About this course

One day CPD event looking at how we can use the DIT model to provide a meaningful therapeutic intervention for long term health conditions, with particular focus on Long Covid.

The Covid-19 crisis and the aftermath of the pandemic including long Covid will be with us for some time, particularly considering that the UK leads the world in high mortality rates. Providing adequate evidence informed approaches to tackling this national crisis is the aim of this day.

The course will provide teaching around the particular challenges of working with Long Covid patients through the IAPT-approved, brief psychodynamic model of therapy of Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy. There will be opportunities to practise these skills through small group work.

Professor Luyten recently published a meta-analysis of brief for psychodynamic therapy with functional somatic disorders, of which Long Covid forms part.

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Aims of the course:-

  • To provide the evidence base for brief, psychodynamic therapy with long term health conditions
  • To elaborate the special challenges posed by working with patients with Long Covid
  • To identify key adaptations to the DIT model when working with long term health conditions, with particular focus on building epistemic trust in the therapeutic alliance, increasing mentalising and working with affect in the room
  • To consider the impact of remote ways of working with this patient group
  • To practice key skills through role plays in small break-out groups 

Who is this online course suitable for?

All DIT practitioners as well as those who are completing the eDIT course. While knowledge of the DIT model is important, the course may be helpful for other clinicians who are working with long-term health conditions.





  • 1 day

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