Welcome to this first edition of our new ACAT e-newsletter. There were many reasons for thinking that we needed a more informal and light-hearted format for sharing information within the CAT community. I guess the principal one for me was that as CAT continues to develop and diversify around the country it becomes increasingly important for us to share experiences and nurture the central values and principles that we hold in common. The format will be very different from Reformulation and will pull together news about CAT from across the country, international news, key points from ACAT committees as well as personal stories and experiences of being a CAT therapist. We also hope to include more from members of the public on what it is like to receive CAT and what it is that attracts people to this particular approach. Maddy Jevon is the editor of the newsletter and hope you agree that she has done an excellent job putting together this first edition.
With best wishes
Information from the committees
- Update on new courses
- New Skills membership
- New routes to supervisor training
- Call for research supervisors
- Changes to the ACAT CPD policy
- 17th Annual Conference
- Requests for CPD presenters
- A new research and communications strategy for ACAT
- Opportunities within ACAT –
- Vacancy for a vice-chair for membership
- Vacancy for a new trainee rep
- Vacancies for Trustees
- Discounted journal
- ACAT around the regions and Special Interest Groups
- Writing for Reformulation
Update on New Courses
Please ensure that if you have information or submissions for the next Exam Board in June that they are received by Shirley Akgun by 4 June.
New Skills membership
CAT Skills course are now well established and at the last Training Committee there was a discussion about how CAT Skills trainees could be supported during training. It was proposed that a new ‘Trainee CAT Skills’ Membership would be established for those courses accredited by Sheffield Hallam University (SHU). This would entitle the trainee access to the online library facilities along with inclusion in the ACAT community. The other changes proposed were as follows:
The proposed changes now need to be ratified at the forthcoming AGM and incorporated into the organisation’s subsidiary rules.Developing Healthy Hearts and Minds in CAT
Professor Paul Gilbert is our invited speaker on Friday. He is the head of the Research Unit as well as Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Derby. After years of exploring the processes underpinning shame and its role in a variety of psychopathologies, his current research is exploring the neurophysiology and therapeutic effectiveness of compassion focused therapy.
Professor Vasu Reddy is Professor of Developmental and Cultural Psychology at the University of Portsmouth and speaks on Saturday. She writes “I am interested in the origins and development of social cognition, mainly in young infants. For twenty years now I have been exploring the role of understanding, focusing on the everyday, ordinary engagements (such as teasing and joking and showing-off or feeling shy) which often tend to get ignored in mainstream theories. This interest in engagement as the route to understanding has led me to questions about the nature and influence of cultural engagements on social understanding. I am currently intrigued – in relation to infants, in relation to adults and indeed in relation to psychologists – how engagement must constantly either alternate or somehow integrate with disengagement.”
The conference also includes experts from within CAT (Elizabeth McCormick – author of ‘Change for the Better’, Annie Nehmad and Anna Jellema. Most importantly, we have allowed plenty of space for getting together in workshops and small groups in order to further develop our own healthy hearts and minds.
Call for research posters
We would like to encourage poster presentations of research work or audit in CAT at the conference and there will be a small prize for the best conference poster.
Work that focuses on the views of service users will be most welcome. If you have an idea for a poster presentation of your research or audit project then please contact Alison Jenaway or Jackie Baker.Call for presenters for the ACAT nationally run CPD programme
ACAT promotes and supports a number of events aimed at ACAT members and those interested in Cognitive Analytic Therapy. Some of the events are specifically targeted to meet the needs of practising CAT therapists; others are more wide-ranging in subject but may still be useful to CAT therapists or others with a general interest in psychotherapy. Jessie Emilion has taken the lead in promoting these nationally run CPD events and would be interested to hear from you if you have an idea that you would like to present.
Fee rates are as follows: £600/day for one ACAT funded trainer (this includes CPD and introductory training events). The training course should make a profit and have a minimum of 15 delegates. The fee is reduced to £400 each if there are two trainers. If the course ran with fewer than 15 delegates, then the fee would be £400 for one trainer.
ACAT would manage the event from booking the venue through to managing the bookings and payments.
Please email Jessie Emilion through the ACAT website with a proposal and make sure you include an email address and phone number.New Routes to Supervisor Training
As you may know, a great deal of work has gone into revising the supervisor training guidance with the hope that this will free up what had become a bottleneck in training. The new policy is currently being put on the website but these essential changes are shown below.
If you wish, it is also possible to attend the intensive relational skills in supervision training course in addition to completing a period of sitting in.
To speed the process and prevent misunderstandings and disappointment, please ensure that if you are thinking of applying for supervisor training that you read the policy carefully, and are accepted before you start any elements of training.Are you interested in becoming a research supervisor for trainees studying for their MSc in CAT?
