Couple Therapy for Depression is a brief (20 session) integrative-behavioural evidence based treatment for depression for couples where one or both of the partners are experiencing both relationship distress and depression. It is one of the four therapy modalities, additional to CBT, approved for delivery in IAPT Services and has been shown to have a significant impact on recovery rates nationally.
Tavistock Relationships was commissioned by the NHS in 2010 to offer a training programme in Couple Therapy for Depression for use in IAPT services. Following recommendations from NICE guidelines, Couple Therapy for Depression was developed by identifying best practice in a range of behavioural, cognitive, emotionally-focused, systemic and psychodynamic couple therapies evidenced in RCT effectiveness trials. Tavistock Relationships is currently the only IAPT fully-accredited training provider for Couple Therapy for Depression practitioner and supervisor training. Tavistock Relationships has also written the manual for the modality, published by Oxford University Press in June 2014.
Training courses can be commissioned for delivery in your area, or places can be purchased on Open Courses on a spot-purchase basis. It is sometimes easier to combine with another area to generate sufficient numbers to make a course worthwhile.
Download the IAPT NHS Commissioning Guidance here
How to commission training?
Talk to Kate Thompson, Psychoanalytic Couple Psychotherapist, Project Leader -Couple Therapy for Depression Training. T: 0207 380 8286
Where have courses run?
Bolton, Bristol, Durham, Leeds, London, Manchester. Please see here for the next Open Course.
What does the Practitioner Training consist of?
It comprises a 5 day intensive training, plus approximately 9 months of fortnightly supervision which enables experienced couple practitioners or therapists who have demonstrable experience of working with more than one patient in the room (e.g. group or family work or partner-assisted CBT) to practice this evidence based NICE recommended approach for couples as a treatment for mild to moderate depression in IAPT Services.
Details of the curriculum can be downloaded here
Details of the Practitioner Training are here
What do they cost?
2015-2016 (change to 2016-2017) fees are £3,300 per practitioner. Some NHS areas block-purchase places on a number of different courses at a time.
Is there a further training to supervise Couple Therapy for Depression?
Yes, we run a course of taught-input and consultation to ongoing peer supervision of Couple Therapy for Depression practitioners. Details of the Supervisor Course are here