Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)? We could go into some detail,
but then Wikipedia
has it laid out so nicely, why waste your time? Here's the
short version, just the bullet points about IPT:
- Created in 1969, a hybrid of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and
Interpersonal Theory (Harry Stack Sullivan).
- Short-term, time-limited, empirically validated.
- Focuses on relationships, communication patterns.
Identification and expression of emotion, dealing with unresolved
grief are stressed.
- Used at first primarily in research with depression. Use has
widened some to clinical practice.
Will this be on the social work licensing exam?
IPT shows up more often as a distractor (an incorrect answer) than
not. But, just in case, it doesn't hurt to have these basic lodged
somewhere at the back of your exam-taking brain. Having a sense of
what various therapies offer helps avoid that stomach-churning,
confidence-busting experience of being mystified by material the
exam. "Wait, what's IPT? I've never heard of it!" Yes, you
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