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.  

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(Please note only past and current Cohort students will be accepted)

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

  • Cohort 29 (Online) 

Monday 29th January, Tuesday 30th January, Wednesday 31st January 2024 (9.15 am - 4 pm)

Monday 5th February, Tuesday 6th February, Wednesday 7th February 2024 (9.15 am - 4 pm)

Thursday 7th March 2024 (9.15 am - 1 pm) 


  • Cohort 30 (Online)

Preparation Session = Wednesday 20th March 2024 – 9.30 am – 11.30 am

Monday 15th April, Tuesday 16th April, Wednesday 17th April 2024 – 9.15 am –  4pm

Monday 22nd April, Tuesday 23rd April, Wednesday 24th April 2024 – 9.15 am – 4 pm

Tuesday 14th May 2024 – 9.15 am – 1 pm

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.

  • Very clear, good pace started/finished on time with adequate breaks. Heather is such a natural at this and a great role model in her delivery of IPT.

  • The teaching part of the course was fantastic and the supervision was useful. I feel that having a variety of lecturers and supervisors was useful because you could get information and guidance from different practitioners. I like that you could check in on the catch-up session too.

  • the weekly supervision I received from Sharon Willis was the main strength - I felt so supported and gained a lot of knowledge from her. The slides and handbook were very helpful.

  • I enjoyed the relational approach to understanding and treating mental health difficulties which is something that is not emphasized in CBT training courses.

  • The course being online was excellent, convenient, suitable and easily adaptable to work.

  • I am a visual learner, so demonstrations of role play by the tutors & YouTube videos were an excellent way of seeing IPT in action & remembering it.

  • The tutors were excellent, they had first-hand experience & knowledge of the whole process e.g., being a student of IPT, doing therapy work with clients & clinical supervision as a trainee, qualified therapist & supervisor.

  • Sarah is excellent, super organised, quick response, very knowledgeable, highly skilled in all areas and especially I.T., MS Teams.


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,
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