Individual Family - Psychoeducational Psychotherapy (IF-PEP)

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About This Program

Target Population: Children aged 7-14 with major mood disorders (depressive and bipolar spectrum) and their parents

For children/adolescents ages: 7 – 14

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 7 – 14

Brief Description

IF-PEP is a manual-based treatment for children aged 7-14 with mood disorders (depressive and bipolar spectrum disorders). IF-PEP is based on a biopsychosocial framework and utilizes cognitive-behavioral and family-systems based interventions. IF-PEP is a 20-24 session, 45-50-minutes-per-session treatment with 20 scripted and 4 “in-the-bank” sessions that alternate between parents and children attending. One special session each is devoted to working with school professionals and siblings.

There is also a group version of Psychoeducational Psychotherapy known as Multi-Family Psychoeducational Psychotherapy (MF-PEP), that has been rated in this topic area as well.

Program Goals:

The goals of Individual Family - Psychoeducational Psychotherapy (IF-PEP) are:

  • Learn about the symptoms of mood disorders
  • Effectively manage the symptoms of mood disorders
  • Improve communication
  • Improve problem solving
  • Improve emotion regulation
  • Decrease family tension
  • Improve consumer skills
  • Reduce symptom severity
  • Improve functioning

Contact Information

Mary A. Fristad, PhD, ABPP
Agency/Affiliation: The Ohio State University
Phone: (614) 293-4572
Fax: (614) 293-4949

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: August 2016

Last CEBC Contact Date: October 2017

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: October 2017

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: August 2010