PIT SIG

Latest news: November 2019

Dates for 2019 PIT SIG meetings announced. Click here for further details.

NEW LEVEL 1 PIT CPD COURSE LAUNCHED! PIT SIG UK is delighted to announce a new five-day introductory course in PIT, developed in collaboration with the University of Manchester. The course is taking place on the 9th-13th September 2019 at the University and will provide attendees with a basic knowledge of the approach, including the ability to use Level 1 PIT practical and formulation skills as an adjunct to other therapeutic models (including CBT). Click here for further information.

New Level 2 PIT course recently approved and due for launch soon. The University of Manchester have recently approved a new course offering advanced training and clinical supervision in PIT for people who wish to use the model as a standalone therapy in their clinical role. We will be releasing further information about this shortly.

NIHR gives 4m funding boost to research on PIT. NHS funding body the National Institute for Health Research has recently invested nearly 4m in two projects investigating the efficacy of PIT. The FReSH START study is investigating PIT as one of several treatments for people with a history of self-harm, while WORSHIP-III is a pragmatic trial of PIT for women offenders with repeat self-harm.

Welcome to the Psychodynamic Interpersonal Therapy (PIT) Special Interest Group UK website. This site has been set up as a source of information about PIT for patients and professionals who would like to know more about this form of psychological treatment.

What is Psychodynamic Interpersonal Therapy (PIT)?

Daisy PIT is a type of psychological treatment that has been shown to help people with a range of different problems, such as depression, self-harm, relationship difficulties, personality disturbance and functional (or so-called "medically unexplained") symptoms. Many people still refer to PIT by its original name – the “conversational model” – because the therapy takes the form of an in-depth conversation between two people (client and therapist), in which the client’s difficulties are explored and hopefully resolved. PIT places particular emphasis on being an accessible, almost entirely jargon-free form of psychological treatment. When used in the NHS, it is typically practised as a brief therapy. Research shows that it is both clinically efficacious and cost-effective.

For a straightforward introduction to what PIT involves, designed specifically with patients and carers in mind, please click here. A more technical description of the theory behind PIT and its main practical components can be found here.

History of PIT

Robert F. Hobson: Founder of the conversational modelThe conversational model was developed in the 1970s and 1980s by the British psychiatrist and psychotherapist Robert F. Hobson, in collaboration with the Australian psychiatrist Russell Meares. It was subsequently renamed PIT by UK researchers, who sought to formalise the method and obtain funding for large scale clinical trials of the approach. PIT now has one of the best evidence bases of all the psychodynamic therapies, with its benefits as a psychological treatment being demonstrated in several randomised clinical trials and other research studies.

About the PIT Special Interest Group

Manchester Town HallThe PIT Special Interest Group (UK) was established in Manchester in 2008 by a group of psychiatrists, psychologists and psychotherapists with a particular interest in using, developing, researching and promoting PIT as a psychological treatment. We meet every two months and hold regular events for professionals who are interested in learning more about PIT. Meetings and other events are normally held in Manchester, at the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology at Gaskell House, Manchester Mental Health and Social Care NHS Trust. All eligible professionals are welcome to join the group and it is free to do so.

Russell Meares: Co-founder of the conversational modelDue to its geographical origins, many of the clinicians who use PIT are based in the North and Northwest of England, which is where most of the research and training on PIT has historically taken place. Nevertheless, there is a growing network of clinicians across the UK who use PIT, with centres in Birmingham, Oxford, Exeter and elsewhere. The approach is also widely used in Australia, where it continues to be referred to as the conversational model. There are some small differences between the British and Australian versions of the model, but they are generally regarded as closely linked.

About this website

This website provides a range of PIT-related information and resources, as well as details of recent developments in PIT and forthcoming events. We provide accessible information about PIT for patients and other people who do not have a background in psychological therapy. For professionals, we also provide technical information about the theory and practice of PIT, links to PIT research papers, information about training and supervision in PIT, links to relevant websites and details of how to become a member of the PIT SIG.

We are currently in the process of setting up a members' area, where members will soon be able to download various PIT-related resources, including articles, manuals for particular clinical presentations, adherence and competence scales, lectures on PIT and so on.

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