7th International CAT Conference
20th September 2017 to 23rd September 2017


7th International CAT Conference hosted by ACAT and ICATA

'New Frontiers in CAT Understanding and Practice'

Wednesday, 20th September to Saturday, 23rd September 2017

University of Nottingham, Jubilee Campus

Conference Hashtag: #IntCAT17


'Early Bird' booking is now open!

Whole Event Residential - 'Early Bird' - ACAT Member £460 | Non-member of ACAT £490

Whole Event Non-Residential - 'Early Bird' - ACAT Member £350 | Non-member of ACAT £380

Early Bird booking (non-invoiced) ends at close of business on Friday, 31st March 2017  

Please note that the 'Early Bird' offer for invoiced bookings has closed - the full fee will apply.  

Please scroll down for booking information, online booking options and booking form, Call for Papers and bursary information.  


Keynote Theme

'Reformulation and Memory: The stories we tell in reconstructing the past'


Workshop Programme Theme

'Working creatively with complexity'

The theme of the conference workshop programme this year is 'Working Creatively with Complexity: CAT theory and practice'.  Workshops will focus on the application of CAT tools and skills to working with complexity, with an emphasis on theory practice links, skills learning, and therapist self-care, particularly when therapists find it hard to help. 


The conference marks a collaboration between the International CAT Association (ICATA) and ACAT to bring together the CAT community from around the world in Nottingham, UK, in the autumn of 2017, to celebrate the legacy of Tony Ryle and continue the development of CAT theory and practice.  The conference programme aims to strike a balance between exciting keynote speakers from the worlds of science, philosophy and psychotherapy and a skills-based focus for workshops aimed at developing clinical expertise in those practising CAT. 

The conference will run from the afternoon of Wednesday 20th September until lunchtime on Saturday 23rd and will include an imaginative entertainment and cultural programme interspersed throughout the three days, including international cabaret, book launches, a gala conference dinner and tango lessons for beginners!

Please scroll down for the Conference Programme.  This is updated as items are confirmed and is subject to change.


International Conference 2017 Organising Group

Jason Hepple, Chair of ACAT, UK

Katri Kanninen, Chair of ICATA, Finland

Elizabeth McCormick, UK

Robert Watson, UK

Iannis Vlachos, Greece

For information please contact Maria Cross, Conference Administrator maria.cross@acat.me.uk  |  +44(0)1305 263511


Confirmed Keynote and Plenary Speakers include (subject to change)

Prof. Nicola Clayton  and Clive Wilkins

'The Creative Navigator's Compass: Exploring the subjective nature of perception and memory' 

Prof. Nicola Clayton PhD, FRS, FSB, FAPS, is Professor of Comparative Cognition at the University of Cambridge, Scientist in Residence at Rambert Dance Company, a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge, where she is Director of Studies in Psychology, and a Fellow of the Royal Society since 2010. 

Clive Wilkins has worked as a fine art painter and has exhibited widely, including at the National Portrait Gallery, London on several occasions.  He is a performer and magician and is particularly interested in the nature of illusion and the psychology of perception and the chosen ways we adopt to make sense of a strange world.

Prof. Richard Lane

'Memory Reconsolidation, Emotional Arousal and the Process of Change in Psychotherapy: New Insights from Brain Science' 

Prof. Richard Lane is Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Arizona.  Prof. Lane's core academic interest is in understanding the psychology and neurobiology of emotional awareness and the mechanisms by which emotion contributes to physical and mental health.

Prof. Mikael Leiman 

'Reformulation and referential networks'

Prof. Leiman PhD, Professor (Emer) University of Eastern Finland, has been one of the leading contributors to the development of CAT theory and practice alongside Dr Tony Ryle.

Dr Paul Sullivan

'Response to Prof Leiman from a Bakhtinian perspective'

Dr Paul Sullivan BA, HDip (Education), PHD, is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Bradford.  He has a specialist interest in dialogical psychology and its applications to qualitative analysis and a wider interest in the interface between moral philosophy and psychology.

Dr Jason Hepple 

'A relational model of the psyche'

Dr Jason Hepple MA (Oxon), FRCPsych, is a CAT Psychotherapist and Trainer and Chair of ACAT.  He works in Somerset in the UK.  He has developed CAT as a model for working in groups and is interested in exploring the dialogic depths of CAT in theory and practice.