A number of the CAT Practitioner courses (PG Diplomas) are now validated by Sheffield Hallam University (SHU), and trainees are offered the opportunity to submit a research dissertation, the successful completion of which leads to the award of an MSc CAT.
Would you be interested in being included on the list of approved research supervisors for MSc candidates? To be eligible you would need to have a Masters degree or above. This is an exciting opportunity to expand the research base for CAT and for collaborative research with MSc students who are accredited CAT practitioners.
As a supervisor you will be supported in this role by the SHU MSc Co-ordinator/Link Tutor from Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) and SHU will offer supervisor development days. Supervisors will receive a fee to cover 10 hours supervision time per year.
If you are interested to be included on the list of approved supervisors please visit the website for further details and an application form. Alternatively contact Dawn Bennett ACAT/SHU liaison or James Turner (CAT practitioner and link tutor SHU) to register your interest or request further information.Opportunities to get Involved in ACAT
New trainee representative for the Council of Management
ACAT Council is looking for a new trainee representative to join the committee. This is an exciting opportunity for a trainee to get first-hand experience of the workings of the organisation and to promote the views of CAT trainees at this level in the organisation. Robyn Vesey our current rep has done an excellent job over the past two years but is currently coming towards the end of her practitioner training. The role involves taking part in a monthly teleconference and also attending three meetings in London each year. There will be a full handover and induction to the role and the organization. If you are a trainee and are interested or would like to nominate anyone please contact Mark Westacott.
Vice Chair for Public and Membership Services
ACAT is looking for someone to take forward the development of services that the organisation provides to members and the wider public. This is a voluntary position and the person will be working closely with members of ACAT Council and the ACAT Liaison Officer, Maddy Jevon. The role offers a great opportunity to shape how the organisation pursues its charitable objectives and expands and improves the services that are offered to our members. Full administrative support for the role will be provided by the ACAT office and it is expected that you would put together a small group of people to work with you on specific projects. If you are interested in the position or would like more information please contact Mark Westacott.
Vacancies for TrusteesDiscounts on Journals
ACAT is governed by its Trustees, elected at the annual AGM. They have overall responsibility for the development of ACAT and for setting the direction of the organization. There is a regular rotation of Trustees – two step down each year, but can stand for re-election if they wish. Current Trustees are: Mark Westacott (Chair), Alison Jenaway (Vice Chair), Stephen White (Treasurer), Annalee Curran, Jessie Emilion, Mary Dunn, Steve Potter, Vicki Richer and Virginia West.
If you are interested in getting involved in ACAT we are looking to elect two additional Trustees at the AGM in July. The role involves attending three meetings in London each year. If you would like more information please contact Mark Westacott or any of the Trustees listed above.
Nominations for these vacancies need to be received by 12 noon on 9 June at the ACAT office. Nominations forms will be circulated to all members in mid April.
A discount has been negotiated for members of ACAT for the journal Psychoanalytic Dialogues: The Internal Journal of Relational Perspectives The discounted rate we offered is £49 / €68. That is a 20% discount off the individual subscription rate. Members of ACAT can subscribe to the journal either by contacting our customer service department or by completing the electronic order form. The contact information for our customer service department is as follows:
Taylor & Francis
If members are contacting Customer Service directly, they will need to state that they are a member of ACAT in order to receive the discounted rate. This link will also appear on the website.
Please suggest other journals that you feel would be of relevance to ACAT members and we will follow these up with the aim of negotiating further discounts.A New Research and Communications Strategy for ACAT
Jason Hepple is the new Chair of the Research and Communications Committee which met for the first time last September (see Terms of Reference below). Pressing items on the agenda are the revision of the website to support the Research Support Group function (Tony Ryle has kindly agreed to be the Research Support Group Coordinator), and to improve how CAT is presented to stakeholders and the public by looking at CAT’s web presence and the production of a CAT brochure (with concise presentation of research into CAT and bibliography) and a range of leaflets addressed to potential clients, commissioners, referrers, potential trainees etc.
If you have any ideas for other ways to increase the profile of CAT please e-mail JasonResearch and Communication Committee Terms of Reference
Research Support Group
Do you know who else is involved in CAT in your region? In order to help you to build local CAT networks, regional lists can be accessed from the website. To view the listings from your geographical area log on to the website and look for ACAT members in your region. The website will show if you are included in the list – to opt in you only have to click on the ‘click here’ link. If your name does not appear it is possible that your details do not include information about your region. To update your records, go to your home page and the first paragraph will give you a link to your personal records.
This information is only available to current members, and will only show your name and an email link (if you're on email). We hope this will help you to get to know, and keep in touch with, other local ACAT Members and strengthen the local CAT presence in your area.
