On 21 December 2007 Tony Ryle visited Scotland for an informal seminar on Cognitive Analytic Therapy and to offer support and encouragement to the development and accreditation of a CAT Practitioner Training Course in Scotland. The seminar was filmed and is now available in DVD format.
Some of the topics discussed in the seminar include
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This hour-long film provides a very accessible introduction to the history and development of Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), with some ideas for the future. The film begins with Ryle’s, often amusing, reminiscences of his experiences as a GP. He recounts how his interest in human nature and problems, led him to see patients out of hours. One of his initial findings was that his ‘reformulation’ of patients’ problems seemed of great value to his patients and that it helped to progress therapy more quickly than a standard psychoanalytic model. The importance of reformulation is a topic that Ryle returns to on a number of occasions during the film.
The film also includes an introduction to the theoretical antecedents of CAT. Initially, the work of George Kelley was an important influence. Not only did it highlight the significance of outcome research, it also informed the dialogic stance of CAT. Ryle also talks about his inclusion of aspects of object relations theory into the model and the reasons why he preferred Vygotskian theory to Bowlby’s attachment theory.
A discussion with one of the audience helps identify the self as part of reciprocal or dialogical relationships. How a child, from the time of conception has certain tendencies that are shaped by its social and semiotic experiences with other people. This in turn sparks discussion on how therapists should move away from an individualistic to a more social understanding of psychopathology. It also helps identify the importance of supervision, which makes people think about what they’re doing with input from others, thus maintaining effective learning experiences.
The film concludes with a discussion of the merits and drawbacks of some of the other models of psychotherapy currently in use and pointers toward the future of CAT.
Mansur Quraishi - ACAT Development Officer
9 September, 2008
Published by ACAT Administrator on 25th Sep 2008
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