Date: 11th March – 15th  March 2019  (download the application form here) 

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Venue: Engineers House, The Promenade, Clifton Down, Bristol BS8 3RB

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:

1st March 2019

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 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?

Applicants should have an interest in developing and extending their practice to work with couples where one or both are diagnosed with depression and, ideally 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 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 and more information 
• 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
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