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Empowering Excellence: Introduction to Interpersonal Psychotherapy

Event Details
Date: Ongoing
Venue: Online
CPD hrs: 2
CPD Category: 2 - Skills and Knowledge

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Organiser: AASW


This one hour online course provides an introduction to Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT). It is presented by Anthony Hillin (B. Soc. Stud (SW), M Adol MH, IPT Certified Interpersonal Psychotherapy Trainer), a social worker and one of Australia's leading experts in IPT .

IPT is a brief, attachment-based intervention. More than 250 empirical studies support the efficacy and effectiveness of IPT for a variety of affective disorders, anxiety disorders, and eating disorders, and for a wide range of clients from children to the elderly. IPT is recognised as an evidence-based intervention by many professional bodies including: Australia’s Better Access Medicare 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.

Whilst this module will not qualify you to deliver a complete IPT course of intervention, it will provide a sound overview of IPT tools, techniques and theory which may be immediately applicable to your clinical work. Registrants may also find IPT's focus on the 'interpersonal dimension' directly relevant to the range of therapeutic interventions already utilised in their practice.

"The transparent and collaborative nature of IPT is a perfect match for the ethics and values of the social work profession. IPT provides an evidence-based framework within which clinicians can utilise and build on many of their existing skills" - Anthony Hillin.
This workshop is best suited to social workers and/or allied health professionals specialising in (or interested in specialising in) mental health practice.

Course objectives

This introductory course will provide participants with an understanding of:

  • The theory, structure, and evidence base of IPT
  • The criteria for assessing client suitability for IPT
  • The importance of placing the client’s disorder in an interpersonal context
  • The role of psychoeducation about mental disorders and therapy
  • The four Problem Areas that IPT addresses: Complex Grief, Interpersonal Disputes, Role Transitions, and Interpersonal Gaps

Presenter details

Anthony Hillin is a social worker and certified IPT Trainer with the Interpersonal Psychotherapy Institute. He has provided introductory IPT training to over 4000 clinicians and provides clinical supervision for therapists using IPT in Australia and the USA. This work has included co-facilitating training programs with Prof Scott Stuart, Former President of, International Society of Interpersonal Psychotherapy, in Australia and the USA. Anthony also provides advanced-level training in IPT.

Anthony has over 30 year’s experience working on adolescent and adult issues as a clinician, trainer and manager of an adolescent mental health service. His training and consultancy have 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, experiential learning design & team building. Anthony co-developed and delivered the NSW Aboriginal Grief and Loss Training Program.

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. He co-delivered this suite of five two-day workshops in depression, anxiety, and related issues to over 4,000 mental health clinicians, school & TAFE psychologists, social workers, and related staff.

In addition to providing training, Anthony’s also provides consultancy, facilitation, and policy development. Contact:

Method of delivery

Once you have registered for this course, all online content is available to view at your convenience via the AASW SWOT Platform.

Please ensure that your email address is accurate and updated when you register.


The online workshop duration is one hour, with additional time required for completion of reflective exercises.

CPD for Credentials

This course can be claimed under Focussed Psychological Strategies (FPS), Mental Health and Clinical for CPD purposes, consistent with the CPD Goals and Hours Requirements.

Find out more today about opportunities to have your specialised social work skills recognised.


AASW member price: $99
AASW student price: $49
Non-member price: $149



  1. Register for this course by following the link to the right
  2. Upon registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing all access instructions.

For further information regarding the Empowering Excellence Program, please contact us on [email protected].

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers