North West Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) Special Interest Group

Overview of the group and aims

The NW DIT Network first began to meet informally in December 2012. It exists to allow training and practising DIT practitioners to raise the profile of DIT in the North West Region, support each other during training and accreditation, share information, and eventually provide peer supervision. There is the potential for other activities such as organising training events.

Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy is a 16 session intervention for depression and anxiety and is one of the four Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) modalities in addition to CBT. Training courses run regularly in Leeds, London and Edinburgh.

Who is it for?

The Network is for all clinicians who have completed the initial week-long training and are seeing training cases or are accredited as DIT practitioners. There is currently a core group of around 13 members, one of whom is undergoing training as a DIT supervisor. This number is expected to grow as more psychological therapists undergo training. We are Clinical Psychologists, Counsellors and Psychotherapists working in a variety of Primary Care, Psychology or IAPT services in the Region. As a growing number of members become qualified, we expect the group to evolve to meet the changing needs of both the members and the provision of DIT in the North West.

When and where does it meet?

The Network has been meeting every two months at the Prestwich site of Greater Manchester West MHNHS FT, close to Junction 17 of the M62. The meetings are currently informal, run collectively and all those eligible are most welcome.

Key contact

For further information please contact Gareth-Beresford Jones at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Alison Harris at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Wendy Saint at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Background to the development of DIT

DIT was explicitly developed out of the Psychoanalytic/dynamic Competences Framework (Lemma et al., 2008) that provided the basis for the National Occupational Standards (NOS). It is consequently drawn from those psychoanalytic/dynamic approaches with the strongest empirical evidence for efficacy, based on the outcome of controlled trials. It is specifically designed to address presenting symptoms of depression.


DIT is the brief psychodynamic therapy model now offered at Step 3 within IAPT. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines for depression state that brief psychodynamic therapy is one option that can be considered for depressed patients either when the patient has not responded to CBT interventions, or where the patient actively opts for a psychodynamic approach. It is being rolled out within IAPT services as the brief psychodynamic model for the treatment of depression specifically. IAPT follows NICE guidelines, although DIT itself is not in the NICE guidelines. DIT is currently undergoing evaluation and its inclusion in the NICE guidelines will be conditional on the outcome of this evaluation. The DIT training is only open to therapists who have completed a psychodynamic psychotherapy or counselling training before undertaking DIT training. The British Psychoanalytic Council is accrediting the course.

Useful resources
The Development of a Brief Psychodynamic Intervention (Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy) and its Application to Depression: A Pilot Study. Lemma, Alessandra, Target, Mary and Fonagy, Peter (2010) 'The development of a brief psychodynamic protocol for depression: Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT)', Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, 24: 4, 329— 346

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