Dr. Myrna Weissman, a member of the StrongMinds Advisory Board, recently updated and expanded her book, The Guide to Interpersonal Psychotherapy. StrongMinds is based on a randomized control trial of Group Interpersonal Psychotherapy that took place in Uganda in 2002, which was conducted by Paul Bolton and many others. Dr. Weissman adapted the manual for the study along with Lena Verdeli and Kathy Clougherty who trained the health workers.
The new version of the book has more discussion of the international uses of Interpersonal Psychotherapy and collaborations with the World Health Organization. These new sections also include a bit about the work of StrongMinds and share how we use Group Interpersonal Psychotherapy in Africa to treat women with depression.
Sean Mayberry, the Executive Director of StrongMinds, explains, “We truly value having Dr. Weissman on our Advisory Board. She continues to advise us as we scale to reach more women in Africa. Her insight is irreplaceable and I was thrilled to see StrongMinds mentioned in the book.”
The book is available on Amazon.
Dr. Myrna Weissman is Professor of Epidemiology and Psychiatry, College of Physicians and Surgeons and the School of Public Health at Columbia University and Chief of the Department of Clinical-Genetic Epidemiology at New York State Psychiatric institute. Dr. Weissman along with her late husband Gerald Klerman developed Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), one of only a few empirically validated (EV) and manualized forms of therapy designed for the treatment of depression.2