Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Depressed Adolescents (IPT-A)

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About This Program

Target Population: Adolescents ages 12-18 years old suffering from nonpsychotic depression who can be treated on a once-a-week outpatient basis

For children/adolescents ages: 12 – 18

Brief Description

Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) is a time-limited, manualized psychosocial treatment for depression in adolescents and adults. IPT for adults has been rated by the CEBC in the area of Depression Treatment (Adult). IPT identifies how interpersonal issues are related to the onset or maintenance of depressive symptoms while recognizing the contributions of genetic, biological, and personality factors to vulnerability for depression. Patients work to understand the effects of interpersonal events on their mood and to improve their communication and problem-solving skills in order to increase their effectiveness and satisfaction in current relationships.

Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Depressed Adolescents (IPT-A) is defined in a treatment manual that was adapted to address the developmental needs of adolescents and their families. IPT-A is an outpatient treatment designed for adolescents with mild to moderate depression severity. It is not indicated for adolescents who are acutely suicidal or homicidal, psychotic, bipolar, or mentally retarded, or for adolescents who are actively abusing substances.

Program Goals:

The goal of Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Depressed Adolescents (IPT-A) are:

  • Improve relationships by:
    • Improving communication skills
    • Improving problem solving skills

Contact Information

Laura Mufson, PhD
Agency/Affiliation: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Phone: (646) 774-5791
Fax: (212) 543-6660

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: June 2016

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: April 2016

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: August 2010