An Introduction to Cognitive Analytic Therapy - offered by Sussex NHS Partnership Trust
13th July 2023 to 14th July 2023

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A two-day course for mental health professionals

9.30am – 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

Pat Lawes - Pat's core training is in Occupational therapy and she has worked in a variety of mental health settings for over 30 years.  She qualified as a CAT practitioner in March 2022 and is currently working as a Lead Practitioner in Brighton West ATS.

Deirdre Fuller – Deirdre is a CAT practitioner working as a clinical service manager in a complex emotional and relational needs pathway service.  Deirdre is an occupational therapist who has specialised in working with people with personality disorder for many years. She is an SCM supervisor.  Her current interest is MBT and she is  piloting a Mentalizing for Men Group for antisocial personality disorder in primary care.

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.  

For SPFT staff,  please return your completed application form to

For Others, please return your completed application form to and also make payment of the £150 course fee via the Ticket Tailor link below.           



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