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Interpersonal Psychotherapy Practitioner Training

This six-day course provides introductory training for practitioners in IPT and reflects the IPT competency framework. Students must complete the pre-course preparatory task and bring it with them to the first teaching day. This course provides the first stage in working towards becoming an IPTUK Accredited IPT practitioner.

Following attendance students are required to complete supervision with an IPTUK accredited supervisor.

Accreditation to practitioner level involves students having four cases to be supervised with recorded sessions reviewed. Each case runs for 16 sessions and it is advised to leave one month between beginning a new case. A new case should only be begun when the formulation has been agreed on the previous one. Trainees will be required to submit digital recordings of therapy sessions as well as written and verbal reports.

Course length

6 months (part time: 6 days' training followed by supervision)



Who is this training for?

The course pre-requisites are:

  • evidence of completing a course of study in a model of psychological therapy
  • a minimum of two years of post-qualification experience delivering psychological therapy
  • at least two years' employment in an NHS, private capacity or voluntary instituion delivering psychological therapy with adults
  • registration with a professional body (HPC, BPC, APC, BPS, UKCP or BACP), or equivalent registration outside of the UK
  • a mental health qualification.

Applicants with a range of training backgrounds are welcomed: e.g. clinical and counselling psychologists, counsellors, psychotherapists, psychiatrists, nurser therapists, social workers, occupational therapists and GPs.

IAPT staff may attend this course and should indicate that they require IAPT-compliant training when applying.

This course is not suitable for applicants who wish to acquire basic therapeutic skills. IPT is not a step 2 intervention and is not suitable for Practice Wellbeing Practitioners.

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