Meet the Training Team
Mary Shinner – BSc (Hons), MSc, DPhil, Dip CT, Accredited BABCP Therapist, Trainer & Supervisor:
Mary is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and has been the Director of the Greater Manchester Mental Health Psychological Therapies Training Centre since its inception in 2000 as Salford Cognitive Therapy Training Centre. She trained as a clinical psychologist at the Institute of Psychiatry in London, went on to complete a DPhil in Oxford looking at the role of imagery in anxiety, and trained in Cognitive Therapy in Newcastle. Mary’s clinical roles have included 10 years working on a Community Mental Health Team, predominantly with people with complex, severe and enduring mental health difficulties, five years on an acute inpatient unit, and has worked for periods of time in primary care services. She has conducted research around personality disorders and has written about supervision in CMHTs. Mary has extensive experience in delivering training and supervision in a wide range of topics related to cognitive behaviour therapy.
Madeline Marczak, Bsc (hns), D.Clin.Psy
Maddie is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Director of Children and Young People’s Training at the Greater Manchester Mental Health, Psychological Therapies Training Centre and leads the CYP IAPT Programme of training for the North West.
Maddie’s clinical roles include 10 years of working in early intervention CAMHS services, delivering a range of evidence-based interventions, notably Video Interaction Guidance and Evidence Based Parenting Interventions to children and their families with relational and behavioural difficulties. Maddie is accredited in the Incredible Years and has substantial experience of teaching and supervising within this model. Maddie is an accredited AVIGuk practitioner, supervisor and trainer. In 2016 Maddie was elected to the AVIGuk Board and now sits on the AVIGuk Training and Implementation Group.
Since 2014, Maddie has been involved in the North West CYP-IAPT programme, previously being Programme Lead for the Parent Training and 0-5s programmes. Maddie has extensive experience in delivering training and supervision in a wide range of topics related to attachment, infant mental health, evidence-based parenting interventions, conduct disorder, ADHD and behavioural theory and presents regularly on these topics at conferences and workshops.
Maddie has a longstanding passion for early intervention and has a keen interest in supporting the sustainable implementation of evidence-based intervention. Her writing and research interests are in these areas and she is co-author of the VIG-Skills Development Scale (VIG-SDS).
Yvonne Slater – RMN, ENB 650, PgDip CT, Accredited BABCP Therapist, Trainer & Supervisor:
Yvonne is the Director of Adult Programmes at the Greater Manchester Mental Health Psychological Therapies Training Centre, having been in the Leadership Team since it started in 2000. She has a background in Mental Health Nursing and trained as a Behavioural Therapist with Brighton University in 1995 before going on to complete her Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Therapy in Newcastle. Her clinical interests have been in the anxiety disorders, and particularly obsessive-compulsive disorder and worry. She is highly expert in CBT, CBT training and supervision, and provides an oversight of the quality of our CBT training provision across the Training Centre, as well as managing the range of adult programmes, and providing academic input into them. She has a passion for ensuring the quality of therapy, in the interests of service users.
The Programme Leads
Alison Yates – Bsc (Hons), RMN, RGN, Dip CT, BABCP Accredited as a Therapist, Trainer & Supervisor:
Alison is a clinical tutor and supervisor at the Greater Manchester Mental Health Psychological Therapies Training Centre having joined in 2004. Alison has a background in mental health nursing and has previously worked for several years as a CPN in a CMHT working with a variety of people with mild to enduring mental health problems. Alison completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Therapy at Newcastle (1999) and is currently responsible for jointly running the Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive and Behaviour Therapies: CBT IAPT Pathway. Alison is also involved with other training programmes at The Centre - CT2-3 training for junior doctors, Diploma in Cognitive and Behaviour Therapies, Foundation programme and training programmes for children and young people.
Carolyn is joint Programme Lead for the Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive and Behaviour Therapies: CBT IAPT Pathway.
Chris Moss – BSc (Hons) Psychology, PgDip APIMH in Primary Care, PgDip CBT, IPTUK Accredited Therapist, BABCP Accredited CBT Practitioner, Supervisor and Trainer
Chris is the Programme Lead for the Foundation in CBT and Clinical Tutor on the Postgraduate Diploma in CBT pathway. Chris completed his PG Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy at the PTTC in 2012 and joined the training centre team in 2018. Within his clinical role in primary care, Chris primarily utilises CBT, but has also trained in Compassion Focused Therapy and Interpersonal Psychotherapy.
