What is IPT?

Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) is one of the recognised NICE psychological therapies for depression, and as such should be one of the range of therapies offered to people within IAPT services. IPT is a time-limited and focused treatment for major depression and other psychiatric disorders. IPT focuses on the intersection between the psychiatric symptoms and the interpersonal dysfunction. IPT establishes a collaborative focus with the client to address issues of interpersonal loss, change, dispute or isolation, identified as central to the current episode of depression. The therapist works with the client to recognise and communicate about his/her interpersonal difficulties to achieve resolution in the here and now. IPT supports the use and development of effective resources in the client's interpersonal network.

Who can provide IPT?

IPT practitioners are people who have already had extensive experience of working in mental health who have previous experience of delivering psychological therapy. IPT training is available to practitioners of all disciplines.

What Training is on offer?

Level A: Introduction to IPT

Level B: IPT-UK Practitioner Accreditation

Level C: Advanced Practitioner

Level D: Supervisor Accreditation

Introductory Level A and Practitioner Level B Training Courses are held in Stafford and Leicester. Advanced Practitioner Level C and Supervisor Level D training courses are usually held in Stafford. Funded places are available on these courses.

For further information including the dates of the next courses please follow this link: https://www.iptuk.net/midlands--east1.html or contact Dr Marie Wardle, Programme Director at ipt.westmidlands@nhs.net

Please note that Health Education England funded places are only available to NHS employed applicants who work within the Midlands and East areas. Applications received from outside of these areas will need to pay to attend.

Introductory Workshops

This will be an opportunity for practitioners of all disciplines to book onto these workshops and learn more about IPT. These IPT introductory workshops can be preparation for anyone who is considering training in IPT and cost £125 to attend. If you are interested in attending a workshop please email ipt.westmidlands@nhs.net for more information.

Non-IAPT compliant courses

IPT training for non-IAPT compliant courses are available on request. These can be tailored to meet the individual needs of the organisation. Contact: Liz Jones, Course Administrator at ipt.westmidlands@nhs.net

Supervision in IPT

We provide supervision to a wide range of practitioners working in various locations and professions, such as IAPT High Intensity workers, Eating Disorders, Community Mental Health Teams, Psychologists, Counsellors and Specialists working with depression and other psychiatric disorders. Supervision can be tailored to meet the therapists needs and can be flexible, such as Skype, telephone, face to face, individually, or in groups to maximise learning. Supervisors are IPTUK Accredited Practitioners and Supervisors, who have a wide experience of supervising in other modalities. For more information, please contact Dr Marie Wardle at ipt.westmidlands@nhs.net