PRA Psychology provides training for organisations, and for health professionals. Please contact Wendy Rushton on 07 55261212 or for further details. An example of a previous workshop is:

 IPT Workshop 2014/15

Paul Rushton will be conducting IPT Basics and Beyond workshops at the Novotel in Brisbane on 27 & 28 October 2014.  These workshops will be a standard two day introductory workshop on IPT.  The Brisbane workshop will be limited to 60 participants. To register your interest please email Wendy Rushton at or complete the attached registration form. Click on Training above and select “Training Registration form”. It will then be downloaded to your computer. Please note: The early bird rate has been extended to 60 days prior to the event.

Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) is a semi-structured, time-limited therapy with demonstrated efficacy for a range of conditions including Depression and Bulimia. IPT was developed in the late 1970s as a brief structured psychological treatment for Depression. It later rose to prominence when it compared favourably to CBT and Medication in the NIMH Treatment of Depression study conducted in the mid 1980s. The efficacy of IPT as a treatment alternative or adjunct to other approaches has since been confirmed in numerous studies for conditions as diverse as Post-Natal Depression, and Bulimia. Despite these developments, many practitioners within Australia have received little exposure to IPT education and training.

IPT does not engage the patient at the level of symptom formation but rather helps to reduce psychological stress by intervention in psychosocial function. IPT therefore targets four problem areas: Role Transitions, Grief, Interpersonal Disputes and Interpersonal Deficits/Sensitivity. IPT is grounded in attachment and communication theories and uses a number of key techniques including communication analysis, role playing and processing of affect. This presentation will review the basic components of IPT and will highlight its relevance to a range of disorders especially depression. For practitioners with specialisations in other therapies, IPT can be a useful alternative or adjunct to your current practice. Practitioners using other approaches find the emphasis on attachment and process affect to be particularly informative.

The workshop will provide an overview of the theory, structure, evidence base and clinical application for IPT. Case studies and role plays will be utilized to enhance participants’ understanding of the application of IPT.  For further information on IPT visit

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Enhanced knowledge of the theory underpinning IPT
  2. Enhanced knowledge of the structure of IPT
  3. Enhanced knowledge of the evidence base for IPT
  4. Familiarity with key IPT techniques
  5. Increased competence in delivering IPT in clinical practice


Paul Rushton is a Clinical Psychologist and the Managing Director of PRA Consulting, a firm based on the Gold Coast that specialises in psychological therapies and employee assistance. He has extensive experience in a range of areas including clinical psychology, injury management, and public mental health. He has held adjunct academic appointments as a Clinical Assistant Professor at Bond University, Lecturer at Griffith University (Gold Coast Campus) in post-graduate CBT, and Sessional Lecturer with the Medical School at the University of Queensland. He is a member of the Clinical College of the APS.

Paul is considered one of the leading authorities on clinical training in IPT in the pacific region. He has conducted over eighty workshops on IPT in five countries. He  regularly provides training workshops nationally and internationally, for organisations as diverse as the Australian Psychological Society and the Singapore Government. In 2004/5 he conducted an IPT workshop tour across Australia for the APS. His last tour for PsychOZ  attracted 500 registrants in four cities. He has collaborated on research for IPT with PTSD and Chronic Depression. Paul embraces a variety of different therapeutic approaches.

  In-house training programs are offered for organisations. Packages can be developed for 2, 4 and 8 hour training periods upon request. Presentation topics include:

  • Stress management
  • Anxiety management
  • Understanding and managing Depression
  • Coping with change
  • Alcohol and drug awareness
  • Conflict resolution
  • Communication skills
  • Team building
  • Balancing work and leisure
  • Workplace bullying
  • Workplace wellbeing

Professional/training workshops are available on request in a wide variety of areas including Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), and Working with emotions directly (integrating approaches like IPT, EFT and Psychodynamics). Workshops are regularly provided for organisatons as diverse as:

PsychOZ training

The Australian Psychological Society

Singapore Police

Queensland mental health services

In 2012 workshops are scheduled for Auckland, Melbourne, Sydney, Tweed Coast and Townsville.

To enquire further about what is already on offer and to request a workshop please email Paul Rushton on