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IAPT High Intensity Psychotherapeutic Counselling in Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy PGDip

IAPT High Intensity Psychotherapeutic Counselling in Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy PGDip

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Study mode

Part time


3 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas

Counselling Skills (General) Counselling Skills (Specialist) Psychotherapy

Course type


Course Summary


This programme is funded by Health Education England (HEE) (NHS) and offers a new training pathway that provides trainee Psychotherapeutic Counsellors with advanced conceptual understanding and skills in the practical application of psychotherapeutic counselling and a defined standard of competency in Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) for depression.

You will train to work as psychotherapeutic counsellor delivering Brief Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) for adults with depression in NHS IAPT services. During training, you will be employed by an IAPT service in England and you will be expected to carry out an average of two to three days per week of clinical practice in the IAPT service. The 20-Day Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy training component will be provided by the Anna Freud Centre in years 2 and 3 of the PGDip.

Trainees will develop the qualities and skills to engage in and sustain strong therapeutic relationships and work effectively with IAPT service users with depression.

This includes developing core psychotherapeutic counselling practitioner competencies and the integration of Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT), in line with the needs of service users, families and careers.

Career Options

At the end of the three-year training, graduates will be High Intensity IAPT Practitioners.

You can find out more information at:

IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies)

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

Dynamic Interpersonal TherapyAnna Freud - Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy


Developing core skills and competencies in counselling practice
Diversity and Context in IAPT settings
Working Psychodynamically with service users in IAPT
Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT)
Understanding contextual issues and service-related data
Clinical Practice and supervision
Interventions in DIT
Applying Clinical Judgement in professional IAPT settings
Advanced Clinical practice

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

This programme is funded by Health Education England (HEE) (NHS). 

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

This programme is funded by Health Education England (HEE) (NHS). 

Entry requirements

All candidates entering the programme should hold evidence of academic credit or equivalence allowing entry to the Level 7 programme. A degree at 2:2 or above in any relevant subject, or equivalent, should be considered the minimum requirement for entry. Candidates without a degree at 2:2 or above may be able to secure a place by demonstrating competency via a portfolio of evidence, which meets specified academic equivalence requirements. All candidates should have completed a Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills, which ordinarily involves a minimum of 10 days or 60 hours of face-to-face tuition at level 2 or level 3. Online courses are not acceptable. Please note: L2 Award, Helping Skills and Introductory courses are not accepted.

University information

Located in South-West London, the University of Roehampton has a 54-acre parkland campus with state-of-the-art facilities, located within 30 minutes of central London. The university has a long history dating back over 180 years. Through its oldest College, Whitelands, it has provided higher education to women for longer than any university in the country. Today, it has a thriving range of postgraduate programmes and an excellent research...more

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