DIT 20-day training programme (Extended DIT or e-DIT)
The extended DIT programme provides counsellors and psychologists working in IAPT who do not meet psychodynamic competencies with a structure within which to conduct a time limited (16 sessions), manualized psychodynamic therapy. It is a postgraduate certificate level training for IAPT employees.
You will become a DIT Practitioner on successful completion of the full training (The course is accredited by The British Psychoanalytic Council).
The training consists of:
- Pre-course reading, preparation and assessment
- 20 x teaching days
- Supervision on 3 training cases (trainees will be allocated a supervisor and will have remote supervision in groups or 2 or 3)
1. Eligibility criteria and the 20-day training
A Diploma level qualification in counselling (not necessarily psychodynamic) or a psychology doctorate degree (clinical, counselling, health or forensic) is the minimum entry requirement. Applicants will need to have a full BACP, UKCP or HCPC registration as part of their core qualification.
The training provides a basic introduction sufficient to enable participants to begin practicing this manualized treatment with supervision. The course includes presentation of theories and techniques, observation of live role-plays, discussion and formulation of specific cases.
Cost of the training
£9,000 per person for training, supervision and assessments
The training includes supervision on 3 training cases (24 supervision hours in total).
Supervision should not take more than 18 months to complete and we strongly recommend that supervision is successfully completed within 2 years from completing the 5-day training. If supervision is not successfully completed within 3 years, without attendance at the DIT Refresher training the trainee will be required to repeat the training. Once the refresher course has been attended further supervision time is provided for completion of the training.
The supervised practice component will involve seeing three patients under weekly supervision. Each patient will be seen for sixteen sessions of weekly DIT. This is typically structured as half an hour supervision per patient over sixteen sessions.
In addition, six additional tape recordings will need to be submitted for rating. All therapy sessions will be audio or videotaped.
Once supervision has been successfully completed, trainees will be able to see DIT patients with weekly supervision until they are registered DIT practitioners.
There will be four components to the assessment:
- Theoretical basis of DIT. This will be delivered in advance of the course through online podcasts and prescribed reading. The content of this component will be based on the initial chapters of the DIT manual, which will not be covered as part of the training. Satisfactory completion of this component is essential for progression. This is evaluated by a multiple choice questionnaire, which has to be completed by mid-March 2019.
- Knowledge of DIT. This will be assessed after the first half of the programme, which covers sessions I.1–I.3 and II.1–II.3, by a mixture of role-play and clinical videos. There will be a further requirement of submission of a clinical log. Satisfactory completion of this component is essential for progression.
- Intervention with DIT. This will be assessed at the end of the training by the same method as for component 2 and will cover the remaining sessions of teaching. Satisfactory completion of this component is essential for progression.
- Clinical experience. Trainees will present logs and video records of their supervised clinical experience of three cases treated with DIT.
Once the trainee passes, they will be accredited by the BPC and will receive a certificate from them at a fee of £35.
Once the trainee has successfully finished the training, there is a CPD requirement to have one hour of DIT supervision for every 12 hours of DIT therapy work for the first year of work as a DIT practitioner. This equates to an hour of supervision a month if you have a caseload of three DIT patients. This supervision does not count towards accreditation as a supervisor, however, it is helpful to consolidate one’s understanding of and work within the model by gaining more experience before going on to becoming a supervisor.
Beyond the first year, we advise using peer supervision of DIT work.
To maintain DIT practitioner status, there is a requirement to see at least one patient a year.
4. Supervisor training
Following successful completion of e-DIT course, Practitioners can train as a Supervisors in DIT.
Initial requirements for this are:
- Approval from the original supervisor about the candidate’s supervisory capabilities
- At least two year’s experience as a psychodynamic supervisor of psychodynamic practice
- Approval from line manager
For DIT practitioners who do not meet the previous criteria of two years of psychodynamic supervision experience, they can now attend three one-day DIT supervisor events to be eligible.
Supervisor training consists of:
- Successful completion of two further supervised cases, incl. 2 tapes rated from each case
- At least six months of working as a DIT supervisor of at least three DIT cases (or two trainees), with monthly consultations on the supervision from an approved DIT supervisor (6 x 1hr consultations)
- Attendance at 3 x CPD workshops on DIT, which may involve assessment of a supervisor’s recorded supervision work or assessment of a supervisor’s feedback on a trainee’s work. Newly qualifying DIT supervisors must attend all three days unless they have demonstrable psychodynamic supervision experience; existing DIT supervisors must attend at least one day a year.
Costs vary depending on a supervisor.
Breakdown of Fees:-
£3,250 for supervision cases, rating of tapes and consultation with the following breakdown:
- 16hrs of supervision (2 cases) at £125 per hour = £2,000
- 4 tape assessments at £125 per hour = £500
- 6 x hourly consultations at £125 per hour = £750
- Plus supervisor workshop at £250 per day
Please see here for the Policy for DIT Supervisor Requirements & Training
5. Becoming a trainer
For those based in the UK
- The Supervisor shadows the full DIT training at the Centre
- The Supervisor delivers a 4-day training at the Centre as a support trainer (the supervisor will be paid a reduced teaching rate of £150 a day)
- The Supervisor gains Trainer status following approval from the DIT Lead
- The Trainer can be approached to deliver teaching at the Centre at the full teaching rate. Trainings delivered independently of the Centre by the Trainer will require a contractual agreement between the Centre and the Trainer in advance and would incur a licence fee of 10% of gross income or £100 per person, whichever amount is the greater
- The trainer must attend a yearly CPD event for trainers/supervisors
- The trainer must jointly deliver the training with the Centre at least once every two years (for at least 1 day).
For those based outside of the UK
- The Supervisor shadows the full DIT training at the Centre and receives a 1hr consultation with a DIT Trainer. There will be a consultation fee of £200
- The Supervisor gains Trainer status in their country following approval from the DIT Lead
- Trainings delivered independently of the Centre by the Trainer will require a contractual agreement between the Centre and the Trainer in advance and would incur a licence fee of 10% of gross income or £100 per person, whichever amount is the greater
- The trainer must attend a yearly CPD event for trainers/supervisors
- The trainer must shadow the training at least once every two years (for at least 1 day).