Introduction to CAT Courses

These are introductory workshops usually of one or two days in length. While certificates of attendance for CPD are given, the courses are not assessed and do not lead to a qualification. ACAT offers one or two day introductory courses held in different parts of the country at least twice a year. Booking can be made via the ACAT website.  In addition, many CAT training centres offer introductory courses.

"A clear introduction to the principles and practice of Cognitive Analytic Therapy"

The general aim of Introductory Courses is to provide a clear introduction to the principles and practice of Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT). They provide an opportunity for participants to try out the methods and evaluate their interest in Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT).  They also help to identify further options for training or supervision. Participants will need some familiarity with the use of psychological ideas and methods in responding to mental health problems and emotional distress.

Key Ideas

  • reformulation and brief structured therapy
  • states of mind 
  • reciprocal roles and a dialogic understanding of problem patterns
  • enactments and therapeutic moments

"This two day course was really engaging and really clear in developing my understanding of the concepts and how to start using them"

Typical Methods 

  • collaborative and conversational use of diagrams and writing
  • using CAT as a consultative method
  • active use of time and endings

An Integrative Approach

  • to psychological therapies and mental health work
  • differences and similarities with other models of therapy

Learning methods include the use of case material, including role play or audio/video material, to demonstrate and develop skills in the use of therapeutic methods, lecture presentations and small group work.

"One of the most useful trainings that I have ever attended as it’s started a flood of formulations in my head for some current clinical and organisational challenges"

Who are these courses suitable for?

Counsellors, nurses, psychiatrists, psychotherapists, psychologists, social workers and others interested in learning more about Cognitive Analytic Therapy as a response to mental health problems.

Bespoke CAT Introductory Days

We have a bank of experienced trainers who are willing to provide ‘bespoke’ introductory CAT workshops.  If your organisation or Trust is interested in hosting an Introduction to CAT which can be designed to fit your specific service needs, please get in touch with the ACAT office to explore the possibilities: admin@acat.me.uk  or 'phone Alison Marfell on 01305 263511.

Revised February 2019

What has been written about CAT?  Click here. 

Introducing Cognitive Analytic Therapy: Principles and Practice (Psychology) 
by Anthony Ryle  (Author), Ian B. Kerr (Author), Paperback – 29 Jan 2002


 

CAT Introductory Event Courses

Four Day Introduction to CAT - offered by NHS Lanarkshire Trust || 12-09-19

A Four Day Introduction to CAT - offered by NHS Lanarkshire Trust Thu 12th September, Fri 13th September, Mon 16th September & Tue 17th September 2019 Venue: Law House, NHS Lanarkshire, 4 Airdrie Road, Carluke, Lanarkshire, ML8 5EP Overview Th...


ACAT: Two Day Introduction to CAT || 13-09-19

#ACATintro919 ACAT Introduction to Cognitive Analytic Therapy A two-day introduction to the skills and concepts in practice This highly-rated, short course is offered by ACAT for people new to the CAT way of working Friday, 13th and Saturday, 14t...


Two Day Introduction to CAT - offered by Collaborate || 26-09-19

Two-day Introduction to Cognitive Analytic Therapy Thursday 26th September and Friday 27th September 2019 CAMBRIDGE 9.30am to 4.30pm each day, lunch included Facilitated by Dr Alison Jenaway, Dr Carol Gregory and Rosemary Parkinson This course t...


An Introduction to CAT - offered by the Sussex Partnership NHS FT || 15-11-19

An Introduction to Cognitive Analytic Therapy offered by the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust A two-day course for mental health professionals Friday 15th and Saturday 16th November 2019 Conference Room 2, East Brighton Community Mental Hea...


ACAT: Two Day Introduction to CAT || 28-11-19

#ACATIntro1119 A two-day introduction to the skills and concepts in practice, led by Steve Potter and Annalee Curran This highly-rated short course is offered by ACAT for people new to the CAT way of working. Thursday 28th and Friday 29th Novembe...


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12-09-19 Four Day Introduction to CAT - offered by NHS Lanarkshire TrustA Four Day Introduction to CAT - offered by NHS Lanarkshire Trust Thu 12th September, Fri 13th September, Mon 16th September & Tue 17th September 2019 Venue: Law House, NHS Lanarkshire, 4 Airdrie Road, Carluke, Lanarkshire, ML8 5EP Overview Th...

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26-09-19 Two Day Introduction to CAT - offered by CollaborateTwo-day Introduction to Cognitive Analytic Therapy Thursday 26th September and Friday 27th September 2019 CAMBRIDGE 9.30am to 4.30pm each day, lunch included Facilitated by Dr Alison Jenaway, Dr Carol Gregory and Rosemary Parkinson This course t...

15-11-19 An Introduction to CAT - offered by the Sussex Partnership NHS FTAn Introduction to Cognitive Analytic Therapy offered by the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust A two-day course for mental health professionals Friday 15th and Saturday 16th November 2019 Conference Room 2, East Brighton Community Mental Hea...

28-11-19 ACAT: Two Day Introduction to CAT#ACATIntro1119 A two-day introduction to the skills and concepts in practice, led by Steve Potter and Annalee Curran This highly-rated short course is offered by ACAT for people new to the CAT way of working. Thursday 28th and Friday 29th Novembe...

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