$630 – $700

Interpersonal Psychotherapy for adolescents and adults

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St Francis College

233 Milton Road


Brisbane, QLD 4064


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Interpersonal Psychotherapy for adolescents and adults:

An attachment-based intervention for depression and related disorders

A two-day introductory workshop including bistro lunch and refreshments

Presenters: Rob McAlpine PhD, MAPS & Anthony Hillin BSW, M Adol MH

Certified IPT Trainers, Interpersonal Psychotherapy Institute

Certification: on completion of this workshop participants will achieve the Interpersonal Psychotherapy Institute's Level A Certification – Basic Training in IPT.

This workshop qualifies for 14 hours of active learning CPD points

This course uses two trainers and a limited number of participants to create an intensive learning experience

About this workshop

More than 250 empirical studies support the efficacy and effectiveness of IPT, 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 American Psychological Association, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence in the UK, the International Cochrane Collaboration and Australia’s Medicare Better Access initiative. The efficacy of IPT in treating depression is supported by large scale randomised control trials (eg Weissman et al 1979; Elkin et al 1989) and meta-analysis of comparative studies (eg Cuijpers et al, 2011; Zhou et al, 2015).

IPT was developed in the mid 1980s for the management of depression. IPT was adapted for adolescents with depression in 1993 and revised in 2004. Interpersonal psychotherapy for depressed adolescents (IPT-A) has developed a sound evidence base. Recent studies suggest IPT-A is readily learned by experienced clinicians and effective in the management of depression in adolescents, including in school-based settings.

This introductory course will present an overview of IPT/IPT-A, then focus on the development of the skills required to implement an effective IPT/IPT-A intervention.

Learning Objectives

  • Summarise the theory and evidence base for IPT/IPT-A.
  • Outline the general techniques of IPT/IPT-A including: encouragement of affect; interpersonal incidents; communication analysis; problem solving; & role plays.
  • Explain how attachment theory can inform IPT/IPT-A.
  • Build on existing skills in assessment to develop specific competencies in the assessment of client suitability for IPT/IPT-A, attachment style, & major problem areas.
  • Practice skills in conducting an Interpersonal inventory and an Interpersonal formulation.
  • Practice skills in the problem areas of Conflict and Role transition in some detail.
  • Provide a brief description of the problem areas of Complex grief and Interpersonal gaps.
  • Consider the conclusion of the acute phase of therapy and options for maintenance treatment.
  • Address the role of, and consider options for, supervision.


A range of learning methods is used including, didactic presentations, experiential exercises, small group activities, skill demonstrations, role-play & self-reflection. Participants will derive maximum benefit from the program if they are willing to reflect on their own attitudes and skills.

Participants are requested to complete pre-course reading, which will be supplied on booking, and to come to the course prepared to discuss one of their cases during activities in small groups.

Target audience

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

The Presenters

Rob McAlpine and Anthony Hillin are certified IPT Trainers with the Interpersonal Psychotherapy Institute and in addition to providing training in Interpersonal Psychotherapy also provide clinical supervision for therapists using IPT in Australia and the USA. Rob and Anth co-facilitate IPT training in the USA with Prof Scott Stuart, President, International Society of Interpersonal Psychotherapy.

Rob McAlpine is a clinical psychologist & 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 & loss, mindfulness & team building.

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 & Rob continue to delivered a suite of five courses in depression, anxiety and related disorders to over 3,000 mental health clinicians, school & TAFE psychologists, social workers and related staff. Anthony and Rob offer this workshop independently of their role with Ed-LinQ.

Course evaluation by previous participants

In a summary of written participant evaluations of 36 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 Promote Area Psychologists), headspace (National, Riverina and Bathurst), 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 quotes

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.”

Prof Scott Stuart

Director, IPT Institute and 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

Queensland Centre for Mental Health Promotion, Prevention & Early Intervention, Queensland Health (Australia)

"Anthony Hillin is an internationally respected educator who offers high quality staff development in Interpersonal Psychotherapy, grief and loss, and other topics. I have commissioned him to provide training for child and adolescent mental health services and as an advisor to the delivery of targeted mental health in schools. The training and strategic approaches he takes are second to none, and delegates have consistently responded with positive endorsements of his work. More telling is his ability to strengthen staff insight and performance in improving outcomes for children and young people".

Dawn Rees

Former Strategic Relationships and Programme Manager, National Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, Department of Health and Independent Children’s Health Policy Expert @ The Rees Consultancy Ltd (UK)

"Anthony Hillin has provided quality training to Norfolk Children's Services for many years. Anthony's sensitive and empowering approach and his deserved reputation as a skilled trainer means that places on his trainings are much in demand. Participant evaluations are invariably extremely positive.

We are fortunate to benefit from his training input on his visits to the UK and are very appreciative of his extensive and high ranking knowledge and experience, including a multi-cultural perspective".

Stuart Marpole

Children with Disabilities County Service Manager (Norfolk, UK)


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, train and ferry). Free parking is available at the venue.

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Colin Bisset: (02) 9523 3567, e-mail: ahillin@froggy.com.au

What is the refund policy?

A refund is available up untill August 18, 2017. After this date refunds, or credits for other workshop dates, are not available but you can transfer your registration for these workshop dates to someone else provided they are part of the target audience for this workshop, ie mental health clinicians, including psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, nurses, occupational therapists, psychotherapists, general practitioners etc.

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