Meet the Training Team
Dr Mary Shinner – BSc (Hons.), MSc., D.Phil., Dip.Cog.Th:
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, 5 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.
Dr Deborah McNally – BSc (Hons.), D.Clin.Psy., Dip.Cog.Th:
Deb is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Assistant Director of GMMH PTTC and leads the CYP IAPT Programme of training for the North west. This includes the Postgraduate Diploma in Evidenced based Psychotherapies for Children and Young People (CBT and Parent Training for Conduct Problems), and Postgraduate Certificates in Service Leadership and Clinical Supervisory Skills. Deb has worked at the Greater Manchester Mental Health Psychological Therapies Training Centre since August 2006. Deb trained as a clinical psychologist in Manchester and completed her postgraduate diploma in cognitive therapy at the Centre. Deb has set up the Centre's CBT programmes at PGDip and certificate level for professionals working with children and young people. She teaches and supervises on all of these programmes. Her research interests are in parental cognition, anxiety in children and young people and the effect of physical health on psychological wellbeing. Deb has published in these areas and has presented at conferences and workshops for the BABCP. Deb has considerable experience using a CBT approach with children and young people.
Yvonne Slater – RMN, ENB 650., PG Dip CT
Yvonne is the Operational Lead for the Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive and Behaviour Therapies (CBT 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.
John Storey – RMN Dip.Cog.Th:
John is a clinical tutor at the Greater Manchester Mental Health Psychological Therapies Training Centre having joined in 2004. John has a background in mental health nursing where he has previously held the position of CPN working with people with a range of mental health problems. John completed the postgraduate diploma in cognitive therapy at the Centre and currently teaches on the Certificate programme and contributes to the supervision of students on the PG Diploma course. Within his clinical role, John works as a cognitive behavioural therapist in primary care.
Alison Yates – Bsc (Hons.), RMN, RGN, Dip.Cog.Th:
Alison is a clinical tutor 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, and is currently responsible for running a training programme in CBT for SHOs that runs twice a year. She also teaches and supervises on both the Diploma and Certificate courses.
Mandy Smith – BSc (Hons.), MA., PG Dip SW., PG Dip CBT:
Mandy is currently pathway Lead for the Post Graduate Diploma in Evidence Based Therapies (CBT) and the EEBP (Enhanced Evidenced Based practice) programmme. 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, Post Graduate Diploma in CBT and Post Graduate Certificate in supervisory skills here at the Centre. Mandy continues her clinical practice in core CAMHs with children and young people, and has a special interest working with trauma.
Dr Victoria Carek – BSc (Hons.), D.Clin.Psy:
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.
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 Systemic Family Practice (SFP) programme 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.
Tobyn Bell – MSc CBT, Dip CBT, RMN, PgCert Mindfulness:
Tobyn is the programme lead for the Foundation in CBT and clinical tutor on both the Adult and Children and Young People (CYP) Post-graduate Diploma in CBT. He is an accredited CBT therapist and mental health nurse, and specialises in compassion-focused therapy (CFT). Tobyn is currently completing a PhD and has published research on areas including imagery, compassion and supervision. He is the co-author of the book Compassion Focused Therapy from the Inside Out and gives training nationally and internationally in CFT.
Jeanette (Jen) Kiernan – Dip Social Work, BA (Hons) Applied Social Studies, PG Cert in Advanced Mental Health Practice in Primary Care, PG Dip in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapies, MSc in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapies:
Jen is the programme lead for the CT2-3 Cognitive Behavioural Training. Jen is primarily a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist in respect of her clinical practice. However, she also utilises EMDR, and CFT and MCT informed approaches in respect of my clinical work.
Dr Martin Carey – BSc (Hons.), D.Clin Psych, Dip.Cog.Th:
Martin is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, and is the Programme Lead for the Education Mental Health Practitioner Training Course at the Centre, as well as acting programme Lead for the post-graduate Diploma in Evidence Based Therapies for children aged 0-5. He trained as a Clinical Psychologist at the University of East London, and subsequently trained in Cognitive Behavior 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.
Internal Academic Advisor for Postgraduate Diploma programmes:
Professor Tony Morrison – University of Manchester
External Examiner for Postgraduate Diploma programmes:
Moira Doolan – Kings College London
Kerry Smith – Independent Practitioner, Supervisor and Trainer, Former Programme Lead for CBT Training at the University of Hull
Bob Pritchard – Practice Tutor CYP-IAPT, Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families/ University College London