IPT West Midlands Training Centre

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust launched the IPT West Midlands Training Centre in 2013 and offer training courses and supervision in IPT to IAPT Services and other organisations across the Midlands and East areas.

What is IPT? 

Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) is one of the recognised NICE psychological therapies for depression, and as such should be one of the range of therapies offered to people within IAPT services. IPT is a time-limited and focused treatment for major depression and other psychiatric disorders. IPT focuses on the intersection between the psychiatric symptoms and the interpersonal dysfunction. IPT establishes a collaborative focus with the client to address issues of interpersonal loss, change, dispute or isolation, identified as central to the current episode of depression. The therapist works with the client to recognise and communicate about his/her interpersonal difficulties to achieve resolution in the here and now. IPT supports the use and development of effective resources in the client's interpersonal network.


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Details for Level A Practitioner Training 

Cohort 24 (Online) - Start Date 19th September 2022 (Course Schedule)

Cohort 25 (Online) - Start Date 31st October 2022 (Course Schedule)

Cohort 26 (Online) - Start Date 27th February 2023 (Course Schedule)


Please email ipt.westmidlands@mpft.nhs.uk for further information 


Cohort 9 (Online) - Start date 9th January 2023 (Course Schedule)


Please email ipt.westmidlands@mpft.nhs.uk for further information 


IPT Practitioner Refresher Training

This training is suitable for trainees who are looking for top-up training, or for practitioners who wish to refresh their IPT skills. This is also suitable for those who have let their accreditation lapse and wish to renew. 


Location: Online (Course Schedule)

Date: Tuesday 10th January 2023 / Wednesday 11th January 2023

Time: 9:15am - 3.45pm

Fees: £130 for 2 days or £100 for 1 day


How to Book: Download the BOOKING FORM and send to ipt.westmidlands@mpft.nhs.uk


IPT Supervisor Refresher Training

This training is suitable for supervisor trainees who are looking for top-up training, or for supervisors who wish to refresh their IPT skills. This is also suitable for those who have let their accreditation lapse and wish to renew. Trainees can attend any day. 

Location: Online (Course Schedule)

Date: Wednesday 8th February, Thursday 9th March, Monday 24th April, Wednesday 24th May 2023

Time: 9:15am - 3.45pm


Location: Onsite (Staffordshire) 

Professional Development Day - This is an opportunity for networking with other qualified supervisors, updating skills and reviewing IPT UK supervision protocol including accreditation standards.  

Date: Wednesday 13th July 2023

Time: 9:15am - 3.45pm


Fees: £130 for 2 days or £100 for 1 day

How to Book: Download the BOOKING FORM and send to ipt.westmidlands@mpft.nhs.uk


Low-Intensity Training for Healthcare Workers 

Objectives for the Training:   

  • To develop an awareness of the theoretical foundation of IPT and Step 2 interventions that can be used within the role of a PWP or Healthcare worker
  • To further enhance skills in assessment and referrals for onward Step 3 treatment
  • To develop an awareness of Trauma and Loss and working with complicated grief in perinatal depression
  • To develop skills and understanding of working with the emotional and physical body and the impact this has on mental and physical health

This training will be delivered over a period of 2 days.  A training manual will be provided for every attendee to enhance and reinforce the learning.

A certificate for CPD hours will be provided by the IPT West Midlands Training Team, who provides bespoke training in mental health and is an accredited and approved IPT UK Training Centre.

Location: Online (Course Schedule)

Date: Monday 17th October / Tuesday 18th October 2022

Time: 9:15am - 3.45pm


Location: Onsite - Birmingham (Course Schedule

Date: Thursday 8th June / Friday 9th June 2023

Time: 9.15am - 4.45pm


Fees: £200 for both days or £100 for 1 day

How to Book: Download the BOOKING FORM and send to ipt.westmidlands@mpft.nhs.uk


Date: TBC

Time: TBC

Topic: TBC

Venue: Online

Fees: Free to IPT UK Members, £30 for non-members 

How to book: Details to follow shortly 

Please email ipt.westmidlands@mpft.nhs.uk for further information 

Dr Marie Wardle - Programme Director - (MBACP, IPT UK) PhD, MA, PG Dip and PGCE

Marie Wardle edited.jpgMarie has worked for Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (MPFT) for over 20 years in various clinical settings, including secondary care services, community mental health teams, primary care services and IAPT. She is the founder of IPT West Midlands and an IPT-UK approved trainer. Originally trained as an integrative psychotherapist and clinical supervisor, studying at the University of Manchester (School of Education), Liverpool and Chester. She has undertaken a 3-year curriculum course in Psychiatry (MRCpsych) at the Teaching Hospital in North Staffs. and has led on various programmes in mental health, lecturing and supervising on MRCpsych programmes, and other organizations. Her recent research interests are in lifestyle medicine and developing courses in this growing field.  


