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date: 09 March 2021

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Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) is a time-limited treatment for depression; a substantial body of evidence supports its utility in adults. The focus of IPT is on interpersonally relevant events that are a precipitant or consequence of depression. The four problem areas that are the focus of IPT—grief, interpersonal role disputes, role transitions, and interpersonal deficits—encompass issues often seen among depressed older adults in clinical practice. Results of clinical studies and practice support the utility of IPT in the treatment of late-life depression. In this chapter, two clinical cases illustrate the use of IPT with older adults. The chapter authors share their experience in conducting an IPT training programme for medical centre-based psychology graduate students providing services to older adults, along with national efforts by the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to build IPT competency among VA clinicians who serve a large population of older Veterans.

Keywords: depression, psychotherapy, evidence-based treatment, older adults, interpersonal

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