Elaine Farrer – MSc Systemic and Family Therapy; UKCP registered Systemic Psychotherapist; PGCert Systemic Supervision; BN(Hons); RMN; RHV; RGN
Elaine is the Programme Lead for the CYP IAPT Post Graduate Diploma in Systemic Family Therapy (SFP) pathway. She worked in mental health nursing and health visiting before joining CAMHS in 2000. She has been a qualified, registered systemic and family therapist since 2005, working in a variety of split posts in CAMHS alongside practising as a family therapist including paediatric liaison, emergency response and leadership roles. She has extensive clinical, supervision and teaching experience and her practice is influenced by feminist systemic theories. Elaine has worked with the SFP team since 2015 and programme lead since 2021. She has published articles on the use of self and on teaching outcome measures but also has special interests in the systemics of organisations and the use of writing in therapy.
Ian Rushton – BSc (Hons), DClinPsy, PGCerts
Ian is the Programme Lead for Supervisor Training, overseeing the different therapeutic strands of the PGCert in Supervision Skills. Since qualifying as a Clinical Psychologist in 2010 Ian has worked in CAMHS and is currently Clinical Lead within the Wigan service. As part of this role he has been the borough’s CYP-IAPT Lead since 2016, linking with the PTTC to support his colleagues through the various training programmes. Ian has undertaken the Centre’s Post-Graduate Certificates in Service Leadership and Supervision Skills, gaining great first-hand experience of being a trainee. He continues to have strong links with North-West DClinPsy training programmes offering supervised placements, teaching, marking and research opportunities.
Jeanette (Jen) Kiernan – Dip SW, BA (Hons) Applied Social Studies, PgCert in AMHP in Primary Care, PgDip in CBT, MSc in CBT:
Jen is the Programme Lead for the CT2-3 Cognitive Behavioural Training. Jen is primarily a CBT Therapist in respect of her clinical practice. However, she also utilises EMDR, and CFT and MCT informed approaches in respect of my clinical work.
Jo Bromley B.A. (Hons); Clin.Psy.D; C.Psychol;
Jo is the joint Programme Lead for the CYP IAPT Postgraduate Certificate in Learning Disability and Autism pathway. Jo is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist who has worked with children with disabilities and their families since qualifying from Manchester University in 1995. Currently, Jo works within CAMHS in Manchester Foundation NHS Trust and is the Service Lead for a multidisciplinary team of psychologists and learning disability nurses who support children with disabilities and/or autism and their families. With colleagues, Christine Mellor and Samantha Todd, Jo has developed Riding the Rapids, a ten week programme for parents of children with additional needs which has been evaluated by York University and shown to be an effective, group intervention for decreasing challenging behaviour at home and supporting parental coping. Jo, Christine and Sam provide training through their social enterprise, Encompass Psychology Ltd and are committed to providing and developing evidence-based interventions for children with disabilities, children and young people with autism and their parents and carers. Jo is one of the authors of ‘Clinical Psychology: Working with People with Intellectual Disabilities’.
Karen Wright – MSc Systemic Psychotherapy, MSc Psychiatric Social Work, Dip SW, RGN, CYP IAPT Systemic Supervisor
Karen is the Programme Lead for the new MSc in Family & Systemic Psychotherapy. She has previously taught on the CYP IAPT Systemic Family Practice course for 5 years. She is a registered Systemic Family & Couple Psychotherapist with AFT & UKCP and registered Social Worker with Social Work England. She has over 20 years’ experience in CAMHS, Specialist Eating Disorder Services (Adult & Child) and the voluntary sector. Her areas of interest include adolescent depression & self-harm, couple therapy, eating disorders and attachment.
Kirsty completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Newcastle University in 2006 and following a brief period working in a Child and Family Psychology Service, moved to working in Community Adult Eating Disorder Services. After 3 years in the Lancashire service, she moved to GMMH (then GMW) Community Adult Eating Disorder Service and is about to mark 10 years with the team this year. In her clinical role she draws on a range of psychological therapies including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Eating Disorders (CBT-E).
In September 2020 (slightly delayed by COVID!) Kirsty joined the Psychological Therapies Training Centre as Lead Clinical Tutor/Programme Lead for the EPIC training programme. EPIC (Evidence Based Psychologically Informed Care) aims to equip non-psychological specialists in secondary care services (e.g EITs and CMHTs) with foundational psychological knowledge and skills to enhance their practice with the users of our services. Her role is to oversee the general coordination of the training (alongside Clare Molyneux, programme administrator), deliver some of the training and to collate feedback and generate evaluation reports to demonstrate the effectiveness and valued nature of the training.
