An Introduction to CAT - offered by Catalyse
30th September 2017 to 7th October 2017

An Introduction to CAT

A two-day workshop led by Sarah Littlejohn and Emma Taylor

Hashtag #CATspace17

Date: 30th September 2017 and 7th October 2017
Time: 9:30am to 4:30pm
Venue: Quaker Meeting House, 10 St James Street, Sheffield, S1 2EW

Outline of the Workshop

This hands-on, two-day course offers an introduction to the values, ideas, methods and skills of Cognitive Analytic Therapy.  It combines short theoretical inputs with role play of CAT practice and work in pairs and small groups to try out CAT skills.  The versatility of the approach will be explored and a range of clinical examples highlighted. Participants will gain skills in mapping, tracking and negotiating problem patterns with clients and for supervision.   Participants will need some familiarity with the use of psychological ideas and methods in responding to mental health problems and emotional distress. 

For more information about introductory courses in CAT, visit the ACAT website here.

Course aims/objectives

  • Introduce Cognitive Analytic concepts and methods.
  • Draw out or “map” diagrams of problematic, repeating relationship patterns, using live demonstrations, case examples and your own practice
  • Introduce CAT tools of letter writing. We will use examples, and you will have the opportunity to experience framing client histories, problems and repeating problematic patterns in letter writing.
  • Discuss how CAT can be used to understand relational patterns in the therapy room, help predict issues associated with poor motivation and engagement, and work with endings.

Who is it for?

Any qualified professionals working with mental health difficulties, i.e. social workers, psychotherapists, counsellors, occupational therapists, IAPT workers, psychologists, art therapists  and doctors.  I would encourage people who are unsure if the days are relevant to them to contact us.


Sarah Littlejohn is a CAT psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer.  She originally trained as an integrative psychotherapist 25 years ago  and qualified as a CAT practitioner in 2001.  She’s  been a lead trainer for the Catalyse (formerly CAT North) Practitioner Training for over a decade and also provides supervision for CAT practitioner and CAT psychotherapy level trainings. Sarah runs  introductory CAT workshops for a range of professionals each year.  She’s been a past chair of ACAT’s Training Committee and is currently chair of Catalyse Executive.  She’s  particularly interested in how CAT provides a framework for the early formulation of complexity, and uses of the therapeutic relationship.

Dr Emma Taylor is a clinical psychologist, accredited CAT practitioner and CAT supervisor.  She has 25 years of clinical experience, including 16 years in the NHS and seven years in private practice in which she offers therapy, supervision, training and acts as a expert witness for Family Courts. She is a member of the Catalyse Sheffield Psychotherapy Practice. She has been a psychology lecturer, and has delivered training for many professionals and organisations including Catalyse. 

For full details and information including terms and conditions and to book your place please visit the Catalyse website: or phone 07842 137745.

Details and Booking Information

30th September 2017 to 7th October 2017

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