Dynamic interpersonal therapy (DIT) practitioners can avail of a unique opportunity with Anna Freud Centre to enhance their professional development by becoming a qualified DIT supervisor. Candidates receive specialist teaching and supervision in both individual and group DIT supervision, providing the requisite knowledge and skills needed to facilitate supervision of DIT trainees and qualified DIT practitioners. Successful DIT supervisors will be awarded a recognised qualification which can be used in a variety of work settings. Furthermore, qualified DIT supervisors will have access to ongoing CPD events and will join a network of DIT supervisors in providing a high standard of supervisory practice to a growing global community of DIT clinicians.
Becoming a supervisor requires a good working knowledge of the DIT approach, which is usually gained by seeing a few DIT cases post-qualification to consolidate the model. Applicants must have at least one year’s general supervision experience of high intensity Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) work (or equivalent for those not working in an IAPT setting) that demonstrates their ability to apply generic and specific supervision competencies. Please refer to the on the UCL website.
To apply, please submit to DIT@annafreud.org:
- a letter of support from an accredited DIT supervisor who has experience of your clinical work
- a letter of support from your line manager who is familiar with your supervision experience.
For more information regarding DIT supervision training, please click below.
- Next steps
Once funding has been acquired for supervisor-level accreditation (or if applicants are funding it privately), you will need to secure a supervisor to oversee training requirements. We recommend where possible that supervisors-in-training work with a new supervisor for this stage.
There is a list of accredited DIT supervisors on the Anna Freud Centre website. Where there has been a change in supervisor, we recommend that supervisors make contact by way of handover to obtain some feedback and identify focal areas for further training. If disagreements occur with decisions made in supervision regarding a supervisor-in-training’s progress, a consultation procedure is accessible at any stage of the accreditation process.
- Supervisor training comprises:
- successful completion of two further supervised cases, including two tapes rated from each case
- at least six months of working as a DIT supervisor-in-training. working with either:
- at least three DIT cases
- two trainees, with monthly consultations on this supervision from an approved DIT supervisor (six, one-hour consultations)
- attendance at three 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.
Please note that IAPT trainees must attend all three workshops.
- Supervisor-in-training requirements:
Supervisors-in-training are required to record and complete two DIT cases under supervision to demonstrate a secure working knowledge of the model. You will need to record these cases and two recordings from each case will be submitted to an accredited supervisor to rate. We recommend that at least one of these recordings is an IPAF session. Both clinical cases need to pass, not just in terms of familiarity with the model but also in terms of demonstrating ability to work independently as a DIT practitioner. Any major difficulties in working with the model at this stage would usually suggest that more input is required before completing the supervisor stage of training. This could be a further period of supervised practice, additional reading, more training and so on.
After passing two cases, supervisors-in-training will receive six one-hour sessions focused on their supervision of trainee DIT practitioners. By this stage, supervisors-in-training are expected to have secured at least two supervisees of their own. Preferably, one of the supervisions is of a small group and the other an individual. At the end of this process, the supervisor who oversaw the supervisor-in-training’s work is required to write to the Anna Freud Centre (DIT@annafreud.org) to advise that all supervisory requirements are complete.
Those who wish to go on to becoming a DIT trainer should discuss this with their supervisor to get their recommendation. Qualified supervisors then register their interest with the Anna Freud Centre. There are limited places for shadowing DIT trainings and supervisors are expected to make themselves available to shadow four teaching days from the 5-Day DIT Training course.
- Training Deadlines
Supervisor training deadlines:
- Starting clinical work (the two further cases) - within six months of your application being approved/funding confirmed.
- Completing clinical work (two further cases) - within two years of starting the 1st case. If there are extenuating circumstances, you can apply for one 1-year extension (maximum of three years if extension is granted).
- Completing the necessary supervision of trainees with consultation - within two years of completing the clinical work.
Not adhering to these deadlines means that your training funds will be lost and you will need to fund your training again if you would like to complete it.
You are required to maintain your DIT Practitioner status by seeing at least one patient a year. This should include one hour of DIT supervision for every 12 hours of DIT therapy work for the first year of work as a DIT Practitioner and using peer supervision beyond the first year.
You are also required to attend a minimum of one CPD day a year during the Supervisor training and beyond.
Total fee for DIT Supervisor training is £4,650. This includes supervision on two extra cases, markings, consultations and the three CPD workshops.