Qualify as an approved Couple Therapy for Depression practitioner with our training course. This CPD course is made up of five days of formal teaching and 20 sessions of supervision which enable practitioners to practice the NICE approved Couple Therapy for Depression approach as a treatment for mild to moderate depression in IAPT Services. Successful completion of the course and supervised clinical work allows certification as an approved ‘Couple Therapy for Depression IAPT Practitioner’.

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. It is a brief (20 session) integrative-behavioural treatment for depression for couples where one or both of the partners are experiencing both relationship distress and depression. Tavistock Relationships is currently the only IAPT fully-approved training provider for Couple Therapy for Depression practitioner and supervisor training.

Who the course is for?

Practitioners with an interest in developing and extending their practice to work with couples where one or both are diagnosed with depression. Applicants should be in an IAPT Service, or be able to access their clinical work through an IAPT Service.  All applicants need to be able to access appropriate couple referrals from the outset of the course. Experience of working with couples is beneficial, although this is not a prerequisite.

Course content and structure

Our practitioner course includes five days of formal teaching, nine months of fortnightly supervision and assessment of five recordings of clinical sessions in total from approximately two training cases as well as verbal reports.  Supervision will be conducted in groups remotely and will require telephone or video conferencing.


The training is funded by Health Education England (HEE) for professionals in IAPT services and the voluntary sector working within the NHS.

*Self-funders who have access to couples are also eligible to apply.

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Training Dates

Practitioner Training:

11th, 12th, 13th, 21st, 22nd October 2021, ONLINE

Practitioner Training:

15th, 16th, 17th, 22nd, 23rd November 2021, ONLINE

Practitioner Training:

6th, 7th, 8th, 13th, 14th December 2021, ONLINE



“I have experienced this as delivery of model - now will be about 'using' the course material, theoretical impact - 'in action'. A great course!”