Lisa is the joint Programme Lead for the CYP IAPT Postgraduate Diploma in Evidence Based Therapies - CBT Pathway
Louise is the Programme Lead for the Northwest 10-day HEE-funded programme in CBT for Persistent and Distressing Health Conditions, which offers both CPD and credit-bearing routes. Louise is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist working with people living with, or affected by, cancer and their health care teams. Louise is passionate about Physical Health Psychology and has a broad range of experience working in various healthcare settings, including in-patient and outpatient, and with different physical health concerns. Louise draws on Cognitive Behavioural Therapies, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Narrative Therapy in her practice regarding her work and teaching.
Martin Carey – BSc (Hons), DClinPsy, Dip CT:
Martin is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and is the Programme Lead for the Education Mental Health Practitioner Training Course at the Centre. He trained as a Clinical Psychologist at the University of East London, and subsequently trained in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Children and families at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, Kings College London. Martin’s clinical roles have included 15 years working in a CAMHS led early intervention service in Manchester, delivering a range of evidence-based interventions in Sure Start Children Centres, notably Video Interaction Guidance and Evidence based Parenting Programmes. Martin has a longstanding interest in the relationship between Parent and child mental health, as well as measuring outcomes. Martin has been involved in the dissemination of Video Interaction Guidance for over 10 years and has extensive experience of teaching training and supervision.
Melissa Street - BA (Hons),MA(SW), DipSW, PGDipCBT, CertEd, PGCert Supervisory Skills, BABCP. BABCP accredited CBT therapist
Melissa is the Programme Lead for the Post Graduate Certificate in Evidence-Based Psychological Treatment (CYWP). She has worked at the training centre since 2015. Melissa’s background was originally in Social Work and Social Work education. She has extensive experience in teaching, training and supervision and has worked in community CAMHS since 2003. She qualified as a CBT therapist in 2011 and is currently CBT Lead at Salford CAMHS. In addition to her role with the PTTC, and continuing to work therapeutically with young people, she is also involved in practice education and supervision for Manchester Foundation Trust.
Rebecca Linnell - MA Hons, Clin Psy D, Dip CT, BABCP Accredited Therapist
Rebecca is the joint Programme Lead for the CYP IAPT Postgraduate Diploma in Evidence Based Therapies - CBT Pathway, and was involved in setting up the course at its inception in 2012. She trained as a Clinical Psychologist at The University of Manchester and completed her PG Diploma in Cognitive Therapy at the centre in 2007. Rebecca worked for over 10 years in CAMHS in Manchester and has a long-standing interest in working with children and young people with anxiety. She has extensive experience of teaching, training and supervision.
Ruth is the Programme Lead for the CYP IAPT Postgraduate Diplomas Working with 0-5s pathway and Parent Training (PT) pathway and the CYP IAPT Postgraduate Certificate 0-2s pathway.
Samantha is the Joint Programme Lead for the Post Graduate Certificate in Advanced Applications of CBT: Psychosis & Bipolar Disorder pathway (CBTp) and year 2 of the Postgraduate Diploma in CBT: CBT for Psychosis & Bipolar Disorder (CBTp) Pathway. She is also the Assistant Clinical Director at the Psychosis Research Unit (PRU), GMMH.
Samantha is a Clinical Psychologist who completed a Doctorate at Leeds University and a PG Diploma in Cognitive Therapy. She has extensive clinical experience in psychosis and early intervention. For 10 years she was the clinical lead for the GMMH ‘At-Risk Mental States’ (ARMS) service and set up an ARMS service in a neighbouring Trust. She was a joint national trainer for the ’CAARMS Train the Trainers’ programme for Early Intervention Services across England.
In 2014, she joined the PTTC and in 2016 jointly set up the CBTp pathways with Mary Shinner. At PRU, she takes a lead on therapy adherence, CBTp training, supervision and developing the therapy team. She has worked on several research trials and has publications in the psychosis field. She provides CBTp in a research study context.
Samantha is passionate about reducing distress associated with psychosis and improving the quality and availability of evidence-based interventions within the NHS.
