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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 144-152

Interpersonal psychotherapy knowledge dissemination in China

1 Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry, West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia, USA
2 The Brain Hospital of Hunan Province, Changsha, Hunan, China
3 School of Medicine, West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia, USA
4 Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia, USA
5 Second Xiangya Hospital, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan, China

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Wanhong Zheng
Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry, 930 Chestnut Ridge Road, West Virginia University School of Medicine, Morgantown, West Virginia 26505
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/hm.hm_52_21

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While many Chinese mental health professionals are familiar with modern psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) are the mainstream therapy education and practice in today's China. Interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) is a time-limited evidence-based psychotherapy that was originally developed for the treatment of depression. It has since been supported by over 250 randomized clinical trials in the treatment of various mental conditions including anxiety, and eating disorders. Despite good evidence for efficacy, IPT was not formally introduced to China until recently. This article describes a strategic plan for disseminating IPT knowledge in China and reports on current progress to date. We also summarize the discussion results from recent training lectures and workshops, and present suggestions for cultural adaptation per feedback from many enthusiastic trainees. Challenges and the future of promoting further integration of IPT as another effective psychotherapy option in China are discussed as well.

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