Dr Caroline Dower

'Moving Memories:  The use of movement interventions to facilitate the development of agency and procedural change' 

Dr Caroline Dower is Head of the Durham University Counselling Service and a former Consultant Psychotherapist in physical health. Caroline is an Integrative and CAT Psychotherapist, with further trainings in Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy in New York.

ICATA Plenaries

'National histories, identities and colours of CAT'

'Reflections on Tony Ryle’s legacy and discussion of 'where next for CAT and relational mental health?''


Workshop Streams to include

  • The therapeutic relationship: working with, and resolving, impasses and ruptures in the therapeutic relationship
  • Creative ways of working in CAT
  • Nurturing self-care as a therapist

Please scroll down for Call for Papers

Delegate booking for workshops will open on 16th May 2017 (subject to change)


Provisional Programme (updated as items are confirmed - subject to change)

Wednesday 20th September

(Delegate registration from 13:00)

14:00 - 16:00  Equality and Diversity Forum    |    14.00 - 16:00 ICATA Executive meeting
16:00 - 16:30  Refreshments
16:30 - 16:45  Conference Welcome ~ Katri Kanninen (Chair of ICATA) and Jason Hepple (Chair of ACAT)
16:45 - 18:15  Opening plenary session ~ 'ICATA:  National histories, identities and colours of CAT'   
18:15 - 18:30  'Culture shot'

(Day one of Conference closes at 18:30)

19.30               Dinner

Thursday 21st September

(Registration from 08:30 for new delegates only)

09:15 - 09:30  Welcome to day and 'culture shot'
09:30 - 10:45  Plenary Speaker:  Dr Jason Hepple ~ 'A relational model of the psyche'

Abstract:  CAT has evolved into a relational psychotherapy where the dialogic self is an un-finalised work in progress that is co-created through its inter-psychic activity. ‘We interact and communicate therefore I become,’ as Tony Ryle said.  Jason will seek to address the following questions arising from this: How does a dialogic self relate to the topographical models of the psyche from psychoanalysis? What is CAT’s understanding of conscious and unconscious process? How does dialogism relate to advances in neurobiology and trauma? Where is mindfulness and ‘inner peace’ to be found relationally?

10:45 - 11:15  Refreshments
11:15 - 12:30  Keynote Speaker:  Prof. Mikael Leiman ~ 'Reformulation and referential networks' 

Abstract:  A long-standing theoretical problem in CAT is the relationship of sign-mediation to the concepts of reciprocal roles and procedural sequences.  My earlier (1996) attempt to reconcile roles and procedures by the idea of dialogical sequences did not solve the problem of signs as mediators of our mental activity. The problem can be located in the dialogic, or Bakhtinian, understanding of signs.  I will present my current understanding of signs as referential networks.  The implications of the new conception range from understanding very early development to issues of attention, memory, and the relationship between cognitive and emotional processes. 

12:30 - 13:30  Lunch
13.30 - 15:00  Workshops
15:00 - 16:00  Refreshments
16:00 - 17:15  Plenary Speaker:  Dr Paul Sullivan ~ Response to Prof Leiman from a Bakhtinian perspective    
17:15 - 17:30  'Culture shot'

(Day two of Conference closes at 17:30)

18:30 - 19:30  Book launches:  'CAT Supervision and Change for the Better' (5th Ed.) 
19:30              Dinner ~ Entertainment: International cabaret     

Friday 22nd September

(Registration from 08:30 for new delegates only)

09:00 - 09:15  Welcome to day and 'culture shot'
09:15 - 10:30  Keynote speaker:  Prof. Richard Lane ~ 'Memory Reconsolidation, Emotional Arousal and the Process of Change in Psychotherapy:  New Insights from Brain Science' 

Abstract:  The thesis of this talk is that enduring change in all major psychotherapy modalities, including behavioural therapy, cognitive-behavioural therapy, emotion-focused and psychodynamic psychotherapy, results from the updating of prior emotional memories through a process of reconsolidation that incorporates new emotional experiences. An integrative memory model with three interactive components – autobiographical (event) memories, semantic structures, and emotional responses - will be presented supported by emerging evidence from cognitive neuroscience on implicit and explicit emotion, implicit and explicit memory, emotion-memory interactions, memory reconsolidation, and the relationship between autobiographical and semantic memory. The proposed essential ingredients of therapeutic change include: 1) reactivating old memories; 2) engaging in new emotional experiences that are incorporated into these reactivated memories via the process of reconsolidation; and 3) reinforcing the integrative memory structure by practicing a new way of behaving and experiencing the world in a variety of contexts. Implications of this new neurobiologically-grounded synthesis for research, clinical practice and teaching will be discussed.  

