Positive-Interactive-Behavioral Therapy (P-IBT):
Positive Group Psychotherapy for Individuals with IDD

5-Day Training Course in New Hampshire


arial view of UNH campus

August 15-19, 2022
at the University of New Hampshire

This 30-hour week-long in-person course will provide attendees with the skills and tools needed to facilitate P-IBT sessions within their own practice settings. A multi-modal instruction approach includes didactic lectures, group discussion, demonstrations, and experiential learning through expressive writing and role-playing.

Intended Audience: Mental health therapists/counselors, social workers, service coordinators/care coordinators, and direct support professionals that support individuals with IDD and mental health needs. No credentials required. Space is limited.


When:

Monday, August 15th - Friday, August 19th  
9:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday-Thursday (breakfast & lunch provided)
9:00 am -11:00 am Friday (breakfast provided)
Morning and afternoon refreshments provided each day

Where: 

University of New Hampshire Campus
Memorial Union Building, Room 164
83 Main St, Durham, NH 03824

Cost: 

$1,249

 

Instructor: Dan Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP
Teachers College, Columbia University


Space is limited - Register today!

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Course Description:

This 30-hour week-long in-person course will provide attendees with the skills and tools needed to facilitate P-IBT sessions within their own practice settings. A multi-modal instruction approach includes didactic lectures, group discussion, demonstrations, and experiential learning through expressive writing and role-playing. Participants will receive a certificate of completion in P-IBT, confirming achievement of learning objectives and the skillset to facilitate P-IBT groups in their communities. This certificate will also include 3.0 UNH CEUs (30 contact hours).

Additional Information for P-IBT Course Registrants

About P-IBT:

There is significant verification that mental health conditions are more prevalent among people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) than the general population (Durbin, Sirotich, Lunsky, & Durbin, 2017). Psychotherapy research is scarce and training for therapists and other service providers is rare. However, there is mounting evidence that shows that persons with IDD benefit from psychotherapy, especially group therapy and can have more productive, meaningful lives. Positive Interactive Behavior Therapy (P-IBT) combines two evidence-informed therapeutic approaches for people with IDD:

  1. Interactive-Behavioral Therapy (IBT) was developed in the 80’s and has become one of the most widely used forms of group psychotherapy for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and mental health concerns. It uses a modification of theory and technique borrowed from other models in group psychotherapy and has evolved over the past thirty-five years. The model’s theoretical underpinnings, as well as many of its techniques, are drawn directly from psychodrama as originated by J. L. Moreno (Marineau, 2007) as well as Irvin Yalom’s work on therapeutic factors (1995). A four-stage format is used for IBT: (1) orientation, (2) warm-up and sharing, (3) enactment, and (4) affirmation.

  2. Positive psychotherapy (PPT):  A strengths-based approach that seeks to build on what’s “strong” rather than what’s “wrong”. Integrating PPT into the existing IBT framework has resulted in a more robust approach to identifying and prompting therapeutic change through character strength-spotting, activation of positive emotions, and relationship-building interventions.

 

References:

Durbin, A., Sirotich, F., Lunsky, Y., & Durbin, J. (2017). Unmet needs of adults in community mental health care with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities: A cross-sectional study. Community Mental Health Journal53(1), 15-26.

Marineau, R. F. (2007). The birth and development of sociometry: The work and legacy of Jacob Moreno (1889–1974). Social psychology quarterly70(4), 322-325.