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Psychodynamic Interpersonal Therapy (PIT) Level 1 (CPD short course)

This five-day course introduces the theoretical and therapeutic principles of working with PIT and their application in clinical practice.

Date and time: To be confirmed
Location: Zochonis Building, The University of Manchester
Fee: £850
How to book: To be confirmed


Our Psychodynamic Interpersonal Therapy (PIT) Level 1 training is a five-day course that will introduce you to the theoretical and therapeutic principles of working with PIT, as well as the application of these principles in clinical practice.

PIT is a brief, evidence-based psychological treatment for mental health problems including depression, functional (ie 'medically unexplained') symptoms, deliberate self-harm and personality disorder.

The NHS Improving Access to Psychological Therapies initiative recommends PIT as an evidence-based treatment for persistent physical symptoms. PIT is also a recognised model in the UCL Core Competence Framework on psychoanalytic/psychodynamic therapy. Further information about the model can be found on the PIT Special Interest Group UK website.

This CPD course is run by members of PIT Special Interest Group UK and is approved by the School of Health Sciences, The University of Manchester.

Who should attend?

This course is for qualified mental health professionals (core professions) or other suitably qualified professionals (at the discretion of the course leaders).

This training will be suited to those who have no previous knowledge of PIT but would like to know more about the approach and incorporate some of the techniques into their practice, or are looking to progress to PIT Level 2 training and be able to deliver PIT as a standalone intervention.

It is also suitable for those who are looking to refresh their skills and knowledge of PIT to further promote adherence to the model.

Course details

This course aims to equip practitioners with knowledge of PIT and basic skills in this approach, which can be used as an adjunct to other psychological therapies (eg CBT) and/or to enhance clinical communication more generally.

It also serves as a platform for Level 2 PIT training, which provides practitioners with the opportunity to undergo supervised practice delivering PIT as a standalone therapy for relevant mental health problems. A Level 2 PIT course will be launched later in 2019.

Our Level 1 course is predominantly skills-based, providing an introduction to the practical competencies needed to deliver PIT, as well as a brief introduction to the theoretical background of the model.

You will develop skills in using the model to form more effective therapeutic alliances, derive PIT formulations, deliver psychological interventions more empathically, and improve your understanding of psychodynamics.

Experiential learning is central to the course, with extensive use of clinical simulation, including role-plays and video feedback in groups to enhance learning and provide personalised feedback. If the necessary competence is demonstrated in the role plays, you will automatically become eligible for Level 2 PIT training.

The course is delivered by senior clinicians and recognised experts in PIT, including two of the authors of the acclaimed Psychodynamic Interpersonal Therapy: A Conversational Model.


  • Day 1 – Introduction to the basic components of the PIT and psychodynamic concepts.
  • Day 2 – Core PIT skills, role play practice.
  • Day 3 – Video recording of individuals' skills with personalised feedback.
  • Day 4 – Deliberate self-harm; functional ('medically unexplained') symptoms.
  • Day 5 – Formulation; using PIT skills to limit, identify and manage ruptures in the therapeutic alliance.

Programme staff

  • Dr Richard J Brown (Programme Lead) - Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology, University of Manchester and Honorary Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Greater Manchester Mental Health (GMMH) NHS Foundation Trust
  • Professor Else Guthrie - Professor of Psychological Medicine, University of Leeds and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist at Leeds and York Partnership Foundation Trust
  • Dr Simon Heyland - Consultant Psychiatrist in Medical Psychotherapy, Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dr Rebecca Hughes - Consultant Clinical Psychologist, GMMH NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dr Wendy Macdonald - Clinical Psychologist, GMMH NHS Foundation Trust
  • Ms Kath Sykes - Principal Adult Psychotherapist, GMMH NHS Foundation Trust
  • Ms Mary Lewis - Adult Psychotherapist (retired), formerly of GMMH NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dr Laurence Regan - Clinical Psychologist, Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dr Frank Margison - Consultant Psychiatrist in Adult Psychotherapy and General Adult Psychiatry, Manchester

Further reading

  • Barkham, M, Guthrie, E, Hardy, G E & Margison, F (2017). Psychodynamic Interpersonal Therapy: A conversational Model. London: Sage
  • Hobson, R F (1985) Forms of Feeling: The Heart of Psychotherapy. London: Routledge.

How to book and contact us

Booking information is yet to be confirmed.

You can also contact Dr Richard Brown ( with any questions you may have about the course.