Working with Interpreters, Bilingualism and CAT - offered by Catalyse
27th September 2021

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A half day (afternoon) online workshop with CAT psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer, Jessie Emilion

Event Hashtag: #CATLanguage21

Date: Monday 27 September 2021 (pm only)
Time: 1.30 to 4.30 pm
Venue:  Online via Zoom
Fees:  ACAT member :: £50.00
non-ACAT member :: £60.00
(Invoicing can be requested and incurs an additional £15.00 fee)

Overview of workshop

The afternoon will provide opportunities to explore bilingualism and the use of primary and secondary language in therapy. The complexities of the triadic relationship when working with an interpreter will be discussed within a CAT framework

Working with Interpreters, Bilingualism and CAT is the second in an Inclusive CAT series of full and half day CPD events focussing on CAT practice in the context of equality, diversity and intersectionality. These aim to support CAT therapists in working sensitively and effectively with individuals and client groups with protected characteristics.

The series includes a morning session with Jessie on Power and Powerlessness: Exploring Issues of Race and Culture in Therapy. You can book both half days together at a reduced rate by following this link.

Aims and learning outcomes

The half-day is designed to help participants:

  • Understand the complexities of working across language in psychotherapy.
  • Appreciate the interplay between emotion and fluency in two or more languages in therapy.
  • Develop awareness of relational and process aspects of working in a triadic, rather than dyadic, therapeutic relationship.
  • Build skills for working effectively with interpreters.

Attending this event will support participants in developing skills for sensitive and effective intercultural practice. They will also take away a reading list for further professional development.

Who is it for?

The event will be relevant for qualified and trainee CAT therapists (practitioner & psychotherapist level), plus other trainee and qualified therapists and UKCP-registered psychotherapists. Some familiarity with the CAT model will be useful.


Jessie Emilion is a counsellor, cognitive analytic psychotherapist, supervisor, and trainer. She has worked in the NHS as a senior clinician for the last 20 years. Jessie has an interest in bi-lingualism, culture and race, and the impact of these constructs on mental health. She has extensive experience of working with refugee communities as a clinician and an interpreter. Jessie contributes to Catalyse Practitioner Training and has co-led CAT training programmes internationally in India and Malta.

Jessie is the CAT Psychotherapy Lead at the Munro Centre, for South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation. She leads ACAT’s Inequality and Diversity Special Interest Group. Additionally she co-chairs the Equality Diversity and Intersectionality Committee within UKCP’s Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy College, and is a member of the UKCP EDI Task Force. Additionally she is part of BACP’s EDI Task and Finish Group.

Jessie also provides psychological assessments for several media companies, including the BBC and ITV.

Group size

Places are limited to a maximum of 15 participants.  We advise early booking to secure your place.  Once fully subscribed a further waiting list will be in place.

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