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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 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 or in the voluntary sector with an IAPT contract .  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 a 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, Preston. 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 remote fortnightly group supervision.This course is appropriate for counsellors and therapists who have an interest in extending their practice to work with couples where one or both are diagnosed with depression. It is helpful, but not a requirement, to have experience in 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. 

Details of the curriculum can be downloaded here

Details of the Practitioner Training are here 

What do they cost?

Fees are £3,500 per practitioner, which at present are mostly met by HEE across the country. 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 



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