Manchester based CAT Practitioner training 2 year course
This is a two year training comprising a combination of workshops or training days, seminars, peer group work, personal learning, supervision, clinical practice and personal therapy. Experiential work focuses on personal exploration and the development of CAT skills and their clinical application. Trainees must complete a minimum of eight supervised cases and pass all written work required by the course.
The training days reflect ‘CAT Knowledge in Use’ and consists of a combination of preliminary reading, presentations, small and large group work, skills exercises and case discussions as appropriate and covers theoretical input relating to CAT principles and concepts and reflection on and practice with CAT tools, activities and skills. Early in the course you will be introduced to the main features of the CAT model and these will be built on throughout the two years. The content of the teaching programme in Year 1 follows the structure of a CAT therapy. Year 2 deepens knowledge and skills and covers a range of applications of CAT, specifically work with more complex cases.
The training addresses theories which have informed the development of CAT and also covers issues common to all psychotherapies within the CAT context: for example, transference & counter transference; therapeutic alliance; process of change. The training reflects the social/political context and psychotherapy research.
There are ten days spread throughout each of the two years, starting with two days in October and two days in November, then a further four days from January through to May. Each year ends with a two day residential in June. Single days are Fridays and two day blocks are Thursdays and Fridays.
Trainees will meet in seminar groups of between three and six participants, meeting for an hour and a half eight times a year (or equivalent). Each group will have some input from a seminar group leader. However, the aim is to encourage trainees to take an active approach to their learning needs and to identify gaps in knowledge which their own activity can meet. The course trainers will provide the reading material and guidelines to assist study etc and will approve arrangements.
Trainees are in weekly supervision with an accredited CAT supervisor, usually carry two CAT training cases at a time and must complete a minimum of eight supervised cases. Supervision is usually in groups of three trainees for 1.5 hours with a minimum of 40 sessions each year. Trainees are expected to attend regularly, and are required to be in supervision until the completion of all clinical work. This will normally take a minimum of two years but may extend up to a further six-months depending on the individual trainee’s case mix and circumstances. Trainees who work in specialist settings (e.g. forensic, eating disorders) need to gain experience of doing CAT in adult mental health, by seeing at least two cases. Trainees develop the skill to practise 16 session CAT but should also gain experience in variations of the time limit to 8 session and 24 sessions. Of the eight cases required (which should include all three CAT Tools: Reformulation Letter, SDR and Goodbye Letter) six of these should be of 16 or more sessions.
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Trainees are required to have an experience of personal therapy during their practitioner training. This is a standard 16 session CAT conducted by an accredited CAT therapist.
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Trainees are expected to attend a minimum of 85% of each element of the taught course. Clinical appraisals take place every six months, four over the two year taught course. Written work includes:
Training days are in Manchester, with the residential usually near Sheffield. Supervision groups are run in various locations across the UK. Seminar groups run at venues convenient to trainees. We provide a list of CAT training therapists, and trainees may have to be prepared to travel for therapy.
Requirements for Training
Applicants will be expected to demonstrate they are academically capable of undertaking postgraduate study and have personal qualities that make them suitable for the profession of psychotherapy, having sufficient emotional competence to deal with the psychological aspects of the work. The following criteria are offered as a general guide.
Click here to read more about our entry criteria for CAT Practitioner trainings and information for candidates who may not strictly meet the entry criteria but are interested to explore CAT training.
For example, Catalyse will consider applicants such as High Intensity IAPT therapists who meet entry criteria for the one-year CAT Foundation course but who can demonstrate a level of experience in delivering psychological therapies such that they wish to be considered for the Practitioner course.
Catalyse will consider applications from CAT Foundation course graduates who can apply with their foundation year credit to complete year 2 to gain the training, clinical experience and assessments necessary for accreditation as an ACAT accredited CAT Therapist /Practitioner.
For details of how to apply as a Foundation course graduate to complete Year 2 alongside our Practitioner Course trainees, please click here. More information about CAT Foundation Training is available on ACAT’s pages – please visit this link to view.
Total: £7,200 approx
Some of the training days will also include invited speakers.
How to apply
Entry to the two year course is through application, interview and attendance at a CAT introductory workshop (two days) or equivalent. Applicants are invited to submit an application form, CV with 2 referees and are asked to provide details of source of referrals, assessment arrangements and venue for seeing clients. In addition, applicants are asked to write a personal supporting statement of around 750 words giving an indication of:
Shortlisted applicants will then be invited for an interview.
The initial deadline for applications is: Friday, 8th May, 2020
Principal interview date: Friday, 12th June (Manchester)
If you have any queries, please contact Catalyse – firstname.lastname@example.org
The 2020 intake commences training on 1st & 2nd October.
Usually on the first day of training each year we have a short Question and Answer session between new trainees and past graduates – you can see some excerpts from those discussions (plus additional information) in the document provided below ‘CAT Q&A FAQs’.
Catalyse (formerly CAT North) has developed a successful CAT Practitioner Training programme in the North of England since 1992. It also offers in-house training and supervision, consultancy and research by arrangement.
It is one of the regional trainings of the Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy (ACAT), for which more information can be obtained online at www.acat.me.uk or email email@example.com telephone 01305 263 511.
The application form, application guidance, a flyer and prospectus are available to download from the Catalyse website at this link: https://catalyse.uk.com/training/practitioner-training/2020-2022-practitioner-training/
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