Post-Induction Therapy (PIT)


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Workshop Quick Summary

Workshop: Post-Induction Therapy (virtual training)

Category: Professional Development

What: An intensive two-part training based on Pia Mellody’s pioneering work. PIT’s premise is that childhood trauma, including child abuse and neglect, is the origin of developmental immaturity.

Who: Professional therapists seeking training in identifying and treating the underlying trauma of most addictive and dysfunctional processes.

Cost: $2,000 (includes five days of online training and all training materials)

CEs: Professionals can earn 32.5 continuing education credits for completing all five days of training.

Location: All training takes place virtually via Zoom

Workshop Quick Take

The premise of PIT is that childhood trauma, including abuse and neglect, is the origin of developmental immaturity. In this training for professionals you’ll learn how to use Pia Mellody’s therapeutic techniques for identifying and treating the underlying trauma of most addictive and dysfunctional processes.

All About the Workshop

Post-Induction Therapy (PIT) training introduces a model of treatment for addressing childhood developmental trauma including abuse and neglect, that is underlying most addictive and dysfunctional processes. Developed by Pia Mellody, a pioneer in the field of addiction and codependency, The PIT Model is a unique integration of many psychological theories and principles as well as original concepts identified by Mellody into a treatment paradigm that is highly effective for the treatment of developmental immaturity/arrest due to childhood relational trauma. This intensive five-day course includes a comprehensive explanation of the revolutionary PIT Model, including the five core symptoms of codependency/developmental immaturity, the four phases of treatment, and the therapeutic techniques used for identifying and treating the underlying trauma of addictive and dysfunctional processes.

Academic Requirements

This professional training is meant for practicing therapists, counselors, and practitioners, who fit it into the following categories:

  • Licensed mental health and medical healthcare practitioners
  • Pastoral counselors
  • Master’s or doctorate-level professionals
  • Internationally licensed or certified mental health and medical healthcare practitioners

Cost: $2,000 per person includes five days intensive training (presented in two separate sessions) and all training materials. Qualified participants who complete the course can earn 32.5 continuing education credits. (It is recommended that you complete our Survivors I Workshop before or after the training.)

Schedule for PIT TRAINING
2022 dates coming soon

Learning Objectives


After this training, attendees will be able to:

  • Discuss the important role that family-of-origin issues play in attachment and
  • Discuss the issue of codependency in terms of having an unhealthy relationship with self and others due to developmental arrest from childhood relational trauma resulting in developmental immaturity
  • Describe the five core issues and the five secondary symptoms of developmental immaturity
  • Describe the Post-Induction Therapy model and the four phases of treatment
  • Explain the concepts of the Wounded Child, the Adapted Wounded Child, the Adapted Adult Wounded Child, and the Functional Adult — and how these are seen in the client



After this training, attendees will be able to:

  • Apply techniques to assist clients in describing and writing about their issues of childhood relational trauma, abuse, and struggle around the five core symptoms
  • Demonstrate debriefing, a primary psychosocial tool, in the Post-Induction Therapy model
  • Explain the concepts of integration work
  • Explain the concepts of carried emotions and negative introjects
  • Discuss inner child and feeling reduction experiential trauma work with clients
  • Explain the concepts of love addiction and love avoidance
  • Assess one’s own limitations as a therapist and assess when it is appropriate to continue or discontinue a particular course of experiential trauma work with a client


Sarah Bridge, LCSW

Senior Clinical Advisor, Meadows Behavioral Healthcare

In addition to her private practice in Scottsdale, Arizona, Sarah Bridge has spent the past 14 years lecturing and co-facilitating more than 150 PIT trainings for mental health professionals, including over 100 alongside Pia Mellody. Bridge holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from UCLA and a master’s in clinical social work from USC. She has over 33 years of experience working in the mental health field with trauma survivors. Her past experience includes both outpatient and inpatient hospital settings, including UCLA and Johns Hopkins, as well as in outpatient community mental health clinics in Ithaca, New York and Phoenix, Arizona. Additionally, Bridge provides case consultation to other clinicians nationwide and internationally and has conducted PIT training in Europe as well as the US.

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Deirdre Stewart, LPC, SEP, BCN

Vice President of Trauma Resolution Services, Meadows Behavioral Healthcare

MBH Vice President of Trauma Resolution Services Deirdre Stewart holds a bachelor’s degree in communication from Pepperdine University and received a master’s in counseling from The University of New England in New South Wales. Stewart completed internships at South Pacific Private in Sydney, Australia; Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, Connecticut; and Family Behavioral Health IOP in Boca Raton, Florida. Before relocating back to the United States in 2008, she was in private practice at Hong Kong Psychological Services in Hong Kong. A licensed professional in the state of Arizona, Stewart is trained in Pia Mellody’s Post Induction Therapy and Inner Child and Feeling Reduction intensives, board-certified in neurofeedback, and she is also trained in both traditional and somatic attachment-focused EMDR, Neuro Affective Relational Model (NARM), and Somatic Experiencing.

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All classes will be conducted virtually, live on Zoom. Each day’s session will meet online from 7:45 am-4 pm (Arizona Time).

For more details about this workshop and to register, please email Cindy Warren or call 928-232-0435.

Cancellation policy: For a full refund (less cost of homework materials sent), a written cancellation notice must be received 60 days prior to the training. Cancellations received less than 60 days prior will be refunded less cost training materials and a $500 cancellation fee. No refunds will be given on or after the workshop date.

Special Assistance: The Meadows is committed to providing all attendees equal access to this event; call two weeks prior to event for ADA needs.

Continuing Education Credits: In order to obtain a certificate of completion, you must attend the training in its entirety. No partial credit will be given. No exceptions. Please note that it is your responsibility to contact your licensing/certification boards to determine eligibility to meet your continuing education requirements.

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