1st Edition

Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Adolescents A Clinician’s Guide

By Robert McAlpine, Anthony Hillin Copyright 2021
    352 Pages 36 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    352 Pages 36 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    Interpersonal psychotherapy for adolescents (IPT-A) is a comprehensive guide for clinicians. It will enable readers to add IPT-A to their clinical repertoire or to deepen their existing practice of IPT-A, using a time-limited, evidence-based intervention that is engaging for young people.

    The guide outlines the structure, skills, and techniques of IPT-A, utilising real-life encounters in the therapy room that reflect the diverse nature of adolescents and young adults who present for therapy. It provides the reader with a bird's-eye view of how IPT-A works. It expands the range of IPT-A clinical tools, techniques, and models to assist the reader to work effectively with a wide range of clients. The book provides a new protocol for the psychological assessment of young people, acknowledging the importance of culture and spirituality alongside the biological, psychological, and social dimensions that have previously comprised assessment. The importance of the clinician forming a transitory attachment relationship with the client is emphasised throughout.

    The target audience for this book is mental health clinicians, including psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, mental health nurses, occupational therapists, general practitioners with a mental health focus, and students from these professions.

    Section 1 Introduction; 1. Introduction and orientation to this guide; 2. A model of holistic assessment; 3. Attachment in young people; 4. Clinical Techniques; Section 2 The Initial Phase of IPT-A; 5. The Initial Phase of IPT-A; Section 3 The Middle Phase of IPT-A; 6. The Middle Phase of IPT-A; 7. Complex Grief; 8. Interpersonal Disputes; 9. Role Transition; 10. Interpersonal Gaps; Section 4 Consolidation Phase of IPT-A; 11. Conclusion of Acute Treatment; 12. Continuation and Maintenance Therapy; Section 5 Closing thoughts; 13. Closing thoughts


    Robert McAlpine, PhD, MAPS, FACCLP, is a clinical psychologist who works with adolescents and adults in regional New South Wales, Australia. He also teaches introductory and advanced courses in Interpersonal psychotherapy and supervises therapists who are using IPT and IPT-A in their clinical practices.

    Anthony Hillin, B Soc Stud (SW), M Adol MH, has 30 years' experience as a clinician and trainer, emphasising holistic approaches to change. He specialises in the impact of loss, transition and conflict on the wellbeing of individuals and organisations. Anthony provides introductory and advanced level training and supervision in IPT, IPT-A and related topics worldwide.