Two-Day Webinar in Interpersonal Psychotherapy on February 4 – 5 2021

John Markowitz, MD, from Columbia University, USA, will conduct a two-day webinar in Interpersonal psychotherapy on February 4 – 5, 2021

Interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) is a brief psychotherapy that centers on resolving interpersonal problems and symptomatic recovery. It is an well studied treatment that follows a highly structured and time-limited approach and is intended to be completed within 12–16 weeks. During the first day, this course will give psychiatric professionals (physicians, psychologists, nurses) the basic skills in conducting IPT for major depression in clinical settings. The second day is dedicated to new developments of IPT.

John Markowitz, M.D. is a Research Psychiatrist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. He trained in interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) with the late Gerald L. Klerman, M.D. Dr. Markowitz has conducted clinical research on psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy of mood, anxiety, personality disorders, and most recently posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He has lectured widely on IPT, is President-Elect of the International Society for Interpersonal Psychotherapy, and an ISIPT-certified trainer/supervisor. He has written or edited 20 books (including Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, 2016) and more than 300 peer-reviewed articles and chapters.

The course is organized as Zoom-meeting. The first day is translated to Finnish simultaneously.

Organizer: Association for Dynamic and Interpersonal Psychotherapy (Dipy)
Price for one day is 100 euro for members and 150 euro for non-members. For two days the price is 200 euro for members and 300 euro for non-members.

Registration: Please pay the fee to the following account: IBAN FI35 1590 3000 1262 33, BIC NDEAFIHH, by 15th January 2021. Please add you contact information (email, telephone) to the comment-field.

Questions about the event can be sent to hasseka(at)

Two-Day Course Schedule / Agenda

Day 1: February 4, 2021

  • 2:00- 3:00 p.m. Overview of IPT
    • A. Historical background and subsequent expansion
    • B. Brief, focused treatment of depression
    • C. Active, non-neutral therapist
    • D. Relationship of interpersonal behaviors to depressive symptoms
    • E. The 4 Problem Areas
  • Discussion
  • 3:00- 3:15 p.m. Coffee break
  • 3:15-4:15 p.m. The three phases of IPT for Major Depression
    • A. Opening phase
      1. Diagnosis
      2. Sick role
      3. Choosing problem area
      4. Formulation
      5. Giving hope
      6. Combining IPT with medication
    • B. Middle phase
      • Grief
      • Role Transitions
      • Interpersonal Disputes
      • Interpersonal Deficits
  • 4:15- 4:30 p.m. Coffee break
  • 4:30- 5:00 p.m.
    • C. End phase
      1. Termination
      2. Booster sessions/maintenance IPT
    • Discussion
  • 5:00-6:15 p.m. In-depth discussion of Middle Phase Strategies
  • 6:15- 6:25 p.m. Break
  • 6:25- 7:00 p.m. Differential therapeutics
    • Practical Issues for the Experienced Psychotherapist
      • A. Adjusting to a time-limited therapy
      • B. Videotaping
      • C. Rating scales
      • D. Combining psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy
    • Discussion
  • End of Day 1

Day 2: February 5, 2021

  • 2:00- 3:00 p.m. IPT for Other Disorders, and New Developments
    • A. IPT for depression throughout the life cycle
    • B. IPT for dysthymic disorder (persistent depression)
    • C. IPT for eating disorders
    • D. IPT for borderline personality disorder
    • E. IPT for anxiety disorders
    • Discussion
  • 3:00- 3:15 p.m. Coffee break
  • 3:15-4:15 p.m. IPT for PTSD
    • A. Supporting evidence – must PTSD treatment mean exposure therapy?
    • B. Adapting IPT for PTSD
    • C. Advantages of IPT for subsets of patients with PTSD
    • D. Potential mechanisms
  • 4:15- 4:30 p.m. Coffee break
  • 4:30- 5:00 p.m.
    • A. IPT adaptation for PTSD: How do you do it?
    • B. Case examples — discussion
  • 5:00-6:30 p.m. IPT in the context of the Covid-19 Pandemic
    • A. Losses
    • B. Social Distancing
    • C. Covid Behavioral Checklist
    • D. Adaptations
  • 6:15- 6:25 p.m. Break
  • 6:25- 7:00 p.m.
    • Wrap-up: Questions and Discussion
  • End of Day 2