPT treatment for PTSD. This covers the interpersonal foci of grief (complicated bereavement), role disputes, and role transitions. It addresses techniques like affective attunement, eliciting, normalizing, validating, and helping patients verbalize feelings; eliciting a recent, affectively charged life event; exploring options; and role play. The key opening is a question: “How have things been since we last met?” Having identified a recent, affectively charged life event, the therapist uses an interrogatory triad to reconstruct it. Catchphrase: “Emotions are uncomfortable but not dangerous”—and indeed are even useful as social signals. The chapter also addresses thematic continuity of sessions and encouragement of taking social risks.

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