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Interpersonal Psychotherapy for adolescents and adults:

An attachment-based intervention for depression and related disorders

Live on-line interactive introductory training – 16 hours active learning CPD (four x 4-hour sessions)

Next workshop dates: August 7, 15, 23 and 31, 2023, (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday)

9am – 1pm/1.30pm Australian EST

Due to breaks, please allow for sessions to finish up to 1.30pm

(Advanced level training is also available)


Presenter: Anthony Hillin BSW, M Adol MH

Certified IPT Trainer, Interpersonal Psychotherapy Institute

Co-author, Interpersonal Psychotherapy for adolescents: a clinician’s guide (2020)


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 16 hours of active learning CPD points


Early bird registration before July 10: AUS$640 for 16 hours training

Full fee: AUS$690

This workshop qualifies for 16 hours of active learning CPD points


Payment by credit card (at eventbrite) here

or by cheque/EFT on enquiry: anthony@anthonyhillin.com

About IPT

Interpersonal psychotherapy for adults (IPT) and adolescents (IPT-A) are brief, evidence-based interventions. More than 250 empirical studies support the efficacy and effectiveness of IPT/ IPT-A, for a variety of affective disorders, anxiety disorders, and eating disorders and for a wide range of clients from children to the elderly.

IPT/IPT-A are recognized as evidence-based by Australia’s Medicare Better Access initiative, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence in the UK and the International Cochrane Collaboration.

About this training

This introductory course will present an overview of IPT/IPT-A, including a brief summary of the theory and evidence base. The main focus of the training is on the development of the skills required to implement an effective IPT/IPT-A intervention.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the training participants will be able to:

  • Explain IPT theory
  • Summarise the evidence base for IPT
  • Outline the differences between IPT for adults and IPT for adolescents
  • Utilise a holistic framework in assessment and formulation that expands the biopsychosocial model to include cultural, spiritual, historical, political and environmental domains
  • Individualise an IPT intervention to best match key client variables
  • Describe the general techniques of IPT
  • Explain how attachment theory can inform IPT for adolescents and adults
  • Build on existing skills in assessment to demonstrate competencies in the assessment of:
    • client suitability for IPT/IPT-A
    • attachment style
    • the four Problem Areas
  • Conduct an Interpersonal Inventory
  • Transparently develop an Interpersonal formulation with the client
  • Outline ways of addressing the four Problem Areas of Complex Grief, Conflict, Role Transition, and Interpersonal Gaps
  • Utilise IPT timelines
  • Describe the conclusion of the acute phase of IPT and options for maintenance treatment
  • Integrate IPT/IPT-A in the Australian clinical context, including in mental health services, schools and private practice
  • Address the role of, and consider options for, supervision.
Learning methods

A range of learning methods is used including, didactic presentations, experiential exercises, demonstrations, small group activities, 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 registration, and to come to the course prepared to discuss one of their cases during training activities.

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 Presenter

Anthony Hillin is a certified IPT Trainer with the Interpersonal Psychotherapy Institute and in addition to providing training in Interpersonal Psychotherapy has also provided clinical supervision for therapists using IPT in Australia and the USA. Anthony has co-facilitate IPT training in the USA with Prof Scott Stuart, President, International Society of Interpersonal Psychotherapy.

Anthony is co-author of Interpersonal Psychotherapy for adolescents: a clinician’s guide (2020).

Anthony 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 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, Anthony co-developed Australia’s most comprehensive interagency training program in adolescent mental health for the NSW School-Link and Queensland Ed-LinQ initiatives. Anthony co-developed the NSW Aboriginal Grief and Loss Training Program. He has produced a range of face to face and online learning programs in mental health and wellbeing, including in IPT.

Course evaluation by previous participants

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)

This summary of over 50 x two-day courses facilitated by Anthony Hillin, or jointly co-presented by Anthony and Rob McAlpine, includes training for the Australian Psychological Society (NSW: Sydney, Central Coast, Mid North Coast, North Coast, Newcastle and Hunter Branches; 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), headspace (National, Riverina and Bathurst), Parramatta Mission, NSW Department of Education, Catholic Education and in the USA (Pasadena School District, Pacifica Clinics, Gateways Clinic, University of Iowa).

Endorsement quotes

“Anthony’s IPT training was a workshop that has really stayed with me. The delivery was thoughtful, dynamic and engaging, and Anthony’s expert approach and knowledge of the content were outstanding. We have had a number of our clinicians attend Anthony’s training, both online and in person, and they have all given overwhelming praise and built the confidence to provide IPT to their clients.”

Sam Kilby

headspace Clinical Services Manager

headspace Redcliffe, headspace Strathpine & headspace Taringa


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 10 July, 2023. 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.


Payment by credit card (at eventbrite) here

or by cheque/EFT on enquiry: anthony@anthonyhillin.com

Phone: 0438 972 449

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