Control Theory Special Interest Group


The overarching aims of a Control Theory SIG would be as follows:

  1. To facilitate the dissemination, discussion and evaluation of control theory explanations of psychological distress, in particular the use of Perceptual Control Theory (Powers, 1973, 2005).

  2. To facilitate the training and dissemination of therapeutic approaches that are based on control theory, predominantly the Method of Levels (see below for resources).

Control Theory SIG Logo

Initially, we would set the following objectives in order to reach these aims:

  1. A meeting every year on the Tuesday preceding the Annual BABCP conference

  2. Regular contributions of workshops and symposia to the Annual BABCP conference

  3. Members would submit regular articles on their work to BABCP publications - CBT Today, Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, and The Cognitive Behaviour Therapist

  4. Members would facilitate links with appropriate international organisations studying control theory and it's therapeutic implications


Science and Practice of Transdiagnostic CBT: A Perceptual Control Theory (PCT) Approach

Sarah Alsawy, Warren Mansell, Timothy A. Carey, Phil McEvoy, and Sara J. Tai (2014)

International Journal of Cognitive Therapy: Vol. 7, No. 4, pp. 334-359

Read article

A perceptual control revolution?

Warren Mansell and Timothy A. Carey (2015)

November 2015 Vol.28 (pp.896-899)

Read article

Committee Members


Vyv Huddy


Susan McCormack


Robert Griffiths

Branch Liaison

Heather Restall

Ordinary Members

Warren Mansell

Alex Cocklin

Filippo Varese


You can read more about Method of Levels and Perceptual Control Theory by going to the following links –

Publications About MOL

Click here for videos demonstrating MOL to learn about the therapy, PCT and to get a feel for an MOL session


Contact the Control Theory Special Interest Group by emailing


Control Theory

17 November 2017

Method of Levels Mini Skills Session

Presented by Warren Mansell


University of Manchester

9.30am to 12.00pm
(Registration from 9.00am)

Method of Levels Skills Session

Drs Warren Mansell and Sara Tai are offering a free skills session for SIG members who have already attended an introductory workshop on Method of Levels and are keen to practice, get feedback on their practice, further develop their skills, and answer any questions they have about implementing the approach.

The session is from 9am to 12pm on Friday 17th November at the Turing Room, Coupland One, University of Manchester -

Please email Warren Mansell - if you would like to attend.