Date: 5th, 6th,  7th and 15th, 16th October 2020 (download application form here)  

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Venue: ONLINE remote training via Zoom

Fees: The complete training (5-day course plus supervision and assessment) costs £3,500

Course code for admin purposes:  2020OCTPONLINE

Funded training by Health Education England (HEE) for professionals in IAPT services in  North East, North West, Yorks and Humber. Some places are also available for professionals in IAPT services in Greater London, South East, Midlands and Thames Valley.

Funding may also be available in other regions for those able to secure funding directly from their local HEE branch and access their clinical work through an IAPT Service.

If you require help in accessing funding through CCG or your Trust / HEE then please do contact us for guidance.  

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

Closing date for applications:
To be confirmed

This CPD course is made up of 5 days of online teaching and 20 sessions of remote fortnightly supervision which enable practitioners to practice the NICE approved Couple Therapy for Depression approach in IAPT Services. Successful completion of the course and supervised clinical work allows certification as a approved ‘Couple Therapy for Depression IAPT Practitioner’.

What is Couple Therapy for Depression?

Based on NICE guidelines, Couple Therapy for Depression is a brief integrative-behavioural treatment for depression for couples where one or both partners are experiencing relationship distress and depression. It has been developed by identifying best practice in a range of behavioural, systemic, psychodynamic, cognitive and emotionally focussed couple therapies evidenced in RCT effectiveness trials. Couple Therapy for Depression focuses on the relational aspects of depression and on factors that reduce stress and increase support within the couple, using the relationship as a resource for recovery and relapse prevention.

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, approximately 3-4 couple cases, 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 approved CTfD supervisor. Supervision will be conducted in groups of 3 to 4 and requires video conferencing, which Tavistock Relationships will facilitate. Trainees will be required to submit digital recordings of therapy sessions as well as verbal reports.


£3,500 (5-day course plus supervision and assessment).
The training is funded by NHS Health Education England (HEE) for professionals based in IAPT services and therefore applicants must seek funding through their local HEE region for their free place.

How to apply:

Please download and complete the application form, and return it to

Each application must include:

  • a completed ‘Applicant’s Details’ form
  • a statement of support from a current supervisor 
  • a statement of support from your line manager 
  • a statement of intent to commission Couple Therapy for Depression by local Mental Health Commissioner if there is no current provision held by Tavistock Relationships.


If you have any queries please contact the Training Coordinator


Phone: 0207 380 8288


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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



“Very helpful focus on the way depression may impact couple/family dynamics”