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This course focuses on metacognitive interpersonal therapy, an integrative therapy with promising results in the treatment of complex and treatment-resistant personality disorders.

Who should participate

Metacognitive interpersonal therapy draws on cognitive behavioural therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy and psychodynamic therapy traditions. Knowledge and practice experience in one of these therapies will enable you to get the most benefit from this course. We expect the course to be especially valuable to psycologists, psychiatrists, mental health professionals, and those working in substance abuse and forensic service areas.



The Bernard O'Shea In-service Centre
19 Lovedale Street
Qld 4051


This course runs over 2 days:

  • Friday 1 May 2015
  • Saturday 2 May 2015


Non-Australian Psychological Society (APS) Members

  • Standard fee: $660 (GST included)
  • Early bird discounted fee (available until 2 March 2015): $550 (GST Included)

APS Members

  • Standard fee: $550 (GST included)
  • Early bird discounted fee (available until 2 March 2015): $450 (GST Included)

QUT Student

  • Standard fee: $330 (GST included)

Fees include:

  • course materials, including relevant papers outlining the model and its application
  • morning tea and lunch.


For more information about course content, contact Maria Lyne.

For questions about registration or payments, contact the office of Continuing Professional Education.

Registrations are now closed. Register your interest for future courses.

While personality disorders are much less common than high prevalence disorders such as anxiety and depression, their treatment occupies a substantial part of both private and public mental health practice. There are two reasons for this. The first is that they involve deeply entrenched thinking, relational and behavioural characteristics, which means that change is slow. The second is that personality disorders typically result in substantial functional impairment, which often flows through to others and the wider community. Personality disorders cannot be simply ignored.

Metacognitive interpersonal therapy for personality disorders (MIT-PD) is different from other approaches to treatment of personality disorder, in that it does not focus on specific symptoms or behaviour and therefore does not target specific personality disorders. Rather it targets the pervasive higher-order thinking, interpersonal and behavioural characteristics that can be found in all personality disorders. MIT-PD is based on a structured and manualized set of procedures aimed at guiding the clinicians' therapeutic engagement and treatment from the very first session to the treatment conclusion.

The starting point is collaborative case formulation, which is developed by identifying the maladaptive interpersonal schemas as appearing in the patients' autobiographical narratives. Once a shared formulation is established, the therapy works on metacognitive differentiation or critical distance from maladaptive interpersonal schemas and experiential access to the healthy self. Throughout therapy, there is a focus on prevention and repair of alliance ruptures, metacommunication in the therapeutic relationship, and behavioural experiments.

Learning activities

The course will contain both didactic and experiential components, including:

  • live and video demonstrations of MIT-PD
  • case discussions
  • detailed analysis of core therapeutic interventions.

We recommend this course for:

  • psychologists, psychiatrists and other mental health professionals in private practice
  • mental health professionals working in Queensland's public mental health services
  • mental health professionals working in headspace and other services for young adults
  • professionals working in substance use and forensic services.


Giancarlo Dimaggio, MD, psychiatrist and psychotherapist, founding member of the Center for Metacognitive Interpersonal Therapy, Rome. Trainer for the Italian Society of Cognitive and Behavior Psychotherapy (SITCC). He has published more than 100 papers on theory, research and treatment of personality disorders and schizophrenia. He has written or edited six books about psychopathology and psychotherapy. He developed Metacognitive Interpersonal Therapy for personality disorders and is training or supervising teams in Denmark, Norway and Portugal.

Register your interest

Registrations are now closed. Register your interest for future courses.

Registration for this course is now closed. Contact the Office of Continuing Professional Education to register your interest for future offerings of this course. We'll let you know when dates are confirmed and registrations open.


When you register for the course, you'll create an account with us and pay your fees online by credit or debit card.

You will be able to access your account, including your invoice, using your email address and password.

FEE-HELP and HECS are not available for Continuing Professional Education courses.


To cancel your registration, you must apply in writing to the Course Manager at the Office of Continuing Professional Education.

If you cancel at least 10 business days before the course commences, you will receive a partial refund, ie: the total fee minus a non-refundable $100 administration fee. No registration refunds will be made after this time.

We reserve the right to cancel the course under certain circumstances, such as unavailability of staff. If this happens, we will advise you as soon as possible, and give you a full refund. We are not responsible for any expenses you may have incurred if the course is cancelled.