Dates for academic year 2017/18:

Autumn: 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 9th, 10th October 2017 (download the application here)
Winter: 19th, 20th, 21st, 26th, 27th February 2018 (download the application here)

Venue: NSCAP – Northern School of Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy, Bevan House, 34-36 Springwell Road, Leeds, LS12 1AW
Fees: The complete training (5-day course plus supervision and assessment) costs £3,300

Funded places available for professionals based in IAPT services in the Yorkshire & Humber & the North West Health Education England regions. Professionals in IAPT services outside these regions will need to apply for funding to their local Health Education England branch.

Closing date for applications:

October closing applications 18th September 2017
February closing applications 5th February 2018

This CPD course is made up of 5 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 accreditation as a ‘Couple Therapy for Depression IAPT Practitioner’.

What is Couple Therapy for Depression?

Based on NICE guidelines, Couple Therapy for Depression is a brief (20 session) integrative-behavioural treatment for depression for couples where one or both of the partners is experiencing both relationship distress and depression. It has been developed by identifying best practice in a range of behavioural, cognitive, emotionally-focused, systemic and psychodynamic couple therapies evidenced in RCT effectiveness trials. Taken together these represent good clinical practice in the treatment of depression. Couple Therapy for Depression focuses on the relational aspects of depression and on factors that reduce stress and increase support within the couple and has been shown to have a significant impact on recovery rates nationally.

Who is eligible for the Training?

An interest in developing and extending their practice to work with couples where one or both are diagnosed with depression and, ideally 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

Trainees will be expected to participate in fortnightly supervision sessions (up to 20 supervisions) with a Tavistock Relationships accredited CTfD supervisor. Supervision will be conducted in groups of 3 to 4 and may require telephone or video conferencing. Trainees will be required to submit a minimum of 3 digital voice recordings (2 formulations and 1 CTfD intervention) and a maximum of 5 recordings (2 more recordings may be necessary due to drop out or client recovery or in consultation with supervisor).


£3,300 (5-day course plus supervision and assessment)

How to apply:

Please download and complete the application form below, and return it to the address provided. 

Each application must include:

  • a completed application form and more information
  • a statement of support from a current supervisor (in application form)
  • a statement of support from your line manager (in application form)
  • confirmation from your HEE Commissioner/ Local Education Training Board Manager (LETB).  

To return via post, please send to:

Training Coordinator

Tavistock Relationships
70 Warren Street


If you have any queries please contact the Training Coordinator 
Phone: 0207 380 8288


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Couple Therapy for Depression

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