The Practitioner level training will enable participants to become an IPT practitioner and to meet the requirement for practitioner-level accreditation with IPT UK.

What will the training involve? 

You must complete both parts of the training to reach accreditation: 

Level A: 7-Day Course 

The course provides an introduction to the IPT model and enables participants to gain the skills to begin the Supervised Practice element of the training (Level B) - see course programme below. 

Level B: Supervised Practice 

To pass Level B involves the successful completion of four IPT cases under the supervision of an IPT UK-approved supervisor. It includes submitting audio recordings for assessment and writing a reflective report for each case. Completing Level B takes approximately 10 months. Supervision times can be negotiated and provided via telephone or Teams.  

IPT Student Trainee Experience 

One of our previous students offers her feedback and experience of IPT training and supervision: 


Who can apply for the training? 

Applicants must have:

  • a core profession (see list of recognised core professions below*)
  • substantial post-qualification experience in conducting psychological therapy
  • registration with a core professional body. If your core profession is not in psychological therapies you must have professional membership aligned to your psychological therapies work e.g. BPS, BACP, UKCP, BABCP, ISPC
  • current employment to deliver Hi Intensity therapies within a commissioned IAPT service (minimum WTE 0.5)

*Recognised Core Professions are:

  • Arts therapists – HCPC Registered
  • Counselling – Accredited with the BACP, BABCP, UKCP, COSCA or  FDAP (NCAC), or Registered Member CPC
  • Medicine – Psychiatrist or General Practitioner, MBChB or MBBS, and usually PG training with membership of MRCGP, MRCP OR MRCPsych.
  • Occupational Therapy – BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy, MSc Occupational Therapy, or Dip C.O.T and HCPC registered
  • Psychology – 1st degree plus a post-graduate qualification (MSc or Doctorate) in an applied area such as clinical, counseling, educational, forensic, health psychology. HCPC Registered as Practitioner Psychologist (HCPC registration alone insufficient)
  • Psychotherapy / Psychotherapeutic Counselling with UKCP Registration
  • Registered Nurse – Mental Health (RMN), or Learning Disability (general nursing and enrolled nursing is insufficient)
  • Social Work – CQSW, DipSW or BA/BSc Hons Social Work

Who is unable to apply: practitioners employed to deliver step 2 interventions


Course Dates & Schedules


Course Trainers:

  • Dr Marie Wardle - Programme Director 
  • Lorraine Manley - IPT UK Practitioner and Supervisor
  • Heather Morgan - IPT UK Practitioner and Supervisor


Course Testimonials

  • Just wanted to say how brilliant the setup of the programme is and having everything all within Teams is incredibly useful. Previous courses I have experienced have been quite different in that respect. 
  • There is a lot to learn, but the course is well structured and I found it interactive, challenging, and very informative. I am looking forward to getting going now with my clients.’
  • ‘Well organised. Comprehensive materials. Great handbooks. Excellent teaching staff. Handy to see case examples, portfolios, and practice skills.’
  • ‘Facilitators are very enthusiastic and clear about the model. Questions were welcomed. Combination of teaching methods and able to work in small groups.’


Please email for further information 

Day 1


  • Introductions

  • What is IPT

  • The development of IPT

  • Theoretical underpinning of IPT.

  • IPT Assessment, Diagnosis and Selection

  • Symptom review, and Sick Role

  • IPT Session 1


Day 2


  • Check-in from Day 1

  • Day 2 Quiz

  • Session 2 - Timeline for Depression

  • Session 3 - Interpersonal Inventory

  • Identifying a Focus


Day 3


  • Check-in from Day 2

  • Preparing the Formulation

  • Setting Goals

  • Contracting

  • Introducing General Strategies


Day 4


  • Check-in from Day 3

  • Day 4 Quiz

  • Interpersonal Role Transitions

  • Interpersonal Role Disputes


Day 5


  • Check-in from Day 4

  • Day 5 Quiz

  • Working with emotional affect

  • Complicated Grief in IPT

  • Interpersonal Sensitivity


Day 6


  • Check-in from Day 5

  • Day 6 Quiz

  • Role Play – completing a symptom review

  • Clinical Risks and Management

  • The Role of Medication in IPT?

  • Completing the weekly Supervision Record (RTR) 

  • Supervision arrangements


Day 7


  • Group check-in

  • Re-capping training days 1 – 6

  • Endings in IPT

  • Accreditation and Portfolios

  • Library resources - additional slides on IAPT, 5.5 hours of training videos

  • Evidence base and published articles.


Further details about the course can be found in these presentation slides

Recommended Reading List from IPT UK 


Interpersonal Psychotherapy of Depression. Jason Aronson Inc., Northvale, New Jersey, London. 

Klerman, G.L., Weissman, M.M., Rounsaville, B.J. & Chevron, E.S. (1984)

New Applications of Interpersonal Psychotherapy. Washington D.C.,American Psychiatric Press. 

Klerman, G.L. & Weissman, M.M. (Eds) (1993) 

Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Dysthymic Disorder Washington DC, Am. Psychiatric Press 

Markowitz, J.C. (2004) 

Interpersonal Psychotherapy. Washington DC, American Psychiatric Press Inc.  

Markowitz, J.C. (Ed) (1998) 

Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Depressed Adolescents. New York, Guilford Press. 

Mufson, L., Moreau, D., Weissman, W. & Klerman, G. (2011). 

Interpersonal Psychotherapy: A Clinician's Guide. London, Arnold Stuart, S. & Robertson, M. (2012). 

Comprehensive Guide to Interpersonal Psychotherapy. Basic Books.  

Weissman, M.M., Markowitz, J.C., & Klerman, G.L. (2000) 

Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Group. Basic Books. 

Wilfley, D.E., MacKenzie, K.R., Welch, P.R., Ayres, V.E., Weissman, M.M. (2000).  

Defeating Depression: How to use the people in your life to open the door to recovery. Constable & Robinson, London Law, R (2013)  

Law, R (2016) Defeating Teenage Depression: Getting there together. Robinson, London 



IPT Practitioner Course Contact Details

Phone numbers, fax and email


IPT West Midlands,
Linden Suite, Redwoods Centre, Somerby Drive ,