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Fees: The complete training (5-day course plus supervision and assessment) costs £3,300

Funded training by Health Education England (HEE) for professionals in IAPT services in the Bristol/SW area.

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:


About the training

This CPD course is made up of 5 days of formal teaching and 20 sessions of remote fortnight supervision which enables practitioners to practice the evidence based, NICE approved, Couple Therapy for Depression as a treatment for mild to moderate depression within their IAPT service nationally. 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 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 for approximately nine months. This will be facilitated by the training team and training consultants. Supervision will be conducted in groups 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.


£3,300 (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 application form 
• a statement of support from a current supervisor (in the application form)
• a statement of support from your line manager (in the application form)
• confirmation from your HEE Commissioner/ Local Education Training Board Manager (LETB)


To return via post, please send to:

Training Coordinator

Tavistock Relationships

Hallam House, 56-60 Hallam Street



(Please note that this is the address for queries and that the training will take place in another location)

If you have any queries please contact the Training Coordinator


Phone: 0207 380 8288


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Couple Therapy for Depression