Interpersonal therapy for children

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Interpersonal Psychotherapy is also called IPT. IPT is typically a time limited psychotherapy, which focuses on a few areas in a person´s life. Typically role transition, role disputes. But the idea is in a limited way you use the therapist to examine critically how your relationships are playing out in terms of your symptoms. So for a teenager, for instance, Interpersonal Psychotherapy can be a useful intervention, for instance, if the family is going through a divorce. It is a time limited response that the child is going to have and Interpersonal Therapy would reassure, of course, that it is not their fault but figure out how they are going to navigate this role transition in the family system. IPT is an interesting psychotherapy. It is also compelling because it is short term. It is often hard to know what therapies a therapist is trained in, so I encourage people to ask them. Do you know how to do cognitive behavior therapy? Do you know how to do Interpersonal Psychotherapy.

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Kenneth Duckworth, MD

Psychiatrist, Harvard Professor & Medical Director for NAMI

Ken Duckworth, MD, serves as the medical director for NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. He is triple board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Adult, Child and Adolescent, and Forensic Psychiatry and has extensive experience in the public health arena.

Dr. Duckworth is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor at Harvard University Medical School, and has served as a board member of the American Association of Community Psychiatrists. Dr. Duckworth has held clinical and leadership positions in community mental health, school psychiatry and now also works as Associate Medical Director for Behavioral Health at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts.

Prior to joining NAMI in 2003, Dr. Duckworth served as Acting Commissioner of Mental Health and the Medical Director for Department of Mental Health of Massachusetts, as a psychiatrist on a Program of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT) team, and Medical Director of the Massachusetts Mental Health Center.

Dr. Duckworth attended the University of Michigan where he graduated with honors and Temple University School of Medicine where he was named to the medical honor society, AOA. While at Temple, he won awards for his work in psychiatry and neurology. He also has a family member living with mental illness.

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