Reports from some regions and special interest groups appear below but this is not an exclusive list. Are you organising events for members in your region or special interest group? Get in touch and let me know what’s happening? Tell me about your CAT services or about future meetings. Email me – Maddy.Jevon@acat.me.uk I’ll look forward to hearing from you.South, Mid and West Wales
Anyone interested in CAT in South, Mid and West Wales is welcome to our regular meetings at Archway House, Cardiff. Our next meeting is a case presentation on Wednesday 14 April 10-12. We will also be discussing plans for a local CAT Skills Training. The following meeting will be on 14 July.Midlands
Midlands CAT (MCAT) is running its first Practitioner Training for many years. The new trainees are now half way through their first year and still full of ideas, motivation to learn and enthusiasm about dialogically engaging with their clients. Tina Griffiths and Jurai Darongkamas are running most of it, with the input and support from the MCAT Practitioner Training Steering Group. Tina and Jurai can give you more details.Learning Disability SIG
The first discussions about having a CAT special interest group for people working in learning disability services started over 10 years ago between Val Crowley, Phil Clayton and Ros King, and seven years ago, the group started to meet four times a year in Birmingham. There are now over 30 members and on May 28th this year, we are holding our first one-day conference on CAT in Learning Disability Services, at Birmingham University. There will be 7 presentations covering a wide range of topics (please see the events section of the ACAT web pages for details and booking as there are a few places left).
Over the years we have been meeting, the group has developed a great deal. One initial task was to explore how to adapt CAT tools for learning disability services, but gradually, through exchanging and reflecting on our experiences of implementing CAT with people with learning disabilities, their carers and with staff teams, the group has developed a sense of confidence. CAT, as a versatile yet clear approach, appears intrinsically useful for the very varied requirements of working with people who have complex needs which usually involving multiple statutory and voluntary agencies. We have produced over 20 publications on aspects of our work, (most published in Reformulation), and we continue to explore how experiences of working in learning disability services encourages the development of both CAT theory and practice. It is an exciting, energetic and productive group and open to anyone involved in learning disability services who is receiving CAT supervision. Please see the web site for details.
Our work in running the practitioner training with an annual recruitment continued successfully last year despite concerns, on some of our parts, that the financial climate would affect recruitment. We hope to recruit again in 2010 but wait to see in the months ahead. We had twenty three new trainees starting the course in October and nineteen trainees go into the second year from the 2008-2010 cohort. Satisfaction with the course is good, as are completion rates though, as ever, it takes well into the third year for many to complete all elements of the course. We are pleased that the new accreditation partnership with Sheffield Hallam University is beginning to become embedded with no loss to our core values or methods of training. There is an increased interest by ACAT North graduates in the further two years of training offered by ACAT Nationally to achieve CAT psychotherapist status (nine have taken up a place in January 2010).
Having now trained over 200 practitioners over the years there is widespread enthusiasm for CAT with the same wide range of innovative clinical applications echoing the national picture. In this context we are glad to work side by side with neighbouring and thriving practitioner trainings in the North East, in Scotland and in the Midlands. On the past year’s evidence it is likely that CAT in the North will be active in four overlapping directions of training.
ACAT North will be aiming to keep in mind the wider context to its training and consultative work. The range of developments which are emerging need researching. In addition the gaps in provision need to be noted. For example there has never been a basic pre-professional qualification entry into CAT training and as increasing numbers of Clinical Psychology trainees have elements of CAT training as a routine part of their clinical training there are opportunities to think about how CAT can work as an over arching relational and integrative framework for the kind of versatile range of competencies at the heart of clinical psychology training. The mix of skills training, personal and professional coaching and mini therapy based on CAT on which we report through our work with the Lancaster Clinical Psychology course is a case in point.
In this context we have also been active in widening the range of work with a variety of partnership agreements to develop CAT skills in house or as part of training. These are currently being delivered or in the pipeline with Cheshire and Wirral Learning Disabilities Services, Lincolnshire Adult Psychological Services and Humber Forensic Centre. In addition there continue to be range of team based CAT skills trainings, projects and service developments designed and delivered by the ACAT North team and graduates of the course as part of their employment within statutory organisations (e.g. Lancashire Care NHS Trust; Barnsley Primary Care Trust; Sheffield Health and Social Care Trust).
The emphasis on all these developments is in basic relational skills training through the use of CAT’s dialogic approach to mapping interactive patterns and states of mind. In the past year we have begun gathering this work under a wider umbrella for all our work as a not for profit, social enterprise training, research and consultation organisation called Catalyse. We hope to take further steps to build this organisation in the year ahead and have a one day conference planned for April 23rd with this in mind as advertised on the ACAT website.
