Training in CAT || Appendix 1

Supervised Clinical Practice as part of CAT Training

It is important to note that all trainees undertaking accredited training courses must be supervised by a supervisor who is both accredited by ACAT and a current member of ACAT.  For training at Foundation, Practitioner and Psychotherapist level supervision is 15 minutes minimum per client per week for all training cases. Trainees on the Psychotherapy level training must be supervised by an accredited supervisor who is also a CAT Psychotherapist. CATs preferred model is face to face group supervision but circumstances will arise when a group may not be possible for a part of trainee’s training and we explore alternative arrangements. Supervision appraisals are conducted individually.

Most trainees are employed by NHS or statutory organisations, they have access to their own caseload of clients through their workplace. The course helps trainees to organise their own locally based supervision with an ACAT accredited supervisor. Supervision may be accessed through their own workplace if the supervisor is employed in their own organisation; through a clinical placement where trainees see patients from within a NHS Trust or other statutory service in exchange for skilled supervision and the additional experience of being a member of that therapeutic team. Normally this does not involve any direct financial cost to the trainee. In the absence of these arrangements a trainee will need to fund supervision for their training cases. Psychotherapy course trainees may also be seeing patients privately and therefore setting up their own supervisory arrangement with an Accredited CAT supervisor who meets the course requirements.

Reports of the trainees’ clinical practice and use of supervision would usually be completed with each trainee at six monthly intervals by the supervisor.  This will allow the trainee an opportunity to make changes where the supervisor identifies areas for development.  The reports will include the supervisee’s self-evaluation and a report by the supervisor.  The supervisor’s report is carried out in discussion with the trainee and includes evaluation against the core CAT competencies. 


Revised February 2017

ACAT Calendar for June
22nd June 2017
CPD Event: CAT and Trauma - offered by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Exam Board, Accreditation Submission Deadline
Trustees, Final Date for Agenda Submissions
88th June 2017
CAT Introductory Event: ACAT: Two Day Introduction to CAT
CAT Introductory Event: CAT 2-Day Introductory Workshop - offered by Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust
99th June 2017
CAT Introductory Event: Introduction to Cognitive Analytic Therapy - offered by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
1919th June 2017
CPD Event: CAT as a Common Language in Services Working with 'Hard to Help' & Challenging Patients - CAT Scot
2222nd June 2017
CPD Event: ACAT: CAT, Neuroscience and the Self
2323rd June 2017
Exam Board, London
Training Committee, London
Trustees, London
2727th June 2017
CAT Supervisor Training: ACAT Relational Skills in CAT Supervision Residential.
CPD Event: ACAT Relational Skills in CAT Supervision Residential
3030th June 2017
CAT Introductory Event: ACAT: One Day Introduction to Cognitive Analytic Therapy - offered by ACAT Wiltshire CAT Training

Contact Details

ACAT Administration Manager:Susan Van Baars

Administrators:Maria Cross
Alison Marfell

Postal Address:ACAT
PO Box 6793
United Kingdom

Phone:+44(0) 1305 263 511

Office Hours:Monday to Thursday
9am to 5pm

News from ACAT

Invitation to participate in research study Invitation to participate in research study...

The Clinician's Guide to Forensic Music Therapy by Dr Stella Compton Dickinson and Dr Laurien Hakvoort - press release Press Release: The Clinician's Guide to Forensic Music Therapy – first book to offer clear, evidence-based manuals for forensic music therapists treating psychiatric patients and prisoners....

New Conference Audio Library for ACAT Members ACAT Members can now listen to a collection of audio recordings from ACAT's National Conferences from 2009 - 2015....

Click to read all news

Please help us by completing our NEW visitor survey... it will only take 5 minutes. Thanks!