Objectives:  At the conclusion of this presentation audience members will be able to

1.    Describe the integrated memory model consisting of concurrent activation and interaction between emotional arousal, episodic memory and semantic structures.
2.    Discuss how behavioural, cognitive-behavioural, emotion-focused and psychodynamic psychotherapies access the integrated memory model from different entry points.
3.    Explain how emotional arousal and memory reconsolidation are necessary ingredients of change in all major forms of psychotherapy.
4.    Describe how the “working through” process consists of the conversion of episodic memories into semantic structures.

10:30 - 11:00  Refreshments
11:00 - 12:00  Keynote speakers:  Prof. Nicola Clayton FRS and Clive Wilkins ~ 'The Creative Navigator's Compass:  Exploring the subjective nature of perception and memory' 

Abstract:  If we could tell you where you were going and how you could get there, would you want to know?

Imagine a crystal ball that could anticipate the future:  Would you gaze into it, and if you did, what do you think you would see - your personal future, the futures of your loved ones, or other aspects of life and society?  How does the direction of thought affect perception and choices of where to go next?  In planning for the future, it is all too easy to make the assumption that what we imagine and remember will accurately reflect reality.  Many of our greatest deceptions evolve out of such a faulty supposition.

The chances are that if there were such a crystal ball, we would be unlikely to make sense of what it revealed.  Both perception and memory shimmer and change, and can be altered by our current point of view and state of mind.  Alternative realities are constrained by our inability to perceive all that can be seen.  Memories are not an accurate repository of what has happened, and thoughts of the future are often inaccurate and ill conceived, due to the subjective nature of perception and memory.

Nicky and Clive, a scientist and artist respectively, explore the complex relationships between memory, perception and human experience.  Join them for a fascinating interactive presentation that incorporates science, literature, and the performing arts.

12:00 - 12:30  Panel discussion
12:30 - 13:30  Lunch
13:30 - 15:00  Workshops
15:00 - 16:00  Refreshments
16:00 - 17:00  Plenary Speaker:  Dr Caroline Dower ~ 'Moving Memories:  The use of movement interventions to facilitate the development of agency and procedural change' 

Abstract:  Caroline will explore the kinetic and kinaesthetic aspects of memory.  The relational dance of the bodies of the therapist and client reflect relational history as it is lived in the present moment. Bringing awareness to the movement patterns within a talking therapy contributes to reflective capacity and development of our self-agency.  Clinical vignettes will demonstrate the role for movement as a bridge from procedural to semantic memory, and as a playground for the emergence of new relational choices.

17:00 - 18:00  ACAT Annual General Meeting

(Day three of Conference closes at 18:00)

19:00 - 19:30  Pre-dinner drinks with 'culture shot'
19:30 - 21:00  Gala Dinner 
21:00 'til late  Introduction to the 8-step tango for beginners with demonstration (Nicola Clayton and Clive Wilkins); live music and dancing

Saturday 23rd September

(Registration from 08:30 for new delegates only)

09:00 - 09:14  Welcome to day and 'culture shot'
09:15 - 10:45  Keynote speaker:  tbc
10:45 - 11:15  Refreshments
11:15 - 12:45  ICATA Plenary:  'Reflections on Tony Ryle’s legacy and discussion of where next for CAT and relational mental health'
12:45 - 13:00  'Culture shot' and close of Conference

Conference ends at 13:00


Call for Papers 

We welcome posters and proposals for workshops based on the theme of the workshop conference programme.  A flyer is available at the end of this page.

The theme of the conference workshop programme this year is 'Working Creatively with Complexity: CAT theory and practice'. Workshops will focus on the application of CAT tools and skills to working with complexity, with an emphasis on theory practice links, skills learning, and therapist self-care, particularly when therapists find it hard to help.  The workshop programme is organised around three streams, and we welcome submissions from colleagues who are interested in submitting workshops and posters within these streams.  Case presentations are welcome as a means of addressing these workshop streams.  

Stream 1

The therapeutic relationship: working with, and resolving impasses and ruptures, in the therapeutic relationship

Impasses, strains and ruptures to the therapeutic relationship are a natural process of therapy and CAT as a relational model of therapy has a lot to offer in helping understand these processes.  We welcome workshops that will focus on the application of CAT theory and practice to addressing and resolving impasses and ruptures in the therapeutic relationship.  We are interested in workshops that focus on how to address difficulties in the therapeutic relationship, as well as workshops with a specific clinical focus such as working with entitlement in the therapeutic relationship, or common challenges encountered with narcissistic and borderline patterns of relating within the therapeutic relationships.    

