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).

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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

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A perceptual control revolution?

Warren Mansell and Timothy A. Carey (2015)

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

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Beyond reward prediction errors: the role of dopamine in movement kinematics

Joseph W. Barter, Suellen Li, Dongye Lu, Ryan A. Bartholomew, Mark A. Rossi, Charles T. Shoemaker, Daniel Salas-Meza, Erin Gaidis and Henry H. Yin* (2015)

Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Department of Neurobiology, Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA

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Committee Members


Vyv Huddy


Susan McCormack


Filippo Varese

Branch Liaison

Heather Restall

Ordinary Member

Warren Mansell

Ordinary Member

Alex Cocklin


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


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