Heather Morgan - IPT UK Trainer and  Supervisor - BSc, MA., PG. Dip, PGC, IPT UK, MBACP

Heather Morgan - edited.jpgHeather is an accredited IPT UK Practitioner and Supervisor and is employed with MPFT.  She has worked with the Trust for 16 years as a psychotherapist and clinical supervisor. She has many years’ experience working in different mental health sectors with previous roles in independent organisations including Alcohol Services and Employee Assistance Programmes. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Podiatric Medicine (University of Westminster), a Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Supervision and MA in Counselling Studies (University of Chester).



Lorraine Manley - Accredited Trainer, Supervisor & Practitioner - MA, Adv PG Dip, PGC, PGC CBT, MBACP, IPT UK

Lorraine Manley- edited.jpgLorraine is an accredited IPT UK Trainer, Supervisor and Practitioner. She qualified with a degree in Person-Centred Therapy and a Masters in Counselling Studies from the University of Liverpool. Lorraine has worked for MPFT for nearly 20 years in various clinical settings across the Trust as a Supervisor, IPT therapist and Counsellor. Her previous working experience has included; working for Shropshire Council Youth Services offering counselling to children and young people, for the Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS FT providing counselling and CBT for adult services and Consultant Psychotherapist for Cheshire East CMHT Psychology Department, offering High-Intensity step 4 CBT and Psychotherapy. She has also spent 16 years volunteering and offering her services as a Supervisor for Shropshire Cruse Bereavement Services.


Rachel Lloyd - IPT UK Accredited IPT Practitioner and Supervisor

Rachel Lloyd - edited.jpgRachel is a an accredited IPT practitioner and supervisor. Working in the NHS since 2005 in a number of hospital clinical settings before completing a diploma in Person-Centred Counselling in 2013. In 2014 she joined a primary care mental health team as a counsellor before completing training in IPT in 2017 and going onto advanced practitioner and supervisors training in 2019. She currently works within an NHS IAPT team delivering step 3 IPT on a full-time basis.




Sharon Willis - IPT UK Accredited IPT Practitioner and Supervisor

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Sharon is an accredited IPT UK Practitioner and Supervisor who has worked in various settings throughout her career. She previously worked within Further Education teaching students including those with behavioural, physical and learning needs. In addition, Sharon was a course leader and taught level one counselling skills to adult learners. Sharon worked closely with the student advice and guidance team providing counselling to students, staff and young people in education. Sharon has also worked for a charity-based organization focusing on substance misuse, working alongside Probation, MARAC, Social Services and other universal agencies. During this time Sharon delivered groups, facilitated events and worked with families; she also partnered with Bernardo’s on a project supporting families affected by substance misuse. For the last seven and a half years Sharon has been working within the NHS trust as a counsellor and IPT therapist in Mental Health.  Sharon is currently part of the IAPT High-Intensity team working up to step 4 and alongside her colleague introduced and developed IPT into the service

Joanne Hooson – Business Support Officer - BSc (Hons) Sociology

Joanne Hooson edited.jpgJoanne has 25 years of experience in healthcare administration. Ranging from Health Authorities, community hospitals, public health, prison healthcare and most recently children's mental health. Joanne joined the IPT Team in June 2021 and supports the Management, Supervisors and Administration Team. 



Sarah Power - Course Administrator

Sarah Power edited.jpgSarah is an experienced administrator with over 22 years of experience in a pharmaceutical healthcare setting. Her last position was held with EMIS Community Pharmacy as an Advisor, responsible for managing the installation and training of patient medication record systems for pharmacy at both a group and independent level, ensuring connectivity for pharmacists to deliver patient healthcare. Having been in this industry for other 20 years she has decided that the time was right to change her career path and joined the NHS in 2019 as a Course Administrator in IPT and is currently in Year 2 in her Psychology and counselling degree. 

Sara Healey - Assistant Course Administrator

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Sara has 20 plus years experience of working in the community. She assisted different teams during this time which include learning disabilities, looking after senior clients and also for those suffering from mental health.  Most recently Sara Joined the NHS as part of the Access to mental health team, where she developed her administrative skill, as well as updating her knowledge of primary and secondary care. Sara joined IPT in September 2020 after returning from maternity leave and wanting a change of direction within the trust.



IPT External Supervisors 

Matt Hewitt – Accredited BACP, CFD and IPT UK Practitioner, qualified CFD/IPT/Generic Supervisor level 7

Matt Hewitt edited.jpgMatt is an accredited IPTUK/ BACP Practitioner, CFD/IPT/Generic Supervisor, Integrative Psychotherapist/ Senior Manager. He is employed as a CFD/ IPT and Clinical Supervisor/ Senior Manager/CBT/PWP Team leader and as a Counsellor and IPT practitioner working in GP surgeries and privately throughout Derbyshire. He has many years of experience working in different mental health sectors with previous roles in the voluntary sector and several years’ experience working in IAPT Primary Care for the NHS. Matt was trained as an IPT Practitioner and Supervisor by Dr. Roslyn Law, Dr. Helen Burchill and Dr. Ronnie Browne who are based at the Anna Freud Centre in London and at Lincoln Hospital.  Andy Hill also trained Matt, head of research BACP on the very first CFD practitioner training at Warwick University. Matt was trained as a CFD supervisor by Assistant Professor at Nottingham University, Catherine Hayes.   He has a Diploma in Person-Centred Therapy (University of Derby) level 4 qualification in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Qualified in Counselling for Depression, qualified to provide therapy for children using a Solution Focussed Model and holds a level 7 Master’s Degree level Generic supervision qualification awarded by the Sherwood Institute in Nottingham. CFD supervision qualification the University of Nottingham. He possesses knowledge of many different models including Mindfulness.  He is also a published author in his spare time. Matt is a member of IPTUK and a BACP member.

