Residential Supervisor Training: Relational Skills in CAT Supervision
2nd February 2011 to 4th February 2011

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Relational Skills in CAT Supervision

Led by Steve Potter and Philippa Gardner

A repeat of this intensive two and half day residential course is designed for trainee CAT supervisors, or CAT practitioners with 16 cases completed who are thinking of training  in supervision.  For trainee supervisors it offers a newly agreed, ACAT approved alternative to sitting in with a senior supervisor*.  The course may also be an opportunity for qualified and experienced supervisors to look more intensively at their own practice as part of their CPD.

*updated guidelines on supervisor training and the latest recommendations from the Training Committee are on the ACAT website  

The course will offer:

  • Demonstrations of and practice in the core personal and professional skills in being a relational CAT supervisor
  • Opportunities to explore personal aspects of professional competence as a CAT practitioner and supervisor
  • Reflection upon the theory in practice of the ‘dialogic and analytic’ understanding unique to CAT’s relational supervision.
  • A framework for ongoing reflective, relational practice as a CAT supervisor whether directly for individual therapy or indirectly with staff teams and individuals.


Skills practice and supervision of the key aspects of CAT will be demonstrated step by step through role play by the trainers followed by role play in small groups of three by the participants.   This skills work will be alternated with personal reflection groups which will explore common enactments in the role of CAT supervisor. Issues relating to being active, authoritative and flexible within the zone of the supervisee’s learning will be explored.  There will be two key presentations relating to CAT supervision on the topic of Transference and Countertransference (Philippa Gardner) and therapeutic moments (Steve Potter) in the context of a dialogical and analytic approach to relational skills in the supervision of CAT.   Part of the ethos of the course will be the shared experience of being a community of supervisors committed to CAT.    Participants will bring details of a recent or current case, with which they are familiar, as the basis of role play. 


Steve Potter is a widely experienced trainer and supervisor in CAT.  He is a trainer for ACAT North and co-director of the residential programme for CAT psychotherapy training as well as running a variety of introductory and skills training courses.  He is a trustee of ACAT and also chair of the International Cognitive Analytic Therapy Association. He was for many years a teacher of social group work and skills in group and interpersonal relations.  He is attracted to CAT as a versatile, relational framework for mapping and tracking our psycho-social patterns of being in the world and their implications for mental health.

Philippa Gardner works as a Consultant CAT Psychotherapist and is course director for the Berkshire CAT Practitioner training. She is an experienced supervisor and trainer and has for many years worked in the Health Service providing CAT for patients with complex needs. Her enthusiasm for CAT lies with its transparency, clarity and creativity. She has a particular interest in working with process issues and tries to keep this and the therapeutic relationship at the heart of all her work.


'The inhouse supervision group ... was the enabling moment for me. I decided that I would go on from there and run my own supervision group.  It was an excellent investment in time and a sharp learning curve. It made me aware of the power of the group to cover blind spots and how group wisdom is at times more than the sum of its parts when harnessed.'

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Details and Booking Information

2nd February 2011 to 4th February 2011

£280 inclusive of full board for two nights.

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Cancellations / Refund Policy:

A refund, less a £20 admin fee, will be made if cancellations are received, in writing, at least four weeks before the event. We regret that any cancellation after this time cannot be refunded and refunds for failure to attend the event cannot be made.

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