Introduction to Cognitive Analytic Therapy: A Two Day Course

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A course for professionals working with mental health interested in the concepts and practice of CAT.


We will soon be running this successful course again. Please contact us if you wish to register your interest for this event.

The dates for this course are Monday 5th and Monday 12th October 2015

The cost is £160 / £175* depending on payment/invoicing options.

The venue is:

Nwes Enterprise Centre Bury St Edmunds
100 Southgate Street
Bury St Edmunds
IP33 2AQ

Please see below for the Course Information, or click on the links for the Course Information Sheet or Booking Form.

Course Information Sheet

Booking Form

Course Information

About Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT)

This information is a summary of that outlined on the ACAT website ( at the time of writing.

Cognitive Analytic Therapy is a collaborative model of therapy that seeks to understand the way a person thinks, feels and acts, exploring the events and relationships that lead to these experiences (often from childhood or earlier in life). It is an integrative therapy, bringing together ideas and understanding from different therapeutic approaches.

CAT is a therapy that is tailored to a person’s individual needs and to his or her own manageable goals for change. It is a time-limited therapy – typically between 8 and 24 sessions. It is available in many parts of the NHS and also within private practice.

At its core is an empathic relationship between the client and therapist within the therapeutic boundaries, the purpose of which is to help the client understand and make sense of their situation and to find ways of making changes for the better.

CAT can be used as a therapy, working directly with people struggling with mental health problems, of all severities. It can also be used to understand and work indirectly with people by focusing on the contextual relationships, either in home/family situations or within professional relationships. It is also a model that can be used to inform practices within supervision, management and organisational contexts.

Aims of Course:

Using a variety of interactive teaching methods, including clinical examples, observation, large and small group exercises and role play to:

Give an overview of the history and development of CAT

Teach the theory underpinning the formulations and applications of CAT

Introduce and practice using key CAT tools

For those wanting to learn CAT skills:

CAT can be integrated into usual working practice to enhance understanding and management of either therapeutic or working relationships. It is a versatile psychological model and it is possible to use many different elements from CAT without undertaking formal therapy.

CAT is an integrative model, developed from a variety of different theoretical backgrounds, and is therefore easily adapted for use with other psychological theories and models.

For those wanting to use CAT as a therapy:

Individuals can offer CAT informed work once they have completed an Introduction to CAT course.

For individuals considering undertaking further training in CAT, attendance at an Introduction to CAT course is often a pre-requisite. Further details about the different levels of training that are available can be found on the ACAT website (

CAT is a versatile therapy that can be applied both for long term therapy and brief interventions.

All those attending received a certificate of attendance and an Introduction to CAT information pack. This included hand-outs for each teaching day, a reference list, copies of CAT tools such as the Psychotherapy File, Assessor’s Response Form and Rating Sheets and guidance for Reformulation and Goodbye Letters.

Who the course is for:

Clinical psychologists, psychotherapists, nurses, psychiatrists, counsellors, social workers, GPs and others working with mental health in NHS or private practice settings.

About the Facilitators:

Caroline Bunting is an ACAT accredited CAT Supervisor and CAT Practitioner. Helen Homewood is an ACAT accredited CAT Practitioner. They are both Clinical Psychologists who work for the NHS and have been running successful Introduction to CAT courses for a number of years.