NTW CAT Practitioner Training 2018 - 2020
6th September 2018 to 4th June 2020

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NTW CAT Practitioner Training 2018 - 2020

This is a two-year in-service training leading to accreditation as a CAT Practitioner by the Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy (ACAT).

Our training programme enables staff already qualified in a core caring profession or with psychological therapy experience to enhance their understanding and skills in psychotherapy by learning the theory and methods of Cognitive Analytic Therapy.  The NTW Practitioner Training in CAT has run since 2004, successfully training staff in CAT across clinical specialties, from different multidisciplinary backgrounds, inside and outside the Trust.  The programme beginning in September 2018 will be the seventh training intake for the course.

The training programme, spaced across two academic years, consists of:

· training days
· seminar reading groups,
· supervised clinical work
· written work, and
· a personal CAT therapy

There will be 10 training days per year, which aim to familiarise trainees with the theory and practice of CAT, and covering the following themes:

  • Basics of CAT Theory & Practice
  • Deepening CAT Theory & Practice
  • Specialist Applications and Topics

The training days are designed to fit with the other elements of the course – in particular supervised clinical work – to enable trainees to learn the practice of CAT and gain competence to practitioner level by the completion of the course; and to fit with the course written assignments to gain the theoretical understanding needed to underpin competent practice in CAT. Training days use a mix of methods with a focus on learning through dialogue within the group, including presentation, experiential exercises, case examples, video and role play. In keeping with the CAT model’s focus on the use of the self, each training day includes a half-hour reflective group, with the purpose of reflecting personally on the task of learning CAT.

The training team is formed from the NTW CAT Service, part of the Centre for Specialist Psychological Therapies based at Benfield House, Walkergate Park, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Dr Steve Jefferis (Consultant Clinical Psychologist) is Course Director, Clinical Lead for the CAT Service, and ACAT-accredited CAT Practitioner and Supervisor. Paula Barnes (Psychological Therapist) is an ACAT-accredited CAT Psychotherapist and Supervisor. We are supported by other CAT Service staff and by other local CAT practitioners providing training, supervision and academic support to the programme. Some training days, especially in year 2, will include invited
local and national speakers with expertise in specialist applications of CAT.

Admission Criteria:

· Core professional training in one of the caring professions (including high-intensity IAPTqualified staff) OR minimum one-year counselling or psychotherapy theory and skills course
· At least one and normally two years of post-qualification experience, including experience of delivering formal psychological treatments.
· Experience and/or training in psychotherapy at an introductory level.
· Basic understanding of the CAT model (attendance at an introductory workshop or received some CAT supervision)
· Regular access to clients in the workplace.
· Full managerial support for the training.
· Non-graduate applicants must demonstrate an ability to undertake studies at the postgraduate level.
· Applicants must have personal qualities that make them suitable for the profession of psychotherapy and have sufficient emotional competence to deal with the psychological aspects of the work. These qualities will normally include a lively and enquiring mind, an ability to listen and respond with compassion and respect and without prejudice, evidence of self-reflection, self-awareness and a commitment to self-development. Applicants should demonstrate awareness and sensitivity to issues of race, gender, sexual orientation, class, disability, ethnic and cultural difference.


For staff currently employed by NTW, the training course is funded by the trust. Clinical supervision is also free of charge if provided by an NTW CAT Service supervisor. There is an initial application fee of £10 and a fee if called for interview of £40. 

For staff not employed by NTW, fees are as follows:

· Initial application fee: £10. If called for interview: £40.
· Academic training and training days: £2000 p.a.
· Supervision fees (if required from NTW CAT Service Supervisors): £1200 p.a. Accredited CAT Supervision may be sought independently of the Course.
· Total cost over two years (incl supervision, excluding personal therapy fees): £6450

For all trainees, there are personal CAT therapy charges. These are negotiated directly with the therapist. Typical cost of therapy approx. £765 (16 sessions + follow-up x £45).

To make an application, please submit the following:

1. Completed application form, available online: www.tinyurl.com/CATapplicationNTW2018 including

  • Current employment details, including your likely source of clients
  • Contact details for two referees (your current manager, and your clinical supervisor, or another professional who knows your recent clinical work well)
  • Details of who to invoice regarding application and interview fees.

2. CV, detailing your professional/work/qualification history

3. A personal supporting statement of around 750 words indicating:

  • Your current therapeutic approach
  • What you hope to gain from training in CAT
  • Why it is important for psychotherapists to develop an understanding of their own emotional life

4. One case summary of around 500 words (not required to be a CAT case)

Please submit applications, by email only, to CSPTtraining@ntw.nhs.uk .

The application deadline is May 18th 2018.  If you are unable to meet the deadline please contact us.


Short-listed applicants will then be invited for an interview. The interview has a number of functions:

· To hear about your interest in CAT, and experiences of it so far
· To give you a chance to ask us about the course and any queries you have
· To clarify whether the necessary arrangements are in place, e.g. managerial support, funding, source of clients
· To give you the opportunity to expand on what you have told us in your application, including your case description
· To hear your reflections on your work and the prospect of being a CAT practitioner in training, in order to assess the “fit” between the course and you as a practitioner at this point in time.

Interviews are scheduled to take place between 8th & 15th June 2018.

Please get in touch if you have any queries, on CSPTtraining@ntw.nhs.uk, or call the Course Administrator, Angela Reay, on 0191 287 6100.

Details and Booking Information

6th September 2018 to 4th June 2020

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