An Introduction to Cognitive Analytic Therapy - offered by Sussex NHS Partnership Trust
12th December 2022 to 13th December 2022



This course will provide participants with an introduction to the theory and practice of Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT).

Who should attend?

This workshop will be of interest to people new to CAT who want to start to use the concepts to think about 1-1 clinical settings and organisational contexts, including social care. 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 presenter

Rachael Howell - Rachael is a Clinical Psychologist and CAT practitioner working in a Specialist Older Adults Mental Health Service within NHS. She makes use of the CAT model for formulation and intervention with older people, including those with complex issues of later life. She also draws on CAT-informed ideas during team formulation, to support colleagues to think about their work with clients and families.

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.



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