Treating Bipolar Disorder

A Clinician's Guide to Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy

About the Course:

This course is based on an innovative manual that presents a powerful approach for helping people manage bipolar illness and protect against the recurrence of manic or depressive episodes. Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy focuses on stabilizing moods by improving medication adherence, building coping skills and relationship satisfaction, and shoring up the regularity of daily rhythms or routines. Each phase of this flexible, evidence-based treatment is vividly detailed, from screening, assessment, and case conceptualization through acute therapy, maintenance treatment, and periodic booster sessions. Among the special features are reproducible assessment tools and a chapter on how to overcome specific treatment challenges.


Guilford Press

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Frank, Ellen, PhD

About the Author:

Ellen Frank, PhD, is Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She received her doctorate in psychology from the University of Pittsburgh in 1979. Dr. Frank’s work focuses on the treatment of mood disorders, with particular emphasis on the prevention of recurrence. She is the author of over 350 journal articles, books, and book chapters.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially psychologists, counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about the use of Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy in the treatment of bipolar disorder. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Explain the genesis and development of Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy (IPSRT).

  2. Describe the types of patients most likely to benefit from IPSRT.

  3. Analyze empirically supported therapies for bipolar disorder.

  4. Summarize significant aspects of assessment of bipolar disorder, individualized case formulation, and orienting patients to IPSRT treatment.

  5. Identify ways to manage symptoms and monitor progress of bipolar disorder using IPSRT, including methods of intervention in interpersonal problem areas.

  6. Describe the therapeutic relationship, how to deal with poor outcomes, and discontinuing treatment using IPSRT.

  7. Demonstrate familiarity with the materials presented in the appendices and be able to apply them with appropriate clients.

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Course Number: 101294
Credit Hours: 14cr
NBCC Credit Hours: 14cr
Exam Fee: $97.58
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