ISIPT

International Society for Interpersonal Psychotherapy / ISIPT

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Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) was developed and initially tested in the 1970’s by Myrna Weissman, Ph.D. and Gerald Klerman, Ph.D. As scientific evidence accumulated showing that IPT is a treatment that works for several disorders, investigators became interested in coming together to share their ideas about IPT research and training. Therapists also sought the company of colleagues to better understand IPT, improve their therapy technique, and learn about the newest developments in IPT.

IPT professionals began gathering informally to further the study and practice of IPT. The earliest gatherings of IPT professionals were held in conjunction with meetings of the American Psychiatric Association in the late 1990’s, organized by John Markowitz, M.D. In 2002, the International Society for Interpersonal Psychotherapy (ISIPT) was formally incorporated in Australia under the leadership of Rebecca Reay, R.N. and Michael Robertson, M.D. The organization was moved to the United States in 2010 under the leadership of Scott Stuart, M.D. and incorporated in Iowa City, Iowa. ISIPT’s first formal elections were held in 2015. Holly Swartz, M.D. is ISIPT’s first elected President, serving for a two-year term, in accordance with newly ratified bylaws. In 2015, ISIPT was reincorporated in Brentwood, Tennessee.

Since 2002, the activities of ISIPT have been directed toward furthering IPT research and training, and supporting the professional development of IPT professionals. ISIPT activities are primarily educational, as exemplified by our bi-annual conference. The first scientific meeting was held in Pittsburgh in 2004 with the goal of enabling professionals to learn more about IPT. Prior ISIPT conferences are listed below.

Year

Conference

Organizers

2004

1st IsIPT Conference in Pittsburgh

Ellen Frank, Holly Swartz

2006

2nd IsIPT Conference in Toronto

Paula Ravitz

2009

3rd IsIPT Conference in New York City

Lena Verdeli, Laura Mufson

2011

4th IsIPT Conference in Amsterdam

Mark Blom

2013

5th IsIPT Conference in Iowa City

Scott Stuart

2015

6th IsIPT Conference in London

Roslyn Law

Since 2013, ISIPT has hosted a listserv to facilitate communication amongst its members and encourage open dialogue on topics related to IPT. In 2015, there are over 400 members from 25 countries represented on the listserv. Membership in the listserv is open to ISIPT members.

To join, visit the listserv webpage http://groups.google.com/group/isipt-list and request permission to join. Potential listserv members will be asked to provide 2-3 sentences describing prior IPT training/experience to justify inclusion in ISIPT.

 

ISIPT EXECUTIVE COUNCIL 2015-2017

OFFICERS

President
Holly A. Swartz, MD
Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh, USA

Vice-President/President Elect
Paula Ravitz, MD
Associate Professor & Morgan Firestone Psychotherapy Chair, University of Toronto, Canada

Secretary
Sue Luty, B.M., B.S., FRANZCP, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Otago, New Zealand

Treasurer
Heather Flynn, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Research, Florida State University, USA

Past President
Scott Stuart, M.D.
Professor of Psychiatry, University of Iowa, USA

FOUNDER OF INTERPERSONAL PSYCHOTHERAPY

Myrna Weissman, Ph.D.
Diane Goldman Kemper Family Professor of Epidemiology and Psychiatry
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, USA