IAPT Training

Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT)

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Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT)

Accredited IAPT Practitioner Training

Training Provider: The Anna Freud Centre and The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust
Venue: Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, London, NW3 5SU
Dates: 16th – 20th April 2018


This course is free for professionals in Yorkshire and Humber and North West regions who meet eligibility criteria. Please note - priority will be given to individuals working in an IAPT commissioned services. If candidates are currently not working in an IAPT service, they will be asked to provide a statement from their Manager that explains how it is intended that the training will be implemented to develop Step 3 IAPT capacity (please see application form for details).

Cost (if not eligible for funding and self-funding): £3.300


About the training

Health Education England has commissioned the training in Brief Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT)  as an IAPT-approved high intensity therapy for work with adults, for professionals based in Yorkshire and Humber and North West region. Therefore, DIT training is free for therapists with an interest and experience of psychoanalytic/dynamic psychotherapy who meet the eligibility criteria and are based in the Yorkshire and Humber, and North West regions.

The training has two main parts: a 4-day taught course and 1 day role play exercise that follows the competency framework for treating depression through DIT; and subsequent supervised and assessed practice (two cases for 16 sessions each – all session taped) over approximately 6 to 9 months.  

Who is this course suitable for?

The accredited IAPT practitioner training is only for clinicians who have an initial qualification and experience in psychoanalytic/dynamic psychotherapy.  Only those individuals who a) meet the entry criteria below and b) who pass the role play exercise at the end of the course can then go on to supervised clinical practice in order to become practitioners in DIT. 

The pre-entry requirements are:
• Evidence of a course of study (this could be through different courses over time) that has exposed you to the fundamentals of psychoanalytic theory as specified in the Psychodynamic Competences framework (see: www.ucl.ac.uk/CORE or the attached form)
• A minimum of 150hrs of supervised psychodynamic work
• At least one year of weekly personal psychodynamic psychotherapy/counselling
• At least two years’ employment in an NHS or voluntary institution working in a therapeutic capacity with patients with mental health problems
• HPC, BPC, UKCP or BACP registration



The course is funded by Health Education England for professionals who meet the above eligibility criteria and who provide psychological therapies in ogranisations, which are part of an IAPT service. If you do meet above criteria but your organisation is not part of an IAPT service/is not commissioned by the NHS, you will have to fund the DIT training yourself or look for funding from your organisation.


Applying for the course
Applicants who meet the eligibility criteria are welcome to apply.

Please note: Places will initially be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

To book a place on this course please download and complete the form from DIT website and send it to Marta Wojciechowska at Anna Freud Centre.


Foundation Training
We recognise that not everyone who is interested in DIT training will currently meet the eligibility criteria to undertake the practitioner level courses. With the support of Health Education England we are keen to offer foundation courses to help develop a wider group of professionals who would be able to go on to qualify as IAPT Practitioners.  Depending on your starting point this may mean completing a full foundation training, such as the Foundation Course in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (D58L), or perhaps undertaking additional supervised work. 

For enquiries please contact: Ellie Pekala, Course Administrator