Therapist Training and Clinical Applications
Competence as an IPT-G therapist requires (1) a working knowledge of IPT theory and practice, (2) a working knowledge of group psychotherapy theory and practice, and (3) specific training in the concepts, strategies, and techniques of IPT-G.
To receive training in individual IPT, the reader is referred to the Comprehensive Guide to Interpersonal Psychotherapy ( Weissman et al., 2000). Although no formal certification process has been established, guidelines for training usually consist of a formal course or training workshop and detailed supervision from an experienced IPT clinician of at least two successfully treated cases. The IPT manual is well developed and describes the treatment process and its rationale in a manner that should be clear to any clinician. It should be noted that IPT was developed to serve as a semistructured guideline for clinicians who already possess a reasonable degree of clinical training and experience ( Weissman et al., 2000). Clinicians planning to receive training in IPT-