States, self-States and State Shifts - offered by MCAT
15th November 2018

States, Self-States & State Shifts

Working with complexity using CAT's Multiple Self States Model

A one-day skills-based workshop led by Sarah Littlejohn & Dawn Bennett

Date            Thursday 15th November 2018: 9.45am to 4.00pm

Venue         Queen Alexandra College, 49 Court Oak Road, Harborne, Birmingham, B17 9TG

Cost             Early Bird Rate £100 (Includes lunch and refreshments)                

Workshop Outline

This day offers an opportunity to develop competencies for working with client experiences of powerful states of mind and state shifts in direct work:

  • learning will be structured around real clinical material
  • helping participants recognise and identify states and self-states
  • building skills in mapping complex material, tracking states and shifts
  • using material to demonstrate competencies for working with in-session enactments
  • offering opportunities for skills practice through experiential small group work

Who is it for?

This day is for clinicians wishing to deepen their knowledge and skills in working with complex interpersonal dynamics, including in work with people attracting a diagnosis of “personality disorder” -  Trainee CAT practitioner, Qualified CAT practitioners & psychotherapists, Other therapists with considerable experience & skills in Cognitive Analytic Therapy

Where is it being held?

The venue is an extremely welcoming special school which is located in the heart of Birmingham, close to the M5, the city centre and bus stops in the centre of Harborne.  There is onsite parking, for which you will be issued with a parking permit which must be displayed on the dashboard of your car.

As part of the school’s safeguarding procedures, all visitors must produce photo ID (eg NHS ID, driving licence) on arrival at reception. 

Who are the trainers?

Sarah Littlejohn is a CAT Psychotherapist and is an accredited supervisor and trainer. She has been a lead trainer for the Catalyse Practitioner Training for more than 20 years and provides supervision for Practitioner trainees and for IRRAPT trainees. Sarah runs introductory CAT workshops to a range of professionals each year. She has been a past chair of both ACAT’s Training Committee and Catalyse Executive. She is particularly interested in how CAT provides a framework for the early formulation of complexity and uses of the therapeutic relationship.

Dawn Bennett is a CAT Psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer.  She is Co-ordinator of the two year Catalyse Practitioner Training course, has a lead role in ACAT’s Training Committee and is current chair of Catalyse Executive. Her research is on resolving ruptures in the alliance and CAT competences and she is currently working in related projects for ACAT. In her NHS role she has run CAT skills courses for generic mental health workers in community and in-patient teams and is interested in promoting psychologically informed care.


Details and Booking Information

15th November 2018

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