Samantha Heywood – BSc (Hons), MSc, CPsychol, PGCert IPT-A, IPT-A Accredited Therapist, Supervisor and Trainer
Sam is the Programme Lead for CYP IAPT Postgraduate Diploma in Evidence Based Therapies IPT-A pathway. She trained as a Counselling Psychologist at The University of Wolverhampton, qualifying in 2002, and has worked with children, young people and their families ever since. Sam has worked in CYP services in North Staffordshire for over 10 years and has been offering IPT-A to adolescents with depression in CAMHS for 5 years. Sam completed her PGCert in IPT-A here at the Centre and has been involved with the IPT-A training since 2018.
Samantha Todd - B.A. (Hons); Clin.Psy.D:
Sam is the joint Programme Lead for the CYP IAPT Postgraduate Certificate in Learning Disability and Autism pathway. Sam has worked in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services since qualifying as a Clinical Psychologist in 2001. Since 2005 she has worked in specialist roles with children with Autism Spectrum Conditions and/or learning disabilities, and their families. Sam now works for Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust in the Clinical Service for Children with Disabilities (part of Manchester CAMHS), a role which includes direct assessment and intervention as well as supervision, service development and training. With colleagues, Christine Mellor and Jo Bromley, Sam has developed Riding the Rapids, a programme for parents of children with additional needs which has been evaluated by York University and shown to be an effective, group intervention for decreasing behavioural challenges and promoting parental understanding and positive management of behaviour. Sam is the author of "The Little Book of the Autism Spectrum" (2013) and has presented at a number of conferences in relation to children and young people with ASC/ learning disabilities.
Stephanie Kennedy - BSc (Hons), MSc C.Psych., Dip CT.
Steph is the programme lead for the Post Graduate Diploma and the Advanced Certificate in the application of CBT for Personality Disorder. She qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 1990 from the University of Newcastle and subsequently completed the PG Diploma in Cognitive Therapy at the Centre. Prior to retiring from her full-time role as the Trust Lead for Psychological Services in GMMH NHS Foundation Trust, Steph worked in services across the adult mental health pathway, but mainly in secondary care community mental health services with people with complex needs. She has had a longstanding interest in improving service provision for people who attract a diagnosis of personality disorder, and returned to the centre part time in 2020, to take a lead on developing the CBTpd pathway of the CBT SMHP Programme. Steph has extensive experience in service management and development and in teaching, training and supervision.
Vicky is Joint Programme Lead for Post Graduate Certificate in Advanced Applications of CBT: Psychosis & Bipolar Disorder pathway (CBTp) and year 2 of the Postgraduate Diploma in CBT: CBT for Psychosis & Bipolar Disorder (CBTp) Pathway.
Having trained as a mental health nurse in 1996, Vicky worked in acute inpatient settings and as a care coordinator in Community Mental Health and Early Intervention in Psychosis Teams. Vicky completed the postgraduate diploma in CBT in 2008 and has since worked as a therapist with individuals experiencing At Risk Mental State and First Episode Psychosis.
Vicky joined the PTTC in November 2016 as a clinical tutor/supervisor and is passionate about developing evidenced based treatment options for individuals experiencing psychosis. Vicky has worked on several research trials in the past and currently works as a Trial Therapist at the Psychosis Research Unit within GMMH.
Victoria Carek – BSc (Hons), DClinPsy, BABCP Accredited as a Therapist:
Victoria is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and accredited BABCP practitioner. Victoria is the Programme Lead for the North West roll out of the HEE funded 10-day programme in CBT for persistent and Distressing Health Conditions, which offers both CPD and credit bearing routes. Victoria has worked at the Psychological Therapies Training Centre since 2017. Within her clinical role Victoria is based at an inner-city hospital working with physical health patients and healthcare professionals.
The Academic Advisor
Dr Polly Turner – University of Manchester
The External Examiners
Dr Alex Boyd - Deputy Director of CYP Programmes, University of Exeter
Mr Bob Pritchard - Practice Tutor CYP-IAPT, Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, University College London
Dr Caroline White - Head of Service / Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Children and Parents Service, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Heidi Mason - Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Salford CAMHS, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Hilary Howell - Independent systemic supervisor and tutor
Dr Laura Pass - EMHP Programme Co-Director; ClinPsyD Clinical Lecturer & Research Tutor, University of East Anglia
Dr Tess Maguire - Deputy Clinical Director / Clinical Psychologist, Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology, University of Southampton
Dr Yvonne Ayo - Independent Systemic Psychotherapist, Supervisor