ACAT: Integrating Ideas from Internal Family Systems into CAT
25th November 2022

Integrating ideas from the Internal Family Systems Model into Cognitive Analytic Therapy

Facilitated by: Melanie Lee, Carol Gregory and Alison Jenaway

Venue: NCVO, London

Timings: 9:30am to 4:30pm

Delegate fee: £120 (for online bookings), £135 for invoice bookings (purchase order required)

The Internal Family Systems (IFS) model was developed by Dick Swartz in the 1980s and holds the view that the mind is made up of relatively discrete subpersonalities, each with its own unique qualities and ways of trying to protect the system.  There is also a firm belief that every client has a healthy self, although this may be hidden and hard to access.  The work of therapy involves helping the self to take more of a leadership role and for other parts to work together as a more functional team.  These ideas map easily onto the reciprocal roles and procedures that we explore in cognitive analytic therapy (CAT).

This day brings together three CAT therapists with various levels of interest and training in IFS, who are all using the two models regularly in an integrated way.  We will use the day to explain some of the theory of IFS, compare it to CAT and encourage participants to think about how they might use the ideas in their own practice.  It will be a mixture of presentations, clinical case examples and experiential exercises.

Learning outcomes:

To introduce people to the basic principles and theory of Internal Family Systems work.

To experience aspects of IFS that can be easily included in CAT therapy, such as working with “managers”.

To explore the use of IFS to keep the therapist in their own healthy self.

To provide information about further reading, viewing and training in IFS.


Alison Jenaway

 I am a CAT practitioner and supervisor and a past Chair of ACAT.  I am semi-retired from working as a Consultant psychiatrist in psychotherapy in the NHS, doing CAT initially with young people and their parents, and more recently with people with physical health problems within a liaison psychiatry service.  I still work on a voluntary basis for the NHS one day a week providing CAT supervision and Reflective practice sessions for staff,  I frequently use Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) within my CAT work. I now have a small private practice and I am currently half way through the IRRAPT CAT psychotherapy training so still on a learning journey.

Carol Gregory

I am a CAT practitioner and supervisor. I have also trained in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and EMDR.

I have retired from my post working as a Consultant Old age Psychiatrist in the NHS.

I now have a small independent practice working with adults of all ages, and continue to work voluntarily in the local Liaison Psychiatry Service where I offer a reflective practice group to a multidisciplinary team.

Mel Lee

I am a Clinical Psychologist and CAT Practitioner with additional training in EMDR, IFS (Level 1) and SIP (Somatic Integration and Processing). Following 13 years in the NHS, I have been working solely in private practice since 2017 running Trust Psychology and Trust Pain Management and leading a team of psychologists, physiotherapists and occupational therapists in the North-East of England. I offer supervision and training as well as one-to-one adult client work with a particular specialism in chronic pain following my time working in pain management multi-disciplinary teams. I have a huge passion for the formulation and treatment of relational trauma and have found the integration of relational therapies with body-based approaches so helpful personally and professionally.


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