Life is about collecting stories - offered by Collaborate
22nd May 2018

This event is Fully Booked.

WARNING! This event has passed.


Life is about collecting stories - what do yours say?

A one-day workshop exploring the use of ideas from Narrative Therapy to add a new richness to your practice of Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT)

Narrative therapy

This form of therapy, developed in the 1970s, mainly by Michael White and David Epston, seeks to help people identify their values, skills and knowledge in order to overcome their problems.  The therapist encourages the client to explore the history of these qualities, and to co-author a new narrative which often challenges the dominant cultural view.

"Narrative therapy seeks to be a respectful, non-blaming approach to counselling and community work, which centres people as the experts in their own lives. It views problems as separate from people and assumes people have many skills, competencies, beliefs, values, commitments and abilities that will assist them to reduce the influence of problems in their lives."

From "What is Narrative Therapy? An easy-to-read introduction by Alice Morgan.

After this workshop you will:

  • Understand the theoretical ideas behind Narrative Therapy.
  • Know how to use some techniques from Narrative Therapy, such as language use, externalisation, deconstruction and re-authoring,  
  • Know how you can integrate Narrative Therapy in a CAT framework.
  • Have heard clinical examples where Narrative Therapy and CAT have been combined.
  • Have experienced the power of Narrative Therapy for yourself through using the Tree of Life.

Who is the workshop for?

CAT therapists who are interested in adding some more creative ways of working to their repertoire.  Attendees can expect an interactive session, with opportunities to try-out new lines of questioning in a safe environment, experiment with new tools, and build an even stronger skillset.


Emma Offord is a clinical psychologist, working with the Addenbrooke’s Hospital liaison psychiatry team, and also in private practice.  She is an experienced Narrative therapist.  Having recently done some training in Cognitive Analytic Therapy, Emma is starting to explore how to integrate CAT with Narrative Therapy.

When is the workshop?                                    

Tuesday 22nd May 2018 from 9.30am to 4pm

Where is it?

The Cass Centre, Cambridge, CB2 8BS

If you have any questions please feel free to contact

What is the cost?

£90 including lunch for online bookings (see booking information below).

Details and Booking Information

22nd May 2018

You can book this event online if you are registered or logged into this site. Click here to register or log in using the boxes at the top of this page.

Our Next 10 CPD Events

View all courses

02-02-19 Understanding and resolving ruptures - an online event offered by Become PsychologyUnderstanding and resolving ruptures in the therapeutic relationship: a practical skills interactive webinar. ~ Workshop presented by Dr Robert Watson, Clinical Psychologist, Accredited Cognitive Analytic Therapist & Supervisor, and Vice-Chair o...

01-03-19 Research Day - organised jointly by ACAT and Catalyse#CATres19 The second, joint, one day Research Conference organised byACAT and Catalyse The Research Journey from Start to Finish – Motivating to Motivated Venue: Institute of Biomedical Science, 12 Coldbath Square, London, EC1R 5HL Overvie...

15-03-19 ACAT: CAT for psychosis: a relational approach#ACATrelpsy19 Date: Friday 15th March 2019 Times: 9:30am - 4.00pm Location: Institute of Biomedical Science, 12 Coldbath Square, London, EC1R 5HL Overview / aims To consider how we might use a CAT framework to refo...

27-03-19 Trainers and Supervisors Meeting#ACATtrain19 More information to follow...

29-03-19 ACAT: CAT with Couples#ACATcoup19 Times: 9:30am – 4:30pm Venue: Institute of Biomedical Science, 12 Coldbath Square, London, EC1R 5HL Overview and aims This day is aimed at individual and couple therapists who would like to work within a CAT model as well as at ...

29-03-19 Forensic CAT Conference - offered by Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Trust (TEWV)Shared Thinking Space: Innovations in Reflective Practice in Forensic Settings Friday 29th March 2019 Hosted by Ridgeway Hospital, Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Trust (TEWV) The Grand, York 9am-5pm with lunch and refreshments provided Relevant...

05-04-19 States and Self States - offered by CatalyseStates, Self-states & State Shifts: mapping & working with complexity using CAT’s Multiple Self States Model A one-day workshop led by Sarah Littlejohn and Dawn Bennett #CATmssm19 Overview of workshop: Individual clinicians and team...

17-05-19 ACAT: Embodied Presence and the Observing SelfEmbodied Presence and the Observing Self Regulating Affect, Processing Experience and Enhancing Inner Attunement Based on practices used with patients derived from the published work of psychotherapists informed by interpersonal neurobiology #ACAT...

17-05-19 One day conference celebrating 25 years of CAT Practitioner Training in the North - Catalyse#CAT25conf Catalyse invites you to celebrate 25 years of CAT Practitioner Training in the North One day conference on Friday 17th May 2019 Chancellors Hotel & Conference Centre, Manchester This one day conference aims to share, acknowledge and ...

13-06-19 Working with Unmanageable Feelings - offered by CatalysePresenters: Glenys Parry and Marisol Cavieres Venue: Chancellor's, Manchester More information to follow...


This site has recently been updated to be Mobile Friendly. We are working through the pages to check everything is working properly. If you spot a problem please email and we'll look into it. Thank you.