Interpersonal Psychology : Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

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Interpersonal Psychotherapy Intervention Overview
Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) was developed in the 1970 's by Gerald Klerman, Myrna Weissman, and Eugene Paykel. Initially, IPT was the control treatment while investigating the effectiveness of antidepressants and found the treatment comparably effective to medications and as credible as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) (Robertson, Rushton, & Wurm, 2008). According to Mechanism of Change in Interpersonal therapy (Lipsitz & Markowitz, 2013) IPT was utilized in conjunction with medications to treat depression then onto try and treat other types of disorders such as bipolar, anxiety, bulimia, post traumatic stress disorder to reduce psychiatric symptoms in adults and adolescents.
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According to the Social Learning Theory, "thoughts and emotions are best understood in the context of behaviors associated with cognition or cognitive processes, and the extent to which individuals adapt and respond to different stimuli and make self judgments" (Hepworth, Rooney, Rooney, & Strom-Gottfried, 2017, 2013, p. 392). An individual learns throughout their lifespan of what their environment teaches them and influences their thought process towards themselves and life in general. An individual could have a negative response based upon how they cognitive feel about who they are and what they are able to accomplish. Intervention Strategies
Important concepts, principles, and/or value tenants associated with Interpersonal Psychotherapy is that the goal is to alleviate depressive symptoms, improve the interpersonal functioning by working through problems relating to change, loss, conflicts in relationships and to assist individuals to connect to positive supports. IPT involves working with individuals whom are symptomatic due to interpersonal dysfunctions (Ravitz, McBride, & Maunder, 2011). There are commonalities in all models of cognitive interventions making interventions brief and cost effective, focused on identifying specific problems through questioning, observing, gathering historical information. Another commonality is that the member will identify the problem and will work with the member to take
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