About this course

This is a 1-day refresher course for those who have completed the original 5-day training or the 20-day training in Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) and it assumes a broad understanding of the DIT model. 

The course aims to refresh the key concepts and clinical stages in the model, review the teaching materials and videos and introduce updated course material. The day will not involve any role plays but will include clinical examples to bring the work to life and illustrate aspects of the model. You are encouraged to bring your own clinical experiences to the course, including goodbye letters and IPAFs that you have found challenging. 

Who is this course suitable for?

This is a course for qualified DIT practitioners who would like to refresh their skills. It is also for those who have undertaken the 5-day or 20-day DIT training but have not gone on to the supervised practice; or those who have not completed their case study; or those who have not had formal supervision of their DIT work and have stopped using it in their IAPT practice.

It builds on your prior knowledge of the DIT model. The course is a requirement for those people who have not been able to start their supervised DIT practice within six months of completing the course and who need to refresh their knowledge of the model. It is optional for anyone working in the DIT model who would like to revisit the core concepts. 

Bursary offer

We are providing a limited number of subsidised places on this workshop for those NHS trusts that currently have a subscription with Bespoke Mental Health. The subsidised places will be allocated to IAPT DIT practitioners from the following trusts: 

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust

East London NHS Foundation Trust

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust


If you think you may be eligible for this offer but are not employed by one of these trusts, or want more information about this offer, please contact Bespoke Mental Health to discuss this further. 

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Aims of course

The workshop focuses on core aspects of the DIT model including negotiating the IPAF, using the attachment questionnaire and outcome measures, the defensive function of the IPAF as opposed to the defences, the reversal of the IPAF, working with the transference in DIT, mentalising and working with affect. You will be able to fine-tune your DIT practice to ensure you are on model as well as revisit core techniques and concepts in DIT before starting supervised practice for those people who have had delays in taking on training patients after completing the training.


09:30 - 10:00            Registration

10:00 - 11:30            Teaching Session: Establishing and Negotiating the IPAF

11:30 - 11:50            Tea break

11:50 - 13:00            Teaching Session: Middle Phase Techniques

13:00 - 14:00            Lunch break 

14:00 - 15:30            Teaching Session: The Ending Phase

15:30 - 15:50            Tea break

15:50 - 17:00            Selection for DIT, dealing with difficult scenarios and plenary

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.

26th January 2024
  • Online - via Zoom (Joining instructions will be sent to the email address you booked on with at least one working day before the event)
  • 1 day
  • 10:00 - 17:00

Training Fee


8th February 2024
  • Online - via Zoom (Joining instructions will be sent to the email address you booked on with at least one working day before the event)
  • 1 day
  • 10:00 - 17:00

Training Fee


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