CAT, Past, Present and Future: The Legacy of Tony Ryle (1927-2016)

The Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy would like to invite you to join us at a one day conference in memory of Tony Ryle, and to celebrate his great contribution of Cognitive Analytic Therapy.

The programme will be a mixture of remembering Tony Ryle, his ideas about therapy and the early days of the development of the model, and also some new ways of working and new applications of CAT.  Those who knew Tony Ryle, or heard him speak, will know that he would never have wanted the model to be fixed in stone but to be a continuously evolving way of making therapy more accessible to anyone in distress, particular those with limited resources of their own.  As such, we hope that the day will alternate between looking back and remembering, and looking forward to new developments and diversity.

A timetable of themes and speakers is being prepared and more information will be available shortly via

At the end of the formal part of the day, from 5pm to 6pm, there is an opportunity for a more informal collection of brief creative presentations (around 3 to 5 minutes each) so do get in touch if you would like to book a slot to talk about a memory of Tony, read a poem, sing a song, or whatever.

It is hoped that all of those who knew Tony, or met him, will send in either a brief video clip of their memories of Tony, or a written reflection of him and his influence.  Some of these may be used as part of the conference presentation, but as many as possible will be put together to create a memorial archive to be kept by ACAT.  Videos should be just 2 or 3 minutes long and pieces of writing just one side of A4.  Both should be emailed to or posted to ACAT, PO Box 6793, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 9DL.

There will also be an opportunity for people to bring a “Goodbye Postcard” to be displayed at the conference so do choose an image that represents your feelings about this sad loss and write your comments on the back.  These will be displayed at the conference and then collected together to form a memorial book at the end of the conference.



Published by Alison Marfell on 23rd Nov 2016

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