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The Method of Levels

The Method of Levels

This webinar will introduce you to the Method of Levels (MOL). MOL is a flexible, effective, and efficient a-diagnostic cognitive therapy that is informed by the principles of Perceptual Control Theory (PCT). MOL engages each person’s problem-solving and equilibrium-seeking resources to promote their own wellbeing in a way that is likely to be enduring and generative. 

From a framework of Patient-Perspective Care, the starting point for treatment is the subjective experience of the individual and, by assisting the person to expand their awareness and increase the interconnectedness of elements of their internal worlds, they can make different sense of their difficulties and forge new and more contented lives. 

Psychological distress as it is formulated from a PCT perspective is considered to arise from conflicted goal states that cannot, for some reason, be reconciled. By providing treatment from the individual’s perspective, MOL forges an a-diagnostic, rather than a transdiagnostic agenda, and is well suited to complex cases as well as addressing some of the more difficult problems in therapy such as noncompliance, lack of engagement, and poor motivation. 

Key Concepts

  • Normal functioning understood as a process of control
  • Psychological distress formulated as enduring goal conflict
  • Change occurring through a process of reorganisation
  • The importance of a first-person, patient-perspective care approach to solving psychological problems. 

Webinar Learning Outcomes

By the end of this webinar participants will be able to:

  • Describe three important principles of control;
  • List 4 key elements of effective therapy;
  • Identify what disruptions are and why they’re important; and
  • Name the two goals of MOL 

About our presenter: Professor Timothy Carey
Professor Timothy Carey is the Chair of Country Health Research and Innovation at Curtin University. Tim is an avid scientist-practitioner with a PhD in Clinical Psychology, an MSc in Statistics, a Postgraduate Certificate in Biostatistics, and tertiary qualifications in early childhood education and special education. He is a senior Australian academic and Fulbright Scholar who has combined clinical practice with research and university teaching and training throughout his career. Tim has over 175 publications including books, book chapters, and journal articles with some being translated into other languages including Italian, Indonesian, Dutch, and Korean. Spanish and Japanese translations are underway. He has worked in rural and underserved communities in both Scotland and remote Australia and as an academic in Australia, the US, and Rwanda. 

Tim is one of the world’s leading scholars in developing applications of the science of organic, autonomous control described by Perceptual Control Theory (PCT) and has pioneered initiatives such as “Patient-Perspective Care” and “Patient-Led Appointment Scheduling”. He writes about the way in which PCT can help people lead more contented and fulfilling lives on his In Control blog on Psychology Today which has had more than 1.5 million views. 

Tim has been developing, evaluating, providing, and training others in the Method of Levels (MOL) cognitive therapy that is based on curious, exploratory, deep listening to a person’s verbal and nonverbal communication about their psychological and social functioning. To improve the accessibility of the unique questioning used in MOL, Tim developed a smartphone app called MindSurf. 

He is passionate about personal empowerment, contentment and wellbeing, equity and social justice, and cross-cultural perspectives and understandings. More information about Tim and MOL can be found at and


Webinar timing: 7:00 – 8:00 pm AEST

Access to the recording of this webinar: A recording of this webinar will be available through the CPD Webinar Library, but for the best experience and the opportunity to ask your questions, join us live. Everyone who registers will be advised via email as soon as the recording is available. Members have unlimited access to the recording, and non-members will have access for 6 months.

Thursday, 04 July 2024
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm (AEST)
$0 - $30
1 CPD Points