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2nd Edition

Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Depressed Adolescents

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ISBN 9781609182267
Published March 20, 2011 by Guilford Press
315 Pages

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Book Description

Grounded in extensive research and clinical experience, this manual provides a complete guide to interpersonal psychotherapy for depressed adolescents (IPT-A). IPT-A is an evidence-based brief intervention designed to meet the specific developmental needs of teenagers. Clinicians learn how to educate adolescents and their families about depression, work with associated relationship difficulties, and help clients manage their symptoms while developing more effective communication and interpersonal problem-solving skills. The book includes illustrative clinical vignettes, an extended case example, and information on the model's conceptual and empirical underpinnings. Helpful session checklists and sample assessment tools are featured in the appendices.

Table of Contents

I. Overview
1. The Nature of Depression in Adolescents
2. Current Psychosocial Treatments for Adolescent Depression
3. The Origins and Development of Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Depression
II. Application of Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Depressed Adolescents
4. Diagnosis of Depression and Suitability of Interpersonal Psychotherapy for the Adolescent
5. Conducting Session 1 in IPT-A
6. Initiating the Interpersonal Interview
7. Selecting the Problem Area and Making the Treatment Contract
8. The Middle Phase of IPT-A
9. Therapeutic Techniques
10. Grief
11. Interpersonal Role Disputes
12. Interpersonal Role Transitions
13. Interpersonal Deficits
14. Termination Phase
III. Special Issues in Treating Adolescents
15. Clinical Issues in the Therapist–Patient Relationship
16. Special Clinical Situations
17. Crisis Management
18. The Use of Medication in Conjunction with IPT-A
19. Current and Future Research in IPT-A
20. A Comprehensive Description of an IPT-A Case
Appendix A. Closeness Circle
Appendix B. Interpersonal Inventory: How to Query about Relationships
Appendix C. Session Checklist for Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Depressed Adolescents

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Laura H. Mufson, PhD, is Director of the Department of Clinical Psychology at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Mufson was the first to adapt interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) for adolescents and has been conducting research on interpersonal psychotherapy for depressed adolescents for over a decade. She travels extensively, training clinicians in treatment techniques for IPT.

Kristen Pollack Dorta, PhD, is a clinical psychologist currently in private practice. Dr. Dorta has been instrumental in the implementation of interpersonal psychotherapy for depressed adolescents in school-based mental health clinics and the training of school-based clinicians.
Donna Moreau, MD, is in private practice in New York City. Previously she was Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and Director of the Children's Anxiety and Depression Clinic at Children's Hospital of New York-Presbyterian Hospital.
Myrna M. Weissman, PhD, one of the originators of interpersonal psychotherapy, is Professor of Psychiatry and Epidemiology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and the Joseph L. Mailman School of Public Health. She is also Director of the Division of Clinical and Genetic Epidemiology at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and has published extensively on interpersonal psychotherapy, including coauthoring (with John C. Markowitz and Gerald L. Klerman) A Comprehensive Guide to Interpersonal Psychotherapy.


"Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) is one of the most promising interventions for the treatment of depression, and one of the few that has empirical data to support its efficacy with adolescents. In this revised second edition, Mufson and colleagues provide an informative and succinct description of the steps involved in using IPT to treat depressed adolescents. Rich in theory and clinical detail, this is a valuable resource for anyone working with younger patients."--Steven D. Hollon, PhD, Department of Psychology, Vanderbilt University

"Since the publication of the first edition of this book, IPT for Adolescents (IPT-A) has matured. Well-conducted research studies have shown this to be a powerful treatment for depressed teenagers who are experiencing psychosocial complications. In this second edition, the authors share an extra decade of experience, present and discuss the research findings, and offer valuable advice on how the treatment can be applied to very young patients. This book is a 'must' for psychotherapists of any orientation who work with depressed teenagers."--David Shaffer, MD, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

"In this expanded second edition, the authors build a compelling case for the value of interpersonal psychotherapy for depressed adolescents (IPT-A). Their comprehensive, theory-driven, evidence-based intervention manual is developmentally informed, innovative, and clinically relevant. The case material illuminates the various strategies and techniques associated with IPT-A and effective ways to implement the intervention approach. I highly recommend this book for trainees and experienced mental health professionals invested in providing quality, interpersonally oriented interventions for depressed youth."--Nadine J. Kaslow, PhD, ABPP, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Emory University School of Medicine

"The second edition of Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Depressed Adolescents is an impressive guide for perplexed clinicians working with adolescents, who are bombarded with a plethora of untested treatment recommendations from every discipline. This book presents one of the few evidence-based, controlled studies of interventions for depressed teenagers. IPT-A is based on the premise that, regardless of the underlying cause, depression is a medical illness whose course is strongly intertwined with the patient's dysfunctional interpersonal relationships and affectional bonds, as described earlier by Sullivan and Bowlby. The authors present many vignettes from their clinical work, as well as an overview of recent community-based studies demonstrating the effectiveness of IPT-A in school-based clinics. Techniques of role-play and communication analysis in a time-limited therapy are offered, replete with case illustrations. This book will be invaluable for all mental health practitioners who work with adolescents in individual and community settings."--Clarice J. Kestenbaum, MD, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

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