Implementation of Interpersonal Psychotherapy

Status

Training and data collection ongoing; no longer recruiting college or university-based counseling centers for participation

Description

Although evidence-based psychotherapies have been developed over the past 40 years, these treatments are often not used by therapists in the community. This is partly because efficient training methods have not been developed for these often quite complex therapies. To begin to address this problem, 24 college or University- based counseling centers across the U.S. are taking part in a collaborative study which compares two different methods to train therapists in interpersonal psychotherapy. This psychotherapy has been shown to be effective for the treatment of eating disorders and depression, two common problems on college campuses. We are interested in how well therapists use interpersonal psychotherapy and how much the students that they are treating improve. We are also interested in how well the therapists’ new skills are maintained over time. The costs of implementing the two training programs will also be compared.