Interpersonal Psychotherapy-Adolescent Skills Training (IPT-AST)

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About This Program

The information in this program outline is provided by the program representative and edited by the CEBC staff. Interpersonal Psychotherapy-Adolescent Skills Training (IPT-AST) has been rated by the CEBC in the area of: Depression Treatment (Child & Adolescent).

Target Population: Adolescents, 12-16 years old, with elevated depression symptoms

For children/adolescents ages: 12 – 16

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 12 – 16

Brief Description

IPT-AST is a group-indicated prevention program that is based on Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Depressed Adolescents (IPT-A) and its group adaptation. The intervention involves two initial individual sessions and eight weekly 90-minute group sessions. The group focuses on psychoeducation and general skill-building that can be applied to different relationships within the framework of three interpersonal problem areas: interpersonal role disputes, role transitions, and interpersonal deficits. The psychoeducation component includes defining prevention, educating members about depression, and discussing the relationship between feelings and interpersonal interactions. The interpersonal skill-building component consists of two stages. First, communication and interpersonal strategies are taught through didactics, activities, and role-plays. Once group members understand the skills, they are asked to apply them to different people in their lives, practicing first in group and then at home.

Program Goals:

The overall goals of Interpersonal Psychotherapy-Adolescent Skills Training (IPT-AST) are:

  • Improved interpersonal functioning
  • Improved depressive symptoms
  • Prevention of depression

Contact Information

Jami Young, PhD
Agency/Affiliation: Rutgers University
Phone: (848) 445-3934
Fax: (732) 445-4888

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: August 2016

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: August 2016

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: December 2010