Please read on to find out more about our History, Executive Committee and Training Committee
Interpersonal Psychotherapy UK (IPT UK) is a multi-disciplinary interest group for people involved in the training, practice and theory of Interpersonal Psychotherapy.
Our members are from a wide range of backgrounds including Clinical Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, Psychiatrists, Nurses, CBT Therapists, Counsellors and Psychotherapists.
History In the late 1990’s there were a small number of individuals who were trained in IPT and developed training in their local areas (London, Leicester, Durham, Edinburgh). A specialist interest group was set up to share ideas, collaborate and consider ways to further develop IPT with meetings held at different locations across the UK. A small core group (Helen Birchall, from Leicester (now retired), Roslyn Law (working in Edinburgh) and Liz Robinson (Durham)) developed standardised measures to use when assessing IPT trainees.
Although there were many training courses offered, there were few therapists who continued to work with training cases after the initial training course. In 2011 the government funded the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme set up a central team to training IPT therapists in England. Roslyn Law led the central team which ran for 2 years, however, funding changes meant that training was commissioned in each region and the central team was disbanded. Training programmes delivered by different training institutions across the UK have continued since then including IAPT and non-IAPT training courses. The IAPT programme also funded the provision of IPT-A training (since 2014). The IAPT training has significantly swollen the numbers of accredited IPT therapists and as of June 2020 we have approximately 800 members.
Most of the work provided to develop IPT UK as an organisation has been provided on goodwill basis; there were no funds available at all until 2000 when £9000 was donated into a bank account from Durham Training Institution when their Research Unit closed. Small amounts were used to set up a website and plan some conferences, which generated more income. In 2015 IPT UK was set up as a limited company, and a year later fees were charged to members. There are now two part time administrators employed by IPT UK, and the work by the executive members continue on a voluntary basis.
Who are the IPT UK Executive Committee?
The Executive Committee is led by the IPT UK Chair & Deputy Chair, who also manage the IPT UK administration and day-to-day running of IPT UK. Other Committee members include the Chair of the Training Committee, IAPT Leads and Research and Development Leads.
The Executive Committee is responsible for the general running of IPT UK as an organisation. The committee attends bi-monthly meetings to discuss any current issues and the progress each committee member has made towards their individual goals for their role. Two of these meetings coincide with the IPT UK National Meetings, which are held in different locations each time, at which each Committee member is asked to deliver a short presentation on their work over the previous six months.
The Executive Committee are committed to:
Ensuring an effective relationship between IPT UK and the membership
Widening access to members nationwide through rotation of the location of National Meetings across the UK regions, and promoting access to CPD events
Ensuring that the quarterly newsletter goes out on time to keep members up to date with current issues and events
Representing IPT UK to external agencies and organisations in order to maintain the organisation's professional standing
Maintaining professional standards with regards to handling personal data and decision making, based on published policies.
Supporting the IPT UK administrators with responding to member enquiries where required, and to ensure the smooth running of the organisation’s administration
Key policies: What you need to know and where to find them: All of the key IPT UK policies can be found on the IPT UK website policies page.
IPT UK EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 2021
IPT UK has two members of staff who are responsible for the administration of the organisation. Rachael concentrates on the membership admin and newsletter, and Fiona is responsible for operations and finance. Both work part-time and will endeavour to respond to queries as soon as possible.
Who are the IPT UK Training Committee?
The IPT UK National Training Committee is made up of IPT and IPT-A course directors from around the UK. The Committee's overarching goal is to maintain the standards of IPT training and practice across the IPT UK membership. We meet every two months to discuss a range of recurring agenda items. These include, but are not limited to, the following such items:
Considering requests for accreditation extensions
Reviewing and assessing submissions for new IPT UK accredited training programs
Reviewing submissions for trainer accreditation
Processing complaints about IPT UK members
Strategic planning for greater engagement with stakeholders
Any other accreditation related matters - such as reviewing IPT paperwork, reviewing CPD policies & coordination and review of training events.