Training selection criteria and accreditation

The training programme for DIT provides psychoanalytically/dynamically trained practitioners with a structure within which to conduct a time limited (16 sessions), manualized psychodynamic therapy. It is intended as a CPD course to hone the skills of already established psychodynamic practitioners so as to enable them to deliver an effective brief psychodynamic intervention for the treatment of depression.

Courses aim to provide a post-qualification ‘top-up’ training to practitioners who meet the following pre-entry criteria:

  1. They have undertaken a course of study that includes knowledge about psychoanalytic developmental theory and the theory underpinning the rationale for psychodynamic interventions.
  1. They will have undertaken a minimum of one year of personal psychoanalytic/psychodynamic psychotherapy or counselling.
  1. They will have undertaken a minimum of 150 hours of supervised psychodynamic practice.
  1. They will be HPC, BACP, BPC or UKCP registered.

The training is accreditated by the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC). Therapists are not required to register individually with the BPC (e.g. if you are UKCP registered you can still train in DIT and retain your registration with UKCP).

What does the training consist of?

The training programme consists of several components and assessment points, as follows:

  1. Attendance at a five day full time training course offered jointly by the Tavistock & Portman NHS foundation trust and the Anna Freud Centre.
  1. Competence role-play: at the end of the five days students will be invited to undertake a videotaped role play with an actor role playing a depressed patient. The role-play vignette will be scripted with a relatively mild to moderately depressed patient in mind.

During this role-play students will have to evidence:

    1. An aptitude for identifying relational and affective themes from the patient’s material: the aim is to ensure that the student can pick up on themes but there is no requirement to evidence a capacity to formulate.
    2. A capacity to articulate and share with the patient these relational and affective themes in a clear and coherent manner so as to test their relevance to understanding the patient’s current predicament
    3. Demonstrate the DIT therapeutic stance.

In order to proceed to the practice component of the training, the role play must be passed.

Supervised practice

The supervised practice component will involve seeing two patients under weekly supervision. Each patient will be seen for sixteen sessions of weekly DIT. All therapy sessions will be audio or videotaped. In the first case three tapes will be randomly selected and rated according to the DIT rating scale. For the second case, assuming that a student is progressing well in the training, one tape will be selected for rating. Where there are concerns about the student’s progress an additional two tapes may be requested and rated.

  1. Upon successful completion of the clinical casework the student will need to submit a 3000 word case study, which should evidence a capacity to integrate theory and practice through giving an account of work with one of the two training cases. If the case study passes the trainee will be accredited by the BPC and will receive a certificate from them. If the case study does not pass the trainee will be allowed to resubmit the same case study revised according to the marker's comments. If the case study fails a second time the trainee must write up another case and will be referred to a DIT supervisor for private tuition. If the trainee fails a third and final time they will not be BPC accredited.

Supervisor and trainer requirements

Requirements for becoming an accredited supervisor

  • DIT Practitioner accreditation.
  • Completion of two further supervised cases.
  • Two years’ experience as a psychodynamic supervisor of psychodynamic practice.
  • A reference from a line manager about the supervisory capability of the candidate.
  • A recommendation from the candidate’s original DIT supervisor.
  • Six months of working as a DIT supervisor of at least three DIT cases, with monthly consultations on the supervision from an approved DIT supervisor, followed by a recommendation from this supervisor.
  •  Attendance at a half-day CPD workshop on DIT, which may involve assessment of a supervisor’s recorded supervision work or assessment of a supervisor’s feedback on a trainee’s work.

Requirements for running a training programme

In order to become a DIT trainer the individual will have successfully completed the following:

  1. Practitioner level qualification in DIT as specified by British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC), the accrediting body.
  1. Supervisor level accreditation, which involves successfully completing a further 2 supervised cases.
  1. A six-month period as a supervisor with monthly consultations on the supervision with an accredited DIT supervisor.
  1. Shadowing of the delivery of the full DIT course.

  2. The first training offered by a new provider will be co run by the new provider and an established provider.

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