Introduction to CAT: A two day course

We will be running this course again; if you would like to register your interest, then please contact us and let us know. If there is sufficient interest, then dates will be brought forward.

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

Previous events were held in January 2014, Ipswich and July 2014, Bury St Edmunds and were facilitated by Dr Caroline Bunting and Dr Louise Candey.

Course Information

About Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT)

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 – between 4 and 24 sessions, but typically 16. 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.

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:

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 once they have completed an Introduction to CAT course if they are also in receipt of supervision from an ACAT accredited Practitioner.

For individuals considering undertaking further training in CAT, attendance at an Introduction to CAT course is often a pre-requisite.

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. Louise Candey 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.