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Psychotherapy Essentials to Go

Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Depression


Sophie Grigoriadis (Author), Priya Watson (Author), Robert Maunder (Editor), Paula Ravitz (Editor)

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A quick-reference, multi-media guide to using interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) to treat depression.

Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) is an evidence-supported, short-term therapy that focuses on universal life problems involving change, loss, and conflict in relationships, particularly when these problems relate to depression. At its heart is an emphasis on relationships as a healing force during stressful life events. This guide walks readers through the core principles of IPT treatment—how to consider underlying psychological and biological factors that may predispose a client to depression, including insecure attachment; how to effectively communicate with clients to improve their relationship problems; and how to conduct “interpersonal inventories” to help clients connect to a support system that may be helpful in their recovery process.

Included in this comprehensive guide are a DVD of sample therapy sessions and clinical explication that describe how to implement the protocol, as well as a laminated pocket reminder card. An on-the-go package of practical tools that busy clinicians won’t want to be without.


“I enjoyed this series from two different perspectives: The first perspective is as a professor of counseling who occasionally teaches theory. Students using these books will find them readable, thorough, and applicable to the practice of therapy. New therapists will find them useful to consolidate their own use practice, and they will possibly be introduced to new material. . . . For the experienced practitioner who wants to expand into other modalities, these books introduce a new therapeutic approach. And for those who have only had a quick overview of many theories, this series offers another look, and possibly new material to add to what was already studied. . . . I recommend this series and hope that it will be expanded to include other therapeutic approaches.” — The Milton H. Erickson Foundation Newsletter

Psychotherapy Essentials To Go is a truly impressive series of books. Elevating pragmatics over dogma, it is grounded in the wisdom of front-line psychotherapists who adapt the core principles of empirically supported psychotherapies to flexibly address a myriad of clinical issues. No other series of psychotherapy handbooks is as skillfully concise and yet thorough. It will quickly become a standard reference for teaching and enhancing clinical competence.” — Zindel V. Segal, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Psychology in Mood Disorders, University of Toronto–Scarborough; author of The Mindful Way Through Depression

“Gerry Klerman and I invented interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) for the first clinical trial testing the efficacy of medication and psychotherapy for the treatment of depression. We wrote a manual to describe the procedures so that therapists participating in the trial could be reliably trained. Over thirty years later IPT has been sustained by numerous clinical trials, adaptations, manual updates, and translations. The work by Maunder and Ravitz takes training to a new level with a wide range of user-friendly educational materials and authentic cases to view. This is an excellent way to begin the learning.” — Myrna M. Weissman, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and Epidemiology, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University

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