Global Dissemination of Interpersonal Therapy

About The Program

World Health Organization Manual for Interpersonal Therapy for Groups (IPT-G) Funded by World Health Organization

On October 11th, 2016, the World Health Organization formally launched Group Interpersonal Therapy for Depression, a manual co-developed by Dr. Lena Verdeli together with the founder of IPT Dr. Myrna Weissman and their collaborator Kathy Clougherty. The manual aims to guide non-specialists in the use of an evidence-based psychotherapy shown to alleviate debilitating depression, the leading cause of disability in populations around the globe. The manual is now being disseminated globally and is available free of charge on the WHO website. WHO now recommends IPT as a possible first-line treatment for depression. The manual has recently been translated and disseminated in Arabic, Russian, and Chinese.

In addition to Group Interpersonal Therapy, at the request of a World Health Organizational regional center, Dr. Myrna Weissman prepared a manual of IPT for use by community health workers.

For more information on Global Dissemination of IPT, please visit the Global Mental Health Lab at Teachers College website. Information can also be obtained from Dr. Lena Verdeli at Teachers College or Dr. Myrna Weissman in the Department of Psychiatry and Mailman School of Public Health.