CAT East Practitioner Training
7th January 2013 to 31st December 2014

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CAT EAST Practitioner Training

This course is run by Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust and accredited by The Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy (ACAT), and Sheffield Hallam University

Closing Date for Applications extended to 31 August 2012


CAT Practitioner Training is a two-year course leading to ACAT Accreditation and a Diploma in CAT awarded by Sheffield Hallam University. With this accreditation you will be able to become a full member of the Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy (ACAT) and eligible to practice CAT within your core profession. Course graduates will also be eligible to apply to do a further two years’ Psychotherapy training in CAT, leading to UKCP registration.


The course aims to provide training, which enables professionals with established competence in their own field to enhance their understanding and skills in psychotherapy, by learning the theory and clinical application of Cognitive Analytic Therapy. The taught course is spread over two years and consists of training days, seminar groups, supervised clinical work and a personal experience of CAT.


There are 10 training days in the Year 1 and 10 in Year 2 covering the following:
¨ The integrated theory of CAT
¨ The sense of Self, its development and disruption
¨ Fundamental CAT concepts and tools
¨ Assessment and formulation skills
¨ Therapeutic skills and the therapy relationship
¨ The social and professional context of CAT
¨ Borderline and Narcissistic Personality disorders and CAT in specialist settings
¨ Evidence-based psychotherapy practice
¨ Theories of change and ethical practice


Trainees will be expected to complete clinical work with a minimum of eight patients, under the supervision of an accredited ACAT supervisor. Supervision will normally take place weekly for 1.5 hours, usually in groups of three trainees. There will be a minimum of 40 supervision sessions per year, and trainees’ attendance is expected to be 90%. Trainees are required to be in CAT supervision until completion of all
clinical work, which will normally take a minimum of two years.


There will be 10 groups per year, totaling 15 hours led by an experienced practitioner. The aim of these will be to support and extend the work of the training days and to maintain the continuity of the course content. They will draw on a mixture of guided reading, discussion, problem-based learning and experiential work, and will increasingly be trainee-initiated or led as the course progresses.


The aim of the tutorials is to help trainees with their learning progress and needs, and to offer guidance about the academic requirements of the course.


Trainees are required to undertake a 16 session personal CAT with an ACAT accredited therapist. Ideally undertaken during the first year, or at minimum arranged by the end of year 1. Fees are negotiated directly with the therapist. Typical costs are currently in the region of £45 - £60 per session. This course will benefit from support and input from CAT Psychotherapists and CAT Practitioners from the Eastern Region and London.


The training days will take place from 9.30 am – 5.15 pm on a Tuesday at the Marriott Centre, Drayton High Road, Hellesdon Hospital, Norwich, NR6 5BE. The days comprise of a combination of taught sessions, group discussions, case presentations and seminar group.


Trainees should realistically expect to be able to set aside on average at least a half day per week in addition to the training components and the clinical work in order to meet all the requirements of the course.


¨ Satisfactory feed-back from supervisors and tutors and regular attendance at all aspects of the course
¨ Two case studies, one at the end of each year
¨ Two academic essays, one at the end of each Spring term
¨ Individual and group presentations


Graduates of the course will be accredited as CAT Practitioners and entitled to become a member of the Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy. The CAT Practitioner Diploma entitles the holder to practice within their core profession under supervision. This eligibility will run for five years. Renewal will depend on evidence of continuing supervision and CPD. There will also be the option of an MSc in CAT via SHU.


¨ Core professional training in one of the caring professions
¨ Two years post-qualification experience
¨ Experience and/or training in psychotherapy at an introductory level
¨ Managerial support for the training (finance and time commitment)


The yearly fee will be £2,350 per year. This includes training, seminar groups, tutorials, and the ACAT Trainee membership fee.

Details and Booking Information

7th January 2013 to 31st December 2014


Applicants are asked to submit a completed application form and a current CV (two referees are required). We also ask you to provide details of a likely source of referrals, supervision arrangements and a venue for seeing patients/clients.

In addition, applicants are asked to provide a Personal Statement, giving a brief outline of:
¨ Your current therapeutic approach (250 words)
¨ What you hope to gain from training in CAT (300 words)
¨ Why it is important for clinicians to develop an understanding of their own emotional life (500 words)

Application Forms can be obtained from:

Workforce Development Department, Marriott Centre, Hellesdon Hospital, Drayton High Road, Norwich, NR6 5BE.

Short-listed applicants will be invited for interview.

Please send application forms to the above address marked for the attention of Jackie Baker.
Closing date for applications has been extended to 31 August, 2012

For further information, please contact Jackie Baker, Oaktree Centre, Northgate Street, Great Yarmouth, NR30 1BU.
Tel: 01493 337676
The course will commence in January 2013

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