Psychological Therapies Training Centre


The Psychological Therapies Training Centre (formerly CBT Training Centre and Salford Cognitive Therapy Training Centre) is part of Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMMH) and was established in 2000 as part of what was then Mental Health Services of Salford, with the aim of creating a centre of excellence for cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) training in the northwest region.  Since then, the Training Centre has responded to national developments aimed at improving the quality and access of evidence based psychological therapies across all mental health services. This has meant an expansion beyond CBT to include a range of evidence based psychological therapies and interventions, including Parent Training, Systemic Family Practice and Therapy and Interpersonal Therapy for Adolescents. It has also meant a broadening of training in therapies relevant to different service users: children and young people and their carers & families, people with learning disabilities, people with long term health conditions, and in a broader range of settings including schools.

Our aim is to provide high quality and fit-for-purpose training in Evidence-Based Psychological Therapies and Practice to our students, who are mental health practitioners and therapists, their supervisors and managers, working in a range of clinical settings.

This aim has been achieved and maintained with the support of managers at GMMH, the University of Manchester, our regional service partners, and that of regional, national and international leaders in a range of evidence based psychological interventions and therapies.

All centre staff are highly experienced in their specialist therapeutic field, and have extensive training in their approach. The programmes we run are mostly at Postgraduate level, but we have a range of entry routes to try and ensure broader access to training.  We are working to improve the representativeness of our staff and students, and actively welcome interest from potential staff and students who are people from communities that have experienced and are experiencing racial inequalities. We are also developing processes including routine staff training, to ensure that issue of equality and diversity are better integrated and addressed across our curricula.



At the Psychological Therapies Training Centre we offer a range of courses, with a variety of access routes.

Most of the courses will be a blend of face to face and online teaching, with any face to face teaching being based on and/or nearby the Prestwich site of GMMH.  They are designed to fit in with NHS recommendations regarding the development of clinical practice as stipulated in the National Service Framework. Skills and knowledge gained on these programmes will enable Practitioners to meet the objectives set out in Clinical Governance.

The Psychological Therapies Training Centre is committed to the principles of lifelong learning and continuing professional development.


Child and Young Peoples Programmes

Child and Young People's Programmes

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Credit Bearing and CPD Courses

Credit Bearing and CPD Courses

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