Introduction to CAT - a 2 day course offered by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
3rd May 2018 to 4th May 2018

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An Introduction to Cognitive Analytic  Therapy  - offered by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust                       
A two-day course for mental health professionals

Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th May 2018

Conference Room 2, East Brighton Community Mental Health Centre, Brighton General Hospital, Brighton

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

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 practice. In her NHS work she works with people experiencing severe and complex mental health difficulties, where she uses CAT in psychological therapy and in team consultation and supervision. She is part of the course team for the local CAT practitioner course.

Dahlia Maslin - Dahlia worked for the NHS, in tertiary and secondary mental health care, for 19 years and was accredited as a Cognitive Analytic Therapist in Feb 2015.  Between 2005 and 2016 she worked full time as a Community Mental Health Nurse. Dahlia used her understanding of CAT principles and techniques to inform her ‘everyday work’ as care coordinator, to support clients to reformulate and recognise their own relational patterns, sometimes this would be about their relationships with ‘help’ and services.  Dahlia also found CAT an invaluable tool in Supervision (both giving and receiving). Since being accredited, she was able to dedicate one day a week to the practice of CAT (1:1 and co-conducting the open CAT group with Dr Jane Blunden).  Currently, Dahlia works as an NHS 'Diabetes Psychotherapist' within a specialist community team and has a small private practice.

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 (download from Event Documents below) to Niki Larsen by Friday 20th April 2018


Details and Booking Information

3rd May 2018 to 4th May 2018

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