The Prospect Model

One Theory, One Intervention, Different Populations, Settings & Time Frames

The Prospect Model (Irvine et al., 2016; Graham, et al., 2017), based on earlier work by Irvine et al., (2012) is a matched care model that provides Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) across a range of settings.

The model uses one theory, Attachment Theory and one intervention, Interpersonal Psychotherapy; acknowledging that relationships don’t just matter, they really matter.

The overarching aim of The Prospect Model is to increase access to psychological services by providing the evidence-based IPT across Lothian.

IPT is a time-limited, practical intervention that aims to improve wellbeing and reduce individuals’ symptoms by improving interactions with people, including the ability to seek-help. IPT brings together psychological, biological and social factors to better understand the client’s distress and focuses on the relationships that a person currently has within their lives. Thinking, behaviour and experience are all heavily influenced by interpersonal relationships and attachment; both early and current. One key element of the intervention is to emphasise the importance of life events whether predicted or unexpected in triggering and sustaining distress in mental health.

Prospect Model Strands

Overview of the model strands that are currently being used in a variety of settings aiming to make IPT, an 'A' rated evidence based intervention, more accessible.

Strands in Development

The Prospect Model are currently in the process of adapting the IPT model to suit a variety of differing profiles (symptoms, characteristics and level of need) and for various settings.

Resources & Research

Click here for manuals, training resources and further information on the Prospect Model . You can also read research that has been carried out and presented/published.


The model has brought IPT into community settings whilst retaining the 7 essential principles of IPT:


Medical Model

“You are a person in,
distress, symptoms we recognise etc.”


Sick Role

“Take care of yourself; who can help?”


IP Inventory

“Who is in your life?”



are specifically linked to the onset of the problem: “Grief, dispute, transition, loneliness.”



symptom reduction and improved social functioning not personality.



limits specified


Current here

and now focus

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