Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy: New Wine in an Old Bottle?

Alessandra Lemma, Mary Target and Peter Fonagy

in Brief Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780199602452
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729232 | DOI:
Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy: New Wine in an Old Bottle?

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This chapter contextualizes the development of DIT in the climate of evidence-based practice, which has been broadly hostile to psychodynamic interventions. It outlines the rationale for the development of this protocol in the work on developing competence frameworks and the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies initiative in the UK. Finally, it reviews its theoretical origins in attachment theory, object relations theory, and Harry Stack Sullivan's interpersonal psychoanalysis.

Keywords: DIT; evidence-based practice; Improving Access to Psychological Therapies; attachment theory; object relations theory; Harry Stack Sullivan; interpersonal psychoanalysis

Chapter.  14751 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Clinical Psychology

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