The Prospect Model

Prospect Model Strands

The Prospect Model is a matched-care model for the provision of Interpersonal Psychotherapy aiming to improve wellbeing and lower distress through adapted interventions informed by attachment theory and the understanding that interpersonal relationships really matter.


3 hour seminar that gives frontline staff the opportunity to develop an interpersonal approach to daily work.

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What is it

This is an opportunity staff to develop a greater understanding of the importance and the impact of interpersonal relationships. This 3-hour learning seminar will focus on ‘why relationships are important to our mental health’. It will do so by having a specific focus on attachment theory, which provides a theoretical understanding of the importance of interpersonal relationships. This seminar will help participants to review and reflect on the importance of their daily interactions. As such, the seminar aims to develop participants’ awareness of the effect of their daily interactions with patients/clients in the workplace.

Target Audience

Staff and volunteers who work with members of the public on a daily basis.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will:

  • Increase their understanding of interpersonal relationships and how such relationships can impact on mental health and general wellbeing.

  • Develop their understanding of the importance of their daily interactions in and out of the workplace.

  • Understand what is meant by having an ‘Interpersonal Approach/Context’ to their everyday work.

IPC (also t-IPC)

6 session model aiming to contain distress linked to interpersonal relationships (can be delivered via the telephone).

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What is it

Interpersonal Counselling (IPC) is a brief version of ‘Interpersonal Psychotherapy’, an evidence based treatment derived from attachment theory. IPC is a time limited, brief, person-centred, six session model designed for the management of distress due to common mental health difficulties (e.g. depression and anxiety), physical illness (communicable as well as non-communicable conditions) and chronic pain, or from exposure to adverse events promoting attention to relationship based issues. IPC is not directed at the management of any one specific diagnosis, rather it focuses on the interpersonal context of the individual’s symptoms of distress. IPC is a ‘stand alone’ individual therapy focusing on ‘here and now’ problems in the realm of the interpersonal life of the individuals- grief, marital, family and other relational disputes, changes in life as well as loneliness and isolation.

Target Audience

Primary care personnel such as physicians/physician assistants, nurse/nurse assistants, community health workers or peer mentors can use IPC with individuals who experience distress related to interpersonal issues after 2 days of IPC training.

Learning Outcomes

  • To give staff an appropriate 6 session model for clients presenting in their services.

  • To increase access to psychological interventions.

  • To alleviate symptoms of stress/distress in individuals with symptoms of anxiety and depression, prevent the worsening of symptoms though intervention at the earliest stage possible.


4 session model for emergency department mental health professionals to use with patients following an episode of self harm/poisoning.

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What is it

The Edinburgh Early Intervention Model (E-EIM) is a three-staged tiered model for early response following a traumatic event. The model consists of eight possible sessions over three stages with three potential exit points after sessions 2, 4 and 8. To complete all eight sessions can take between 11 and 19 weeks. Stage one is an abbreviated version of Edinburgh Psychological First Aid (E-PFA). Stage two and three are based on the especially adapted version of Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) for depression, IPT-post trauma (IPT-PT). Social support, a post-exposure protective factor, is a focus here.

Target Audience

Individuals who are in distress and have symptoms due to a recent specific traumatic event.

Learning Outcomes

  • Offer a therapeutic treatment model aimed at reducing distress following a traumatic event

  • To alleviate the effects of traumatic life events

  • Decrease the stress attributable to those traumatic events

  • To provide assistance with any practical concerns in the immediate aftermath of trauma and thereby prevent further discomfort and distressTo optimise the potential emotional and practical support available from within the individual’s interpersonal network.


A three-staged tiered model over 8 possible sessions for early response following a traumatic event.

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What is it

IPT-AC is a brief version of IPT that is delivered over 4 sessions to people presenting in acute psychological distress. IPT-AC aims to reduce distress, and decrease the risk of self harm and suicide by providing the intervention as soon as possible after presentation. It aims to improve help seeking from the individual's natural network, develop problem-solving skills and assist appropriate access to other services.

The 4 sessions focus on:

  • The reduction and normalisation of distress.

  • The acceptance of painful affect.

  • Problem solving (clarifying and naming the problem and making sense of it).

  • Understanding who is there for the client (using the Interpersonal Inventory).

  • Enhancement of interpersonal relationships (including appropriate help-seeking from services).

  • Agreement of goals and ways to work on them.

  • Preparing for future problems (including signposting to further help or support).

Target Audience

For trained nurses who work regularly with patients who present in acute distress following a self-harm/self poisoning or suicidal ideation.

Learning Outcomes

  • Provide nurses with a therapeutic treatment model aimed at reducing distress.

  • To increase access to psychological interventions.

  • Decrease the risk of self harm and suicide by providing the intervention as soon as possible after presentation.

Further Contact Details:

Training Contact Details:

Suzy Cooke

Clinical Lead for The Prospect Model
Dr. Patricia Graham
Research Lead for The Prospect Model
Dr. Debra Bowyer
Dr. Richard Cosway
IPT-Perinatal, IPT-Gender, IPT-Group
or IPT-Self Guided
Dr. Catherine McKinven
Catherine Moar and Claire Bashford
Strategic Lead for The Prospect Model
Dr Linda Irvine-Fitzpatrick