CAT Supervisor Training:  Guidelines for Training

The usual pathway for training as a CAT Supervisor is that

  • You will be a CAT Practitioner with 2 years’ post-accreditation experience or a CAT Psychotherapist
  • You will have completed a minimum of 16 CAT cases under supervision: 8 CAT Practitioner training cases and 8 completed post accreditation.

The latter cases would normally be supervised by an accredited or trainee CAT supervisor. Where this has not been possible for all eight of the latter cases please see the information provided in section 3 of the handbook

The training is an apprenticeship model through which you are supported by a Senior Supervisor as you work through a number of components.  You will need to

  • Identify a Senior Supervisor
  • Make an application to begin CAT Supervisor Training outlining your personal plan

The application fee is currently £100.

Once approved you will work through two parts

  • In Part 1 you would usually attend an ACAT Accredited Supervisor Training course
  • In Part 2 you run your own supervision group under supervision
  • You supplement this with additional components to support your training and meet your own learning needs

The Supervisor Training Handbook is available to download at the end of this page or from the 'Training' section of your personal home page once you have logged-in. It contains information about the training from the application and planning stage through to completion.  It also includes all the forms and guidance that you need along with the assessment and review process.    

Please note that although this is the usual pathway for Supervisor Training, you may not be able to proceed in this way due to various factors, for example

  • You may attend an ACAT course prior to completing your 16 cases due to the timing of the course or because funding is available
  • You may choose to attend the course purely as CPD, as you are not sure if you will apply to train as a supervisor at that stage
  • There may be a delay setting up and running your own group so you cannot move straight from completion of the course (Part 1) to Part 2

Supervisor training may therefore run over a longer period of time and reflect a more varied route.  These situations are discussed in the Handbook and you can get in touch with queries about your situation.

The Vice Chair for Supervisor Training is Jane Stephens.  You can contact Jane with queries relating to applications or the training pathway via Maria Cross in the ACAT office (

The supervisor training documents are available for download at the end of this page, but are also located under 'Training' and 'Training Resources' on your personal home page once logged-in.

When ready to apply for accreditation, a further fee of £100 (current rate) will be payable.

For the dates of forthcoming Exam Board meetings, and the accreditation submission deadlines, please click on the following link:

Updated November 2018


CAT Supervisor Training Courses

ACAT: Relational Skills in CAT Supervision Residential || 22-04-20

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ACAT Calendar for March
1010th March 2020
Special Interest Group Event: Equality and Diversity SIG Meeting
1212th March 2020
CAT Introductory Event: CAT 2 Day Introductory Workshop - offered by CNTW NHS Foundation Trust
1313th March 2020
CAT Introductory Event: An Introduction to Cognitive Analytic Therapy - offered by Sussex Partnership NHS Trust
1616th March 2020
CPD Event: Reflective Practice Workshop - offered by TEWV
1717th March 2020
CPD Event: Forensic CAT Conference - offered by TEWV
2020th March 2020
CPD Event: IRRAPT Fundraising Workshop - offered by Cheryl Delisser and Clive Turpin
2525th March 2020
CPD Event: Considering the Adolescent Self in Working with Adults using CAT - offered by the CAT SW SIG
2626th March 2020
CPD Event: ACAT: Trainers and Supervisors Meeting
3030th March 2020
Special Interest Group Event: TAST SIG

Our Next 1 CAT Supervisor Trainings

22nd April 2020
ACAT: Relational Skills in CAT Supervision Residential


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