Competence Frameworks for the delivery and supervision of Psychological Therapies


Currently there are nine competence frameworks downloadable from these pages (with more in development).

The first four frameworks focus on the major therapeutic modalities employed by psychological therapists both in the UK and internationally: cognitive and behavioural therapies, psychoanalytic/psychodynamic therapy, humanistic therapies and systemic therapies. The fifth framework sets out the competences employed in the supervision of these therapies.

These frameworks can be accessed here:

Relationship between the Competence Frameworks and National Occupational Standards

The competence frameworks accessed on these webpages constitute ‘statements of evidence' for the development of the National Occupational Standards for the psychological therapies.

Click here for a full account of the relationship between these two pieces of work


Frameworks developed for the expansion of the IAPT programme (www.iapt.nhs.uk)

Four further frameworks were commissioned as part of the expansion of the therapies available for clients with depression in the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme.

Two of these (Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) and Counselling for depression) build on the psychoanalytic/psychodynamic and the humanistic frameworks. Two are new: Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) and Couples therapy for depression. The IPT framework was developed in collaboration with colleagues from IPT-UK. The couple therapy framework was developed in consultation with ourselves, using our methodology, but ‘authored’ by other parties. Access to these frameworks is from this webpage and also via the IAPT webpage (www.iapt.nhs.uk/workforce/), which contains more background information about IAPT and about each approach.