Stream 2

Creative Ways of Working in CAT

CAT has been an open and inclusive model of learning and practice.  There is a good tradition of welcoming the incorporation of other models of working into CAT.  We would welcome workshops that focus on working creatively in CAT such as incorporating play, drama or art into CAT practice, as well as workshops that focus on the application of CAT to new areas of work such as Medically Unexplained Symptoms or Sex Addiction.

Stream 3

Nurturing self-care as a therapist

We all struggle in our work as therapists, and self-care is an important part of working safely and competently.  We would welcome workshops that focus on self-care at home and work, and that can contribute to participant’s personal and professional development.  Ideally they should take away something from the workshop that can nourish them in their clinical work.  

Submission process 

The workshop organising committee is very grateful to colleagues who wish to submit a workshop proposal or poster.  In response to feedback from previous conference workshop programmes we are asking that all workshops in streams one and two:

•    focus on theory practice links, and have a clear clinical skills application    
•    have clear learning objectives for participants 
•    contain clinical material  

All workshops are ninety minutes so we suggest you aim to speak for no more than sixty to seventy minutes to allow ample time for discussion.  We are keen that colleagues who have not presented previously at conference feel welcome to do so, and we are available to colleagues who may feel they want guidance with their workshop planning and content.  You need to plan for a minimum of fifteen participants in your workshop. We are interested in the option of workshops being delivered in two parts and hence being allocated two workshop slots.  

Once submitted your workshop or poster proposal will be reviewed by the organising committee.  All workshops and posters will need to be approved by the committee before being accepted for the workshop programme.    

Please complete the Workshop Outline Form (available for download at the end of this page) and email to the Conference Administrator, Maria Cross, in the first instance: maria.cross@acat.me.uk - to be received by 31st March 2017

Concessions offered to workshop presenters

  • ACAT Member: £50 off the conference fee - this is offered to the lead presenter only.  If the workshop is to have more than one presenter, the total amount offered of £50 may be split between the presenters with the agreement of the lead presenter
  • Invited Non-ACAT: free attendance on the day of the presentation; travel negotiable; one night’s accommodation may also be offered (maximum of two presenters)

Liz McCormick and Dr Robert Watson, Workshop Programme Co-ordinators for the International Conference 2017 Organising Group  

Those interested in submitting a workshop or poster proposal are welcome to contact Liz McCormick (liz.mac2@me.com) and Robert Watson (robert_casab@hotmail.com) to discuss their ideas prior to submission if they wish.  

Submission deadline

Workshop proposals to be received by 31st March 2017


Bursary 

ACAT is pleased to be able to offer a small number of bursaries again this year to assist those in financial need to attend the Conference. Bursaries are awarded towards the cost of the conference only and not towards additional costs such as travel.  If you would like to be considered please download and complete the bursary application form (at the end of this page) and email, in confidence, to maria.cross@acat.me.uk or post to Maria Cross, Conference Administrator, ACAT, PO Box 6793, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 9DL.  

Closing date for applications

Completed forms to be received by Thursday, 1st June 2017


Booking Information

We are offering three booking options:

  1. Whole event - residential
  2. Whole event - non-residential
  3. Individual items

Online booking and payment via this webpage is quick and convenient using a personal credit or debit card.

The event fees listed below apply to online bookings.  If paying by cheque or requesting an invoice please note that there is an additional administration charge of £15 per delegate.

  • Whole Event Residential - Early Bird - ACAT Member £460 | Non-member £490 (Included: full conference programme from 14:00 Wednesday to 13:00 Saturday; 3 nights' B&B on campus; all meals and refreshments, including Gala Dinner and Drinks Reception on Friday)
  • Whole Event Non-Residential - Early Bird - ACAT Member £350 | Non-member £380 (Included: full conference programme - 14:00 to 18:30 Wednesday; 09:15 to 17:30 Thursday; 09:00 to 18:00 Friday; 09:00 to 13:00 Saturday.  Lunches and day-time refreshments are included but not evening meals or Friday's Gala Dinner and Drinks Reception)
  • Attendance on either Wednesday afternoon (14:00 - 18:30) only or Saturday morning (09:00 - 13:00) only - Early Bird - ACAT Member £85 | Non-member £100
  • Attendance on either Thursday (09:15 - 17:30) only or Friday (09:00 - 18:00) only - Early Bird - ACAT Member £160 | Non-member £175
  • Dinner plus B&B on either Wednesday or Thursday - ACAT Member £65 | Non-member £80 (no Early Bird)
  • Wine Reception, Gala Dinner, entertainment and B&B on Friday - ACAT Member £100 | Non-member £115 (no Early Bird)
  • Gala Dinner and entertainment (no B&B) on Friday - ACAT Member £50 | Non-member £65 (no Early Bird)

The Early Bird booking ends at close of business on Friday, 31st March 2017.  

