Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) Proposed Training Pathway for

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Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) Proposed Training Pathway for

    Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) Training Pathway for Scotland.

    This proposed pathway maybe subject to some modification following the publication of the IPT Competency Framework and new training materials and supervision courses endorsed by NHS Education for Scotland ( NES) for IPT training in Scotland .

    Who is suitable to train in IPT?

    ; Trained mental health practitioners with experience of working in the mental health field,

    some experience of working with depressed patients is essential.

    ; Suitable candidates can have a background in counselling, nursing, medicine, social work,

    occupational therapy or psychology.

    ; Experience of working with patients in a psychotherapeutic context is essential.

    IPT training is an add on to basic training in treating patients in the mental health field. Ideally

    candidates will already have some experience of working in another modality such as CBT;

    person centred counselling or psychodynamic therapy. Access to IPT training and supervision is

    offered at the discretion of the recognised* supervisor or training group.

    Practitioner level basic training to use IPT

    1. To attend a recognised * introductory training course in IPT. The course should be a

    minimum of 4 days training (min. 24 hours) as a combination of didactic teaching,

    role play and discussion. To read the IPT manual.

    2. To complete two cases **( this will increase to 4 after end of 2011) in supervision to

    a satisfactory standard with a recognised* IPT supervisor. The first case should be in

    the treatment of depression, the second case can be in the treatment of mood

    disorder or bulimia / binge eating disorder. Supervision must include a review of 12

    of the 16 sessions of IPT or 8 in the case of a contracted 12 session treatment. All

    sessions of the treatment should be audio recorded and a minimum of three tapes

    (one from each of the 3 phases of IPT) should be reviewed by the supervisor and

    agreed by the supervisor to be of a satisfactory standard and on model. Supervision

    can be in individual or group format.

    3. To submit a write up of these cases following a standard format including reflection

    on the process and outcome of the treatment and include signed confirmation from

    the supervisor that work has been completed to a satisfactory standard. Practitioner status can be awarded by a supervisor who has been approved by as a recognised supervisor by IPT-UK or the Scottish IPT Training Committee.

    ** Following the Scottish Network meeting in June 2010 it was agreed that the Training Pathway would be revised to fall in line with the new requirement of IPT UK, IAPT and ISIPT of four cases to Practitioner Status

    *Recognised by the IPT Scottish Network and Scottish IPT training Committee and or by IPT


    Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for IPT Therapists.

    1. To continue to carry a case load of IPT cases.

    2. To attend a supervision group consisting of other IPT therapist trained to Practitioner level or above at least monthly. If a group is not available then supervision should be obtained by phone or on an individual basis. IPT therapists should be part of the IPT network and attend IPT training events, conferences and meetings of the network providing updates on IPT.


    1. To have completed a minimum of 6 cases in supervision with a recognised* supervisor (including two already completed for practitioner level). All focus area must be covered in

    these six cases, joint focus areas are acceptable. Supervision can be in individual or group format. A minimum of 12 sessions of a 16 session treatment or 8 sessions of a contracted 12 session treatment must be reviewed in supervision. Three audio tapes per case, one from each of the three phases of IPT must be reviewed by the supervisor and agreed to be satisfactory.

    2. All cases must be written up following the standard format. The write up of the six cases with a signed confirmation from the supervisor that the work has been completed to a satisfactory standard should be submitted as a portfolio to the training group for approval. 3. At least two members of the IPT training group must approve the candidates work to be of adequate standard for Supervisor Status.

     In addition:

    Candidates must demonstrate that they have experience and competence to be a supervisor of psychological therapy. This competence can be demonstrated by some or all of the following:

    ; Providing information on their experience of supervision of others in their own

    professional group or of other groups working in the mental health field.

    ; Providing information on experience of supervising others in a psychological therapy

    other than IPT.

    ; To have attended training in supervision of psychological therapy and IPT especially

    courses endorsed by NES when available.

    ; To undergo supervision of supervision of IPT with a recognised* IPT supervisor. This

    could be done by the trainee supervisor and the recognised supervisor working

    together in a group where the trainee demonstrates to the experienced supervisor

    the ability to take the lead in offering IPT supervision on a case or it could be

    conducted individually, including over the phone. To achieve supervisor status the

    recognised supervisor must be satisfied that the trainee supervisor has achieved the

    required standard in providing IPT supervision.

    Supervisor status will be awarded by the recognised* Training Committee when supervision

    experience and training of the candidate has been reviewed by at least two members of the

    recognised*group and agreed to be satisfactory by them and approved at a meeting of the IPT

    training committee.

    2. Trainer

    1. Candidates must be a recognised supervisor in IPT as outlined above.

    2. The outline for new courses and the teaching materials should be submitted to the training

    committee for approval. Approval must be granted by the Recognised* Training Committee

    It is recommended that the first time a course is run with a trainer already experienced in

    providing IPT training who is recognised by the training group.

    Both supervisors and trainers in IPT are expected to be part of Scottish IPT network or IPT-UK and attend meetings and training events. They are also encouraged to participate in the IPT-UK network, attend conferences and other training events offered by IPT- UK and the International Society for IPT (ISIPT)

     For updated information on IPT see

    Or contact the IPT Scottish Network on

    The IPT Scotland Training Committee currently includes the following members : Lorna

    Champion (NHS Lothian) Katherine Cheshire (NHS Fife) Patricia Graham (NHS Lothian), Mick

    Power University of Edinburgh , School of Health ) Liz Prince ( NHS Highland) Matthias

    Schwannauer ( University of Edinburgh School of Health) .

     *Recognised by the IPT Scottish Network and Scottish IPT training Committee and or by IPT


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