An Introduction to Cognitive Analytic Therapy - offered by Sussex Partnership NHS Trust
13th March 2020 to 14th March 2020

A two-day course for mental health professionals

Lecture Theatre, Sussex Education Centre, Millview Hospital Site, Nevill Avenue, Hove, BN3 7HY

9.00am – 5.00pm


This course will provide participants with an introduction to the theory and practice of cognitive analytic therapy (CAT).

Who should attend?

This course would be of interest to mental health professionals who want to incorporate CAT concepts and tools into their therapeutic work with individuals or groups. It would also be useful for those considering whether to apply for a two year CAT Practitioner Training Course.

Course Aims

  • To introduce course members to the theory and practice of CAT
  • To understand key concepts used in CAT, including reciprocal roles, dilemmas, snags and traps and reformulation
  • To explore the use of CAT tools in therapeutic practice, including the psychotherapy file, therapeutic letters, diagrams and goodbye letters
  • To consider current applications of CAT in the NHS
  • To look at endings in brief, time-limited therapeutic interventions through the lens of CAT theory
  • To plan with participants ways in which aspects of CAT could be introduced into, or adapted for, their own clinical practice

About the course presenters

Elisabeth Mason – Elisabeth is a clinical psychologist working in the NHS and with a small private practice. She is a CAT therapist, supervisor and trainer and also trained in systemic family therapy and EMDR. She works with people struggling with their mental health and relationships who present with a broad range of difficulties and complexities, and offers CAT in individual therapy and to teams in consultation and supervision. She is part of the course team for the local CAT practitioner course.

Sarah Pratap – Sarah is a Clinical Psychologist working in the NHS with people with severe and complex mental health difficulties. Sarah is a qualified CAT practitioner and supervisor and uses CAT both with individual clients and in helping the team think about complex cases. Sarah is also trained in EMDR and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy and enjoys thinking about how she can integrate this into her CAT work

Booking Information

This course is offered free to employees of Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, and is open to others at a cost of £150 per head.  Refreshments will be available but attendees should make their own arrangements for lunch.

To reserve a place, please return your completed application form to

Niki Larsen by Friday 28th February 2020



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