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Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy (IPSRT)

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Apr 04, 2014 09:00 AM to
Apr 05, 2014 05:00 PM


Mount Sinai Hospital, exact location TBD

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416 586-4800 x2473


Suitable for supervisory faculty, psychiatrists, GP-psychotherapists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, OTs, etc.

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DATES: April 4 & 5, 2014 


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  • Regular: $395

  • Members of GPPA: $355.50

  • UofT Psychiatry & MSH Psychiatry Staff: $295.00

  • Psychiatry Residents: Free (limited spacing)


Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy (IPSRT) is an empirically-supported individual psychotherapy for the treatment of adults with bipolar disorder. This innovative approach to the management of bipolar disorder was developed by Ellen Frank and colleagues at the University of Pittsburgh and has now been shown to be efficacious in preventing relapse of mania and depression and in treating acute episodes of bipolar depression when used in combination with pharmacotherapy.  Open studies suggest that it has utility as a monotherapy for adults with bipolar II disorder and for adolescents with bipolar I or II illness.  IPSRT combines a behavioral approach to increasing the regularity of daily routines (social rhythms) with an interpersonal approach to coping with the stresses of the bipolar illness itself, as well as with common interpersonal stressors and social role problems.  This approach has now been expanded to include group models for inpatient, intensive outpatient (day-hospital) and standard outpatient treatment.


This 2-day interactive course with simulations and role-plays will provide an overview IPSRT including the theoretical rationale with skill-building in: using the IPSRT Illness History Timeline and the Social Rhythm Metric (SRM); identifying interpersonal problem areas; and interweaving IPT interventions with social rhythm regulation work.   IPSRT adaptations to group formats and to working with adolescents and the elderly will be also presented.



Cancellation and Refund Policy

A $50.00 handling fee will be deducted upon cancellation.  Refund requests must be received in writing at least 2 weeks prior to the start date.  No refunds will be given after this time.


If you would like more information or would like to be contacted as soon as registration opens, please contact Connie Kim at