Meet the Training Team

The Directors

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 is the Programme Lead for the Postgraduate Diploma in CBT. 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 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). 

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.

 

Chris Moss – BSc (Hons) Psychology, PgDip APIMH in Primary Care, PgDip CBT, IPTUK Accredited Therapist, BABCP Accredited Therapist

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.

 

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’. 

 

Kirsty Sturzaker

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.

 

Mandy Smith – BSc (Hons), MA, PgDip SW, PgDip CBT:

Mandy is the Programme Lead for the CYP IAPT Enhanced Evidenced Based practice (EEBP) programme and is the joint Programme Lead, along with Rebecca Linnell, on the CYP IAPT Postgraduate Diploma in CBT pathway.  Mandy’s background is social work, she has worked in a variety of settings with children and young people experiencing mental health difficulties and adversity.  Mandy completed her certificate in CBT, Postgraduate Diploma in CBT and Post Graduate Certificate in supervisory skills here at the Centre.  She is BABCP accredited as trainer, supervisor and clinician.  Mandy continues her clinical practice in core CAMHs with children and young people, and has a special interest working with trauma.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Tom O'Neill – BSc (Hons), CQSW, MA (Econ), Dip FT, Advanced Diploma in Systemic Supervision:

Tom has been the Programme Lead for the CYP IAPT Postgraduate Diploma in Systemic Family Practice (SFP) pathway since it began in 2014 and he also teaches and supervises on this course. Tom’s early professional background was in social work with children and families which he worked in for eleven years before becoming a family therapist working in Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS). Up until his retirement from the NHS in 2016, Tom was Consultant Family Therapist in Manchester CAMHS for 14 years working with working with children and young people with a range of mental health problems in both outpatient and inpatient services.

 

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.

 

Yvonne Slater – RMN, ENB 650, PgDip CT, Accredited BABCP Therapist, Trainer & Supervisor:

Yvonne is the Programme Lead for the Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive and Behaviour Therapies (CBT/CT Pathway) at the Greater Manchester Mental Health Psychological Therapies Training Centre and has been involved with the Centre since its inception in 2000. She has a background in mental health nursing and trained as a behavioural psychotherapist with Brighton University in 1995 before going on to complete her Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Therapy in Newcastle. Yvonne’s primary responsibility is that of leading the High Intensity Diploma training programme, she also teaches and supervises on the other programmes at the Centre. She combines her teaching and supervisory role with a clinical role in Primary Care.

Internal Academic Advisors

Professor Tony Morrison – University of Manchester

External Examiners

External Examiners for Postgraduate Diploma programmes:

Alex Boyd - Deputy Director of CYP Programmes, University of Exeter

Bob Pritchard – Practice Tutor CYP-IAPT, Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families/ University College London

Tess Maguire - Deputy Clinical Director / Clinical Psychologist, Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology - University of Southampton