Please note that invoiced bookings must be received by Friday, 17th February 2017 for the Early Bird rate to apply.  

From 17th February for invoiced bookings and from 1st April 2017 for online and cheque payments, the full conference fees will be payable as noted below

  • Whole Event ResidentialFull Fee - ACAT Member £480 | Non-member £510 (Included: full conference programme from 14:00 Wednesday to 13:00 Saturday; 3 nights' B&B on campus; all meals and refreshments, including Gala Dinner and Drinks Reception on Friday)
  • Whole Event Non-ResidentialFull Fee - ACAT Member £370 | Non-member £400 (Included: full conference programme - 14:00 to 18:30 Wednesday; 09:15 to 17:30 Thursday; 09:00 to 18:00 Friday; 09:00 to 13:00 Saturday.  Lunches and day-time refreshments are included but not evening meals or Friday's Gala Dinner and Drinks Reception)
  • Attendance on either Wednesday afternoon (14:00 - 18:30) only or Saturday morning (09:00 - 13:00) only - Full Fee - ACAT Member £95 | Non-member £110
  • Attendance on either Thursday (09:15 - 17:30) only or Friday (09:00 - 18:00) only - Full Fee - ACAT Member £170 | Non-member £185         
  • Dinner plus B&B on either Wednesday or Thursday - ACAT Member £65 | Non-member £80 
  • Wine Reception, Gala Dinner, entertainment and B&B on Friday - ACAT Member £100 | Non-member £115 
  • Gala Dinner and entertainment (no B&B) on Friday - ACAT Member £50 | Non-member £65 

A £15 administration fee is charged for each delegate when paying by cheque or requesting an invoice

Closing date for conference bookings

Tuesday, 5th September 2017

Please note, if you wish to book after the closing date please contact ACAT in the first instance to check availability.

B&B accommodation on campus cannot be guaranteed.

Ways to Book

•    book and pay online instantly using a personal credit or debit card only via this page (please scroll to the end of the page)
•    use the booking form to pay by cheque and post to ACAT, PO Box 6793, Dorchester DT1 9DL (attracts an additional administration fee of £15)
•    provide full invoicing details on the booking form and email to alison.marfell@acat.me.uk or post to ACAT, PO Box 6793, Dorchester DT1 9DL (attracts an additional administration fee of £15)

Booking enquiries only to Alison Marfell alison.marfell@acat.me.uk | +44(0)1305 263511

Enquiries regarding the Conference to Maria Cross, Conference Administrator, maria.cross@acat.me.uk | +44(0)1305 263511


Dietary requirements

Please notify ACAT of any specific dietary requests at the time of booking. The venue will do their best to meet your requirements but, without sufficient notice, this cannot be guaranteed.


Terms and Conditions

Programme changes:  ACAT reserves the right to make changes to the advertised programme

Refund Policy:  A refund, less a £25 administration fee, will be made if cancellations are received, in writing, at least four weeks before the event.  We regret that any cancellation received after this time cannot be refunded, and refunds for failure to attend the event cannot be made.

Data Protection:  For the purposes of the Data Protection Act 1998, the data controller in respect of your personal data is the Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy.  Your data will be used to administer the event to which you have subscribed.

Booking

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Cost

'Early Bird' Booking is now open

Whole Event Residential - Early Bird - ACAT Member £460 | Non-member of ACAT £490 

For invoiced bookings the full fee will now apply

#IntCAT17


Details and Booking Information

20th September 2017 to 23rd September 2017

'Early Bird' Booking is now open

Whole Event Residential - Early Bird - ACAT Member £460 | Non-member of ACAT £490 

For invoiced bookings the full fee will now apply

#IntCAT17

You can book this event online if you are registered or logged into this site. Click here to register or log in using the boxes at the top of this page.

For information please contact Maria Cross, Conference Administrator maria.cross@acat.me.uk  |  +44(0)1305 263511

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