IRRAPT Fundraising Workshop - offered by Cheryl Delisser and Clive Turpin
20th March 2020

Are you interested in the opportunity of active learning with CAT colleagues across and enjoyable and playful day which also contributes to a good cause?  If yes, read on .......

Challenging financial times within organisations such as the NHS, means greater restrictions on funding for people that want to embark on further training such as psychotherapy. With this in mind, a group of IRRAPT graduates, coordinated by Hilary Beard (course director), are putting on a number of fundraising workshops across the country. The aim is to increase the bursary available for those applying for IRRAPT.

One of these events, co-ordinated by us (Cheryl Delisser and Clive Turpin), will be held in Manchester on Friday 20th March, with all profits going to the IRRAPT bursary fund.

IRRAPT enables trainees to change their core profession to a CAT Psychotherapist with UKCP (United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapy) Registration, which enhances career opportunities for successful graduates. The training fosters both professional and personal growth and graduates often go on to take leading roles in the ACAT Organisation and within CAT Training. IRRAPT focuses on gathering a diversity of trainees from around the country to foster diversity of practice and the continued growth of the CAT learning community.

We've planned a varied and enjoyable day which aims to give you a sense of what the psychotherapy course entails such as theory paper discussion groups. We will highlight how the psychotherapy training is different from CAT Practitioner training, whilst presenting topics that hold a broad and general interest to the CAT community. These will include CAT in therapy and reflective practice groups, and brief CAT with self-harm (integrating with PIT). 

We undertook IRRAPT together from 2009 to 2011 and will share some of our personal experiences of the course. There will also be some writings from other graduates posted around the room to read. 

This will be a great opportunity to come along to a discounted day, knowing that you are contributing to a good cause, whilst learning and networking.  If you are also considering the exciting and rewarding possibility of CAT psychotherapy training then this will be an added bonus.  

The day will share some key aspects of the course, which will include:

A general overview of IRRAPT

Dissertation presentations

- CAT in Groups, including reflective practice groups

- CAT and self-harm: Integrating CAT and PIT in brief therapy

CAT theory paper discussion

An example of the research module - Focusing on Goodbye letters

Question and Answer session on IRRAPT


Provisional timetable is as follows:

09.15 Welcome followed by Introduction to IRRAPT - how it’s different from Practitioner training and describing the structure, programme and process

10.00 Presentation based on dissertation - CAT in Groups, including reflective practise groups

11.00 Break

11.30 Presentation based on dissertation - CAT and self-harm: Integrating CAT and PIT in brief therapy

12.30 Further thoughts about IRRAPT

12.45 Lunch

13.30 Theory discussion groups

14.30 Break and poster walk

15.00 Focusing on Goodbye letters and an example of the research module in IRRAPT

16.00 Q and A about IRRAPT

16.30 Finish


Timings: 9.30am to 4.30pm.

Venue: Conference Room, Rawnsley Building, Manchester Royal Infirmary, off Hathersage Rd, Manchester, M13 9WL

Refreshments: will be provided, but not lunch.

In an effort to reduce plastic waste, you’re more than welcome to bring your own mug (your brew will also taste better).

Cost: £75 or £50 if you are a Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Trust employee (places are limited at this lower fee)

Facilitators – Cheryl Delisser and Clive Turpin (UKCP Registered and ACAT Accredited CAT Psychotherapists and Supervisors)

ACAT reserves the right to change programme content and presenters.

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