Jane Taylor -  IPT UK Practitioner & Supervisor

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Jane is an accredited IPT Practitioner & Supervisor. Her core profession is Occupational Therapy and previously worked with those with severe and enduring mental health problems. In 2007 she obtained her second BSc (Hons) Degree in Therapeutic Interventions. In 2008 she moved into the specialist field of Eating Disorders and worked across two community Eating Disorder Services for Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Foundational Trust. In 2015 she obtained her current position of Team Manager for the Bolton Eating Disorder Service where her role is split equally between management and clinical input. She is a member of IPT UK and registered on the HCPC register



Nick Riches – IPT UK Therapist and Supervisor

Nick Riches - edited.jpgNick is an IPT therapist and Supervisor (IPT UK Accredited) and CBT therapist and supervisor (BABCP Accredited). 2001 employed as a counsellor in Worcestershire NHS Drug and Alcohol Services whilst training with the Psychology Dept and the University of Worcester. 2008 employed Cambridgeshire Psychological Wellbeing services (CPFT), whilst studying Postgraduate Diploma in CBT. 2014, attended the IPT level A+B training through the University of Surrey. 2019, IPT level C+D training with The West Midlands IPT training Centre.


Karen Jervis – IPT UK supervisor.  MBACP Snr Acc supervisor (Counsellor), COSRT Snr Acc member and supervisor (Relationship and Psychosexual Therapy), IPT UK accredited practitioner and supervisor, NLP Master Practitioner, Coach, Tutor/Trainer, and ex-banker

Karen Jervis - edited.jpg

I was initially a banker for 26 years and then changed profession and have been a therapist for nearly 20 years.  Looking at my picture I know you are now saying ‘she doesn’t look old enough to have achieved all that and thank you if you did.  I work part-time for the NHS and the rest of my time is in private practice as a therapist and supervisor. My NHS work is in IAPT in the Coventry and Warwickshire team as a CfD Counsellor, IPT Therapist and supervisor, Psychosexual Therapist and Counselling supervisor.  In my private practice, I am an EAP for local government as well as working for other nationwide EAP’s and my own client list from referrals from my awarding body sites as well as other word of mouth referrals.  I have also taught at varying levels from the Advanced Diploma (L4) in Therapeutic Counselling to the Combined Certificates in Counselling Skills & Studies (Theory) and Introduction to Counselling.

Zee Cassam - IPT UK accredited Practitioner and Supervisor

Zee Cassam - edited.jpgI am an accredited IPT UK Practitioner and Supervisor. I have recently joined MPFT as an external supervisor.  I have worked for 25 years in various clinical settings across the Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust. My previous working experience have included; working in Adult ward setting, Community Mental Health Team, Common Mental Health Problem Service in Primary Care and Leicester City IAPT Service. I am currently employed as High Intensity Therapist providing Step 3 treatments as per NICE guidelines within the Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland IAPT Service.


Catherine Crossley -  IPT UK accredited Practitioner and Supervisor

Catherine Crossley - edited.jpgHello, my name is Catherine Crossley. I trained as a counsellor back in 1998 and initially started working as a Drug Worker in Leeds Prison. When I left the Prison, I began working as an NHS Primary Care Counsellor in Halifax in November 2003. This service was privatised in 2008 and I had a short while working for the new provider before returning to an NHS service in Pontefract, again as a Primary Care Counsellor, in 2009. With this service, I trained in IPT in 2010 and then became an IPT supervisor in 2012/13. Since then I have also trained in Couples Therapy for Depression. I was Tupe’d to Turning Point in 2016 with the rest of my IPT colleagues and have been very happy to work in larger service with many different therapists from all disciplines. In my free time, you will find me in wellies at the farm where I keep my horse. I ride regularly throughout the week and this is definitely the best thing for my mental health, fresh air, exercise and being in the moment with Meg.




  • There is a lot to learn, but the course is well structured and I found it interactive, challenging and very informative. I am looking forward to getting going now with my clients.’
  • ‘Well organised. Comprehensive materials. Great handbooks. Excellent teaching staff. Handy to see case examples, portfolios and practice skills.’
  • ‘Facilitators are very enthusiastic and clear about the model. Questions were welcomed. Combination of teaching method and able to work in small groups.’

Interpersonal Psychotherapy Training Contact Details

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