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Interpersonal Psychotherapy for adolescents and adults - Advanced level workshop

Anthony Hillin

Thursday, 6 April 2017 at 9:00 am - Friday, 7 April 2017 at 12:30 pm (AEST)

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A two-day intensive skill development opportunity for clinicians with prior experience of IPT

Dates: Thursday 6 and Friday 7, April, 2017

Venue: Club Burwood RSL, 96 Shaftesbury Rd, Sydney, NSW 2134

(convenient for train, bus and free parking)

Time: 9.00 am – 4.30 pm

Fee: Earlybird $620 (before 2 March), Full fee $690, including lunch and refreshments


Presenters: Rob McAlpine PhD, MAPS & Anthony Hillin B Soc Stud(SW), M Adol MH

Certified IPT Trainers, Interpersonal Psychotherapy Institute

This workshop qualifies for 14 hours of active learning CPD points

This course provides in-depth analysis of issues touched on during introductory IPT training. It uses two trainers and a limited number of participants to create an intensive learning experience.

About IPT

Interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) is an evidence-based intervention developed in the mid-1980s for the management of depression. IPT was adapted for adolescents with depression in 1993 and revised in 2004.

More than 250 empirical studies support the efficacy and effectiveness of IPT (individual and group), for a variety of affective disorders, anxiety disorders, and eating disorders and for a wide range of patients from children to the elderly.

IPT is recognized as evidence-based by many professional bodies including the American Psychiatric Association, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence in the UK, the International Cochrane Collaboration and Australia’s Medicare Better Access initiative.

Workshop prerequisites

The two prerequisites for attending this advanced level training are:

  • completion of a two-day introductory workshop in IPT or equivalent
  • having provided an IPT intervention for at least one, and preferably two, cases.

Aims of the workshop

The workshop aims to:

  • provide you with an opportunity to consolidate and build your knowledge and skills in IPT
  • familiarise you with some intermediate and advanced level concepts in IPT.

Learning objectives

At the conclusion of the workshops, you should be able to:

  • demonstrate confidence and skills in conducting an Interpersonal Inventory
  • provide a collaborative holistic Interpersonal Formulation that is meaningful for your client
  • demonstrate a variety of techniques for working on the Major Problem Areas
  • integrate Iatrogenic Role Transition into clinical practice for the treatment of Persistent Depressive Disorder (Dysthymia)
  • address the aims of the Conclusion of Acute Treatment
  • evaluate the need for and then implement Continuation and Maintenance treatment for both Depressive and Bipolar disorders
  • understand the role of Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy (ISIPT) for Bipolar Disorder
  • describe the four Phases of ISIPT
  • critically appraise your competencies in IPT and identify areas for further professional development in IPT.

Content and learning methods of the workshop

This advanced level workshop uses a range of learning methods, including skill rehearsal, live demonstrations, video vignettes, case discussion, didactic presentation and small group activities.

The structure and process of the two days will parallel the structure and process of an IPT intervention. The workshop provides opportunities for you to:

  • present and reflect on aspects of one of your IPT cases
  • practice skills in relation to relevant learning objectives described above
  • clarify your questions regarding the application of IPT
  • familiarise yourself with some intermediate and advanced level concepts and techniques in IPT.

Target audience

This workshop is intended for mental health clinicians, including psychologists, clinical psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, nurses, occupational therapists, psychotherapists, general practitioners.

The Presenters

Rob McAlpine and Anthony Hillin are certified IPT Trainers with the Interpersonal Psychotherapy Institute. Rob and Anth have provided introductory IPT training to over 3000 clinicians and also clinical supervision for therapists using IPT in Australia and the USA. This work has included co-facilitating training programs with Prof Scott Stuart, former President, International Society of Interpersonal Psychotherapy, in Australia and the USA. They also provide advanced level training in IPT.

Rob McAlpine is a clinical psychologist and has extensive experience working with adults and adolescents. Rob has over 17 yrs experience with IPT and IPT-A. Rob also provides training and supervision in managing trauma using imagery reprocessing.

Anthony Hillin has over 25 yrs experience working on adolescent and adult issues, as a clinician, trainer and manager of an adolescent mental health service. His training and consulting has been commissioned by over 100 agencies in the UK, USA, India and Australia. Anthony’s work spans a range of issues including grief and loss, mindfulness, experiential learning design and team building. Anthony co-developed and delivered the NSW Aboriginal Grief and Loss Training Program.

While based at the NSW Institute of Psychiatry for 12 years, Rob and Anth developed Australia’s most comprehensive interagency training program in adolescent mental health for the NSW School-Link and Queensland Ed-LinQ initiatives. Anth and Rob continue to deliver a suite of courses in depression, anxiety and related disorders to mental health clinicians, school and TAFE psychologists, social workers and related staff.

