ASWB Exam Prep: Interpersonal Psychotherapy

By Heidi Tobe on October 5, 2022

As we discussed last month in our blog on Gestalt Therapy, a challenge of the ASWB LMSW and LCSW exams is the breadth of content that can be tested. In particular, many different therapy theories can show up on the test. So today we cover another less commonly tested theory: Interpersonal Psychotherapy. 

Interpersonal Psychotherapy

Interpersonal Psychotherapy

Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) is an evidence-based therapy for Depressive Disorders, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Social Phobia and some Eating Disorders. IPT improves interpersonal functioning, thereby decreasing presenting symptoms. IPT is brief and attachment focused. It focuses on current problems and relationships rather than issues of childhood, thereby staying in the here and now. It is highly structured and time-limited, specifically taking around 12-16 sessions.

ASWB Practice Question

Interpersonal psychotherapy is an effective treatment model for people with all of the following diagnoses EXCEPT:

A. Schizophrenia.

B. Major Depressive Disorder.

C. Social Phobia.

D. Binge Eating Disorder.

(scroll for answer and rationale).


The correct answer is A: Schizophrenia. IPT is time-limited, so isn't the best fit for clients with chronic mental health issues. Despite the possibility of maintenance sessions, it is not the best choice for someone with Schizophrenia.

ASWB masters (LMSW) and clinical (LCSW) exam preparation

So, are you ready for the therapy theory questions on the ASWB exams? Our LMSW and LCSW exam prep programs will prepare you in all you need to know to successfully pass your licensure exam. If you’re stuck or looking for additional information as you go through our program, we're here for you! All of our exam prep programs come with access to a coach you can email anytime you have questions, so you're never alone.

Already licensed and intrigued by Interpersonal Psychotherapy? TDC continues to expand our CE library and are excited to offer a 4 CE hour course on Interpersonal Psychotherapy! Similar to our exam prep, we are passionate about our CE courses being accessible, engaging, and practical.


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