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Interpersonal Psychotherapy: Basics and Beyond

Format Training Course
Presenters Paul Rushton
Description With the inclusion of Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) in the focused psychological strategies under the Medicare funded programmes, Better Access and Better Outcomes, the recognition of the value of IPT has rocketed. Despite these developments, many practitioners within Australia have received little exposure to IPT education and training. In this two-day workshop, PAUL RUSHTON provides a comprehensive overview of IPT with an emphasis on the application in clinical practice.

IPT is a semi-structured, time-limited therapy with demonstrated efficacy for a range of conditions as diverse as post-natal depression, depression in the elderly and bulimia. IPT was developed in the late 1970s as a brief structured psychological treatment for depression. It later rose to prominence when it compared favourably to cognitive-behavior therapy and medication in the NIMH Treatment of Depression study conducted in the mid-1980s. The efficacy of IPT as a treatment alternative or adjunct to other approaches has since been confirmed in numerous studies for conditions as diverse as post-natal depression, bulimia and substance abuse. IPT does not engage the patient at the level of symptom formation, but rather helps to reduce psychological stress by intervention in psychosocial function. IPT therefore targets four problem areas: Role Transitions, Grief, Interpersonal Disputes and Interpersonal Sensitivity.

This presentation will review the basic components of IPT and will highlight its relevance to a range of disorders, especially depression. For practitioners with specialisations in other therapies, IPT can be a useful alternative or adjunct to your current practice.

PAUL RUSHTON is a Clinical Psychologist in private practice on the Gold Coast and Managing Director of PRA Consulting, a firm that specialises in psychological therapies and employee assistance. He has extensive experience in a range of areas including clinical psychology, injury management and public mental health. Paul has held adjunct academic appointments as a Clinical Assistant Professor at Bond University, Lecturer at Griffith University (Gold Coast Campus) in Post-Graduate Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Sessional Lecturer with the Medical School at the University of Queensland.
?He is a member of the Clinical College of the Australian Psychological Society. Considered one of the foremost authorities in Australia on clinical training in Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Paul has conducted over fifty workshops on IPT in four different countries. He provides training workshops nationally and internationally, for organisations as diverse as the Australian Psychological Society and the Singapore Government. In 2004/5 he conducted an IPT workshop tour across Australia for the APS, and he repeated this for PsychOz Publications in 2007/8 when over 500 participants attended his workshops in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. He has trained psychologists and counsellors in IPT from Singapore Government departments over the last four years.

Paul has collaborated on research for IPT with post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic depression. He jointly developed the first Advanced Certificate of IPT in Australia, and has conducted Advanced CBT workshops for a number of organisations including the Australian Psychological Society. Paul is well known for his expertise in delivering practical trainings with a clinical focus that suit 'coalface' practitioners. ??While Paul is an authority on Interpersonal Psychotherapy, he embraces and values a diverse range of therapeutic approaches. This training will provide an overview of the theory, structure, and evidence base for IPT. Case studies, role plays, skill building exercises, small group discussions and question/answer sessions will be utilised to enhance participants' understanding of the application of IPT. Comprehensive handouts will accompany Powerpoint presentations. Feel free to review the article: 'Interpersonal Psychotherapy: An Overview' at our website:
Location VIC Metro, Australia
Venue Oaks on Market
60 Market Street, MELBOURNE

Please contact the event organiser to confirm if this venue is wheelchair accessible
Start/End Date 15 Oct 2012 to 16 Oct 2012
Time 9.00am to 5.00pm
Cost EARLY BIRD (by 3/09/2012) Subscriber to 'Psychotherapy in Australia' $455. EARLY BIRD (by 3/09/2012) Non-Subscriber $475. REGULAR (after 3/09/2012) Subscriber to 'Psychotherapy in Australia' $485. REGULAR (after 3/09/2012) Non-Subscriber $505.
Notes FEEDBACK FROM PREVIOUS TRAININGS WITH PAUL 'Lively, funny, informed and relevant.' 'Appreciated Paul's natural respect for us.' 'Absolutely Wonderful.' 'Paul, you practice what you preach...your professional self was therapeutic. 'Paul is a brilliant presenter and made the workshop fun, but clear and easy to understand.' 'Fantastic Presenter. Competent, clear and knowledgeable.' 'Very interesting, stimulating, enjoyable and inclusive.' 'Excellent. Gave me a lot of insight into other therapies as well. Paul is very open to other therapy perspectives.' 'Brilliant Speaker. Great role model.'
Organiser PsychOz Publications
Contact Name Events Manager
Telephone 03 9855 2220
Fax 03 9855 2225