Annual recruitment figures for the ACAT North Course over the years
On an administrative and course leadership front we are delighted to have a new administrator Frances Free in post. This is making a big difference and we have rotated our course leadership roles with Glenys Parry taking over as course director from Steve Potter after three years in the role. Mark Dyer has a key role as our Finance Director. The course team of lead trainers continues to be Dawn Bennett, Debby Pickvance, Mark Evans, Sarah Littlejohn, Lawrence Welch, Glenys Parry and Steve Potter.CAT in Scotland
CAT is thriving in Scotland through two centres - one in Lothian and one in Lanarkshire so both in the Central Belt. In Lothian we have been given protected time to provide two 3-day Introduction to CAT trainings in the year. From these trainings we get a number of people interested in undertaking supervision for a couple of cases and we have several supervision groups running. In addition there is a five day training being provided through Napier University.
In Lanarkshire the trainings have been based around the 5-day skills training and this is being offered to other areas throughout Scotland. CAT is also developing within Forensic NHS services in Scotland with 5-days skills trainings having been developed and delivered for this context.
It is not always easy to keep the momentum for the CAT Scotland meetings and CPD events, but we are planning for a one day annual meeting, and hope this will enable more people to attend. We will put details on the website when we have a firm date.
At this time we are also coming to the end of our first national Practitioner Training which has gone very well. However, we now have to review our resources and make decisions about when or whether to run another one in the near future.
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As you know ACAT has so far had a voluntary CPD policy which has taken a facilitative approach so that members do not have to face yet further requirements to record and submit information. The policy has relied on members keeping a personal record of their CPD and signing to say that they have met the CPD requirements when their membership is renewed each year. This approach has worked for a long time and has been able to continue so long as ACAT was not required to keep track of members’ CPD in any more formal way.
There have been a couple of recent developments that have led to us having to change this policy. The first one, of which you will all probably be aware, is statutory regulation. The HPC requires organisations to have a formal CPD policy where logs are checked and requirements on time and types of CPD activity are made more specific. In order for the registers of organisations such as ACAT to be transferred to the HPC in 2012 they must have a policy in place that meets these requirements. In fact, when you look at what the HPC requires this is not particularly onerous or demanding and the range of acceptable CPD activities in very broad. However, it will feel like a bit of a culture change for us and we have tried to make the new policy as straightforward and simple as possible. The second, related development is that in light of regulation the UKCP has now also changed its requirements of Member Organisations and is similarly requiring us to introduce a more formal policy.
We hope that you will find the new policy straightforward to put into practice. As most of us have a core profession, we will be recording our CPD anyway and it should be fairly simple to keep track of any CAT CPD you are doing at the same time. The policy itself will be circulated separately. However, just to summarise the main components of it, all practising members of ACAT will need to develop an annual CPD plan in collaboration with their clinical supervisor, line manager, tutor, peer supervisor or colleague. The idea is that it is developed out of discussion with a colleague and there is a great deal of flexibility around who this might be. The plan needs to include three or more types of CPD activity over 30 hours, 20 of which should be CAT specific. The policy itself will begin in October 2010 and then in October 2011 there will commence an annual audit of a random sample of 2.5% of practitioners and 2.5% of psychotherapists, who will be asked to fill in and submit a CPD profile. Members will only be audited once they are at least two years’ post practitioner accreditation
We appreciate that this is a change of policy that will have an effect on the records you are required to keep. Our aim has been to structure the policy to make the process as simple as possible and also to be of benefit to you as we approach statutory regulation. The new policy is on the ACAT website and it is important that you familiarise yourself with it. If you are chosen to be audited from 2011 we will send you a CPD profile to fill in and return by a specific date. A member of Council with responsibility for CPD is being appointed to undertake the assessments of chosen profiles and will report to the Exam Board and the member on the outcome. ACAT is also expanding the amount of CPD that is offered to make the requirements as easy to meet as possible.
Writing for ReformulationThe Newsletter
Julie Lloyd and Jason Hepple have taken on the editorship of Reformulation and Julie writes: “Although in Reformulation there is an important place for exploration of CAT theory and descriptions of CAT practice, I think that one of the things Jason and I had been thinking about is to widen the scope of Reformulation to encourage discussion, which we hope that people will do by writing letters with opinions.
I hope you have enjoyed the first edition of the ACAT e-newsletter. The next edition is planned for July following the meeting of the Training Committee and Exam Board in late June, and the July conference. The last date for receiving contributions is Wednesday 8 July.
I shall be at the conference armed with pencil, paper and camera so please come and say hello, let me know where you work and what you do – but don’t be surprised if I ask you to write a piece for the newsletter or for Reformulation. I’m looking forward to getting to know you all better and to help you know about what is going on in the CAT world.
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