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Counselling for Depression Practitioner Training

Practitioners are required to attend five days of formal teaching (part 1), complete 80 hours of practice (in the usual IAPT setting) with dedicated CfD supervision.

Practitioners may then submit four audio recordings of practice that demonstrate adherance to the CfD competencies - this forms part 2 of the training. This second part of the training may be undertaken at the participant's pace, with the bundled in CfD supervision.

Course length

6 months (part time)



Who is this training for?

Practitioners should have:

  • at least an existing diploma in person-centred/humanistic counselling/psychotherapy,
  • two years of post qualification practice experience
  • and experience of offering brief interventions to clients with common mental health problems.

How to apply

Applications to this programme may only be made through IAPT services recruiting trainees and not directly through the University of Exeter. If you are interested in applying for this programme, please contact your local IAPT service or look at the NHS and IAPT jobs websites. The number of places varies each year as the course is funded by Health education South West and is dependent on funding.


James Lapraik

Tel: +44 (0) 1392 722780