Two Day Introduction to Cognitive Analytic Therapy - offered by Catalyse
18th May 2023 to 19th May 2023

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A two day workshop led by Sarah Littlejohn and Jo Coggins

Hashtag #CATintro23

Time: 9.30 am to 4.30 pm each day
Venue:  The Studio, Northern Quarter, Manchester M1 1FN
Fees:  £250.00
[Fee includes refreshments on both days – NB lunch is not provided]
(You can requesan invoice, which incurs an additional £15.00 fee)

Overview of workshop

This two day workshop provides you with an introduction to Cognitive Analytic Therapy.  Through a combination of brief theoretical presentations and activity-based learning, you will have an opportunity to understand CAT concepts and practise using some of the key skills involved. 

The trainers, Sarah and Jo, will help you explore different ways the CAT approach can support assessment, formulation and psychological therapy.  They will model using CAT as a highly collaborative tool to help make sense of relational difficulties and common psychological symptoms alongside working with problem patterns in the therapy relationship itself. Finally, Sarah and Jo will also cover CAT’s approach to managing therapeutic endings in a thoughtful and constructive way. 

They will use clinical examples and role play to help demonstrate use of CAT in action.  Throughout, you will have the chance to work in pairs and small groups with other participants. 

Aims and learning outcomes

Over the two days, the trainers will focus on:

  • introducing Cognitive Analytic concepts and methods
  • demonstrating how to draw out or “map” diagrams of problematic, repeating relationship patterns. They will use live examples and examples from your own practice, and support you to try this technique yourself 
  • introducing the CAT tool of letter writing. Again, they will share examples so that you too can practice ways of framing and summarising client narratives, histories, presenting problems and repeating problematic patterns through writing
  • aiding understanding of CAT’s theory of therapeutic change, and how to develop alternative relationship patterns and roles
  • exploring how CAT can be used to understand relational patterns in therapy, help predict issues associated with poor motivation and engagement, and work with endings

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