Course evaluation by previous participants

In a summary of written participant evaluations of 36 Introductory two-day courses facilitated by Rob and Anth including for the Australian Psychological Society (NSW: Sydney, Central Coast, Mid North Coast, North Coast, Newcastle and Hunter; and Tasmania: Hobart, Northern & NW Branches), Health Services (NSW: North Sydney Central Coast, Hunter New England, South East Sydney Illawarra, Central Queensland, Rural and Remote Area Psychologists, Riverina and Bathurst headspace), Catholic Education and in the USA (Pasadena School District, Pacifica Clinics, Gateways Clinic, University of Iowa):

100% of participants stated the training will help them to deliver a better service to their clients

100% stated they were satisfied with this training

100% stated they would recommend a colleague attend this training

94% rated this training as excellent or very good in meeting their needs (62% stated excellent)

100% of participants rated the trainers’ delivery as excellent, very good or good (74% stated excellent)

Endorsement quotations

The IPT-A workshop led by Anthony Hillin and Rob McAlpine is an excellent training experience with both didactic and hands-on learning. Anth and Rob are exceptional instructors; I’ve had the opportunity to teach with them on several courses and have found them to be first-rate teachers and clinicians. I highly recommend the workshop to all interested in IPT for adolescents or in IPT generally.”

Scott Stuart                                                               

Director, IPT Institute; former President, International Society for IPT; Professor of Psychiatry, University of Iowa (USA)

Anthony Hillin and Rob McAlpine's workshop on IPT-A is a very practical, hands-on training experience that is very well received by participants. They have presented the workshop at the NSW Institute of Psychiatry a number of times with very positive evaluations. Participants appreciate their capacity to make the course material easily comprehensible and applicable to participants' own clinical work. They have deservedly built a solid reputation in this field."

Dr Michael Bowden

Head of Medical Education, NSW Institute of Psychiatry (Australia)

"Anthony and Rob have been providing high quality IPT-A training to our clinicians for several years. Their workshops have always been well-researched and practical and are considered priority training for all clinicians working with young people at our site. Anthony and Rob have managed to smoothly blend theory and practice to provide clinically relevant training that is content-rich. Their presentation style is engaging and draws on their own clinical experience, effectively illustrating key points with a variety of interesting case examples. Their workshops have enabled clinicians unfamiliar with IPT to walk away from the training with adequate knowledge, skills and resources to implement IPT strategies with their clients."

Kylie Hamblin

Clinical Leader/ Clinical Psychologist, Headspace: National Youth Mental Health Initiative (Riverina, Australia)

“I am pleased to report that we have had overwhelmingly positive feedback from Newcastle APS Branch members who attended the IPT course last year. I have no hesitation in recommending Anthony and Rob’s IPT course to other APS Branches.”

Malcolm Smith

APS Branch Chair (Newcastle & Hunter Region) 

"Anthony Hillin and Rob McAlpine provide mental health training of a very high standard for Queensland Department of Health. Participant evaluation has been extremely positive with strong demand for courses across the state. Mr Hillin and Dr McApline have established a strong reputation as expert trainers in their field."

Simone Caynes PhD                                                   

Senior Policy Officer, Queensland Mental Health Commission, Former Manager, Queensland Centre for Mental Health Promotion, Prevention & Early Intervention, Queensland Health (Australia)


Registration: Online registration requires payment by credit card. If you prefer to pay by EFT or cheque please contact the organiser (see below).

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

The venue is convenient for public transport (bus and train).  Free parking is available at the venue.

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Colin Bisset: (02) 9523 3567, e-mail:

What is the refund policy?

Cancelled bookings will receive a full refund up until 9 March. Afterthis date you are welcome to transfer your booking to another person, provided they are a member of the target audience (see above), but the fee will be non-refundable and non-transferable for credit on other workshop dates.

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Burwood RSL
96 Shaftesbury Road
Burwood, NSW 2134

Thursday, 6 April 2017 at 9:00 am - Friday, 7 April 2017 at 12:30 pm (AEST)

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Anthony Hillin

Anthony Hillin  

Anthony Hillin, B Soc Stud, M Adol MH, has over 25 years experience as a clinician, educator, writer and consultant in child, adolescent and adult mental, emotional and social wellbeing. Anthony grew up and studied in Sydney. He worked in the UK for 17 years, initially as a social worker and senior youth worker. Anthony helped to establish and manage some of the UK’s first counselling and health promotion organisations dealing with HIV, gay and lesbian issues. He then worked for 10 years as a freelance trainer and consultant. After relocating to Australia, Anthony was employed as a counsellor with the Family Court of Australia and manager of a child and adolescent mental health service.

While based at the NSW Institute of Psychiatry for 12 years, Anthony, together with Rob McAlpine, developed Australia’s most comprehensive interagency training program in adolescent mental health for the NSW School-Link and Queensland Ed-LinQ initiatives. Anth continues to deliver a suite of courses in depression, anxiety and related disorders to over 3,000 mental health clinicians, school & TAFE psychologists, social workers and related staff. Anthony also co-developed and delivered the NSW Aboriginal Grief and Loss Training Program.


Anthony has conducted15 annual teaching tours of the UK focused on grief and loss, mental health, team building and organisational change. His training and consultancy has been commissioned by over 100 agencies in Europe, USA, India, New Zealand. Anthony is a certified trainer in Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) with the Interpersonal Psychotherapy Institute and in addition to providing training in IPT in Australia and the USA also provides clinical supervision for therapists.

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