About this course

This course is jointly run by the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families and The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) is a simple short term (16 sessions) individual therapy protocol for mood disorder. The protocol was designed on the basis of the work of the Expert Reference Group on clinical competencies which worked on identifying key components drawn from manualized psychoanalytic/dynamic therapies. 


It is an easy to acquire, semi-structured, treatment protocol that is currently being investigated in a pilot study and appears to be quite effective with individuals in primary care with symptoms of anxiety and depression. 

At the present time, the only accepted and recognised route to train in DIT in IAPT is the 20-day DIT training.

The course is British Psychoanalytic Council accredited.



Who is this course suitable for?

DIT is designed to be implemented by therapists with an interest in and experience of psychoanalytic/dynamic psychotherapy. Anyone who meets the full requirements can attend otherwise they cannot proceed on to the clinical part of the training programme. Only those individuals who: a) possess a diploma level or equivalent training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy or counselling and, b) who pass the role play exercise at the end of the course can then go on to supervised clinical practice (two cases for 16 sessions each – all session taped) in order to become practitioners in DIT. Please note that cost of the supervision is not included in the price of the training.

The pre-entry requirements in detail:

  1. 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 (
  2. A minimum of 150hrs of supervised psychodynamic work (reference required)
  3. At least one year of weekly personal psychodynamic psychotherapy/counselling
  4. At least two years’ employment in an NHS, private capacity or voluntary institution working in a therapeutic capacity with adults with mental health problems
  5. HPC, BPC, BPS, UKCP or BACP registration (or an equivalent professional registration at the discretion of the course tutors*)

*We can accept applicants who are based abroad as long as they meet the pre-entry requirements. Although we can accept applicants registered with an equivalent non-UK professional body, those trainees without a valid UK registration will not be able to obtain the BPC registration. They will, however, be able to practise DIT in their country on successful completion of training and supervision.

You will be required to provide evidence of the pre-entry requirements. If you meet these criteria and would like to secure a place on the course please make a booking via the link at the bottom of this page. You will then be required to fill in the application form which will need to be sent back along with evidence of each point outlined above and on the form.  

Please send the form and all evidence in one email to: 

Please note, Peter Fonagy teaches approximately a 1/4 day on the DIT training. The training is anchored by two other well-experienced DIT trainers. Alessandra Lemma will also teach ¼ day. Anne McKay will lead on the training.

Aims of course

The workshop 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.

System requirements for online training

The online platform Zoom will be used to deliver this training. Prior to booking on, please ensure you meet the system requirements so you're able to join this training. 

Before the training, please test your equipment is working by going to and follow the instructions.

Certificate of Competence: Role Play

For those who wish to progress to the next stage, it is necessary to obtain a ‘certificate of competence’. This is a requirement for taking on supervised cases to reach practitioner level. It will involve a taped role play with an actor which is then assessed. If this is passed then delegates can proceed to taking on supervised cases. The cost for this is an additional £100.

During this role-play students will have to evidence:

  • An aptitude for identifying relational and effective themes from the patient’s material: the aim is to ensure that the student can pick up on themes but there is no requirement to evidence a capacity to formulate
  • A capacity to articulate and share with the patient these relational and effective themes in a clear and coherent manner so as to test their relevance to understanding the patient’s current predicament
  • Demonstrate the DIT therapeutic stance.

You can purchase a signed copy of 'Brief Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy' book by A. Lemma, M. Target and P. Fonagy during this training for £25. If you would like to purchase the book before the training please contact

Becoming a DIT Practitioner

The DIT training held at the Centre is the first stage to becoming a DIT Practitioner. Once delegates are notified that they have passed the videoed role-play element of the training, delegates are the invited to progress onto the second stage towards becoming a DIT practitioner. This involves having sixteen hours of supervision with a minimum of two DIT training cases. This is typically structured as half an hour supervision per patient over sixteen sessions. In addition, four additional tape recordings will need to be submitted for rating. This will be completed with an accredited DIT supervisor. The cost of this is typically a further £2500. Trainees will also be required to submit a case study at an additional cost of £125. Trainees are required to start supervision within 1 year of finishing the training and successfully complete their cases within 2 years of the training.

For any enquiries relating to the second stage of the training, please email

Differences between DIT & IPT

Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) and Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) have several common features but they are NOT the same therapy and the approaches draw on specific and distinct competencies Read more

Further information about DIT and the DIT team


12th May 2022 - 26th May 2022
  • Online – live via Zoom (Joining instructions will be sent to the email address you booked on with at least one working day before the event)
  • 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th and 26th May 2022
  • 5 days
  • 09:00 - 16:00 (UK time)

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