4 days plus 1 extra day for the role play

About this course

This course is jointly run by The Anna Freud Centre 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.

This protocol for brief dynamic work is the one intended to be rolled out nationally within the IAPT programme for work with depressed patients and hence this four-day course is IAPT supported.

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, voluntary institution or private capacity working in a therapeutic capacity with adults with mental health problems

5.  HPC, BPC, UKCP, BACP, IACP or ICP registration

You will be required to provide evidence of these. In order to secure your place on the course please make a booking via the link at the bottom of this page. Your will then be e-mailed the application form which will need to be sent back along with evidence of each point outlined above to:

Marta Wojciechowska 12 Maresfield Gardens London NW35SU

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

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.

Becoming a DIT Practitioner

The five-day DIT training held at AFC 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 £2000. 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. We offer trainings in both these models. DIT is a brief (16 session) psychodynamic psychotherapy developed for the treatment of mood disorders.  It will be rolled out within IAPT services as the brief psychodynamic model for the treatment of depression specifically.  IAPT follows NICE guidelines, although DIT itself isn’t in the NICE guidelines.  DIT is currently undergoing evaluation and its inclusion in the NICE guidelines will be conditional on the outcome of this evaluation.The DIT training is only open to therapists who have completed a psychodynamic psychotherapy or counselling training before undertaking DIT training.  The DIT course is British Psychoanalytic Council accredited. 
IPT is an acute and a maintenance therapy, delivered over as few as eight sessions in IPT-brief and up to three years in IPT- maintenance. It has psychodynamic origins but takes an explicitly biopsychosocial approach to the treatment of depression, and it is NOT a psychodynamic therapy.  It is evidence based and is recommended as a first line intervention in the NICE guidance.  It will be offered within IAPT for the treatment of depression.  If you would like to book a place on this course, then please see the IPT page on this website. IPT training is open to therapists from a wide range of disciplines.  IPT has its own accreditation procedures (via IPTUK).

Further information about DIT and the DIT team