IPT workshops

Interpersonal Psychotherapy for adolescents and adults:

An attachment-based intervention for depression and related disorders

A two-day introductory workshop

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Workshop details: 

Time: 9.00 am – 4.30 pm

Presenters:    Anthony Hillin B Soc Stud (SW), M Adol MH

Rob McAlpine PhD, MAPS

Certified IPT Trainers, Interpersonal Psychotherapy Institute

(The workshop is presented by Anthony, or Anthony and Rob, depending on the group size)

This course has a limited number of participants to create an intensive learning experience

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

AASW Endorsement reference AASW150901

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 clients 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 (the detail of this will be provided in pre-course reading).
  • 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.
  • Demonstrate and describe the four problem areas: Complex grief, Interpersonal disputes, Role transition 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, general practitioners etc.

The Presenters

Anthony Hillin and Rob McAlpine are certified IPT Trainers with the Interpersonal Psychotherapy Institute. Anthony and Rob have provided introductory IPT training to over 4000 clinicians and provide clinical supervision for therapists using IPT in Australia and the USA. This work as 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 years experience with IPT and IPT-A. Rob also provides training and supervision in managing trauma using imagery reprocessing.

Anthony Hillin has over 30 years experience working on adolescent and adult issues, as a clinician, trainer and manager of an adolescent mental health service. His training and consultancy 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, Anthony and Rob 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 delivered this suite of five two-day workshops in depression, anxiety and related issues to over 4,000 mental health clinicians, school and TAFE psychologists, social workers and related staff.

The workshop is presented by Anthony, or Anthony and Rob, depending on the group size.

Course evaluation by previous participants

In a summary of written participant evaluations of 36 two-day courses facilitated by Anthony and Rob 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 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.”

Scott Stuart

Director, IPT Institute; Former President, International Society for IPT; 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 (Australia)


“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 McAlpine have established a strong reputation as expert trainers in their field”.

Simone Caynes PhD
Senior Policy Advisor, Queensland Mental Health Commission (Australia)


Cancelled bookings will receive a full refund up until 27 September (Sydney workshop)/9 November (Brisbane workshop). After these dates 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.


The number of places is limited to facilitate an intensive learning experience.  We recommend you book early to avoid disappointment as the workshop often sells out in advance.

Registration:    Locations and dates to be confirmed.

Payment is by credit card, or by cheque/EFT on enquiry.

Enquiries: email: anthony@anthonyhillin.com

phone: (02) 9523 3567