More information to follow. Speakers will include:
Professor Emeritus of Social Epidemiology at the University of Nottingham Medical School
Steve Potter is a CAT psychotherapist who teaches and supervises on different courses in the UK and internationally. He is based in London.
'Divided selves in a divisive world. How the conversational process of CAT mapping can combine emotional healing with relational awareness and an outwardly social story of the self'
There is an emotional healing process when conversationally mapping our patterns of relating side-by-side in therapy or reflective practice. In such a process transference and trauma need working with as two sides of the same relational coin. Using examples with CAT colleagues this plenary presentation will offer relational maps and examples of some of the divisive processes in contemporary societies and look afresh at the ideas of a divided self (James, Fromm, Winnicott, Laing, Bromberg) using the ideas of reciprocal roles and multiple self-states. Therapists in any approach can learn to use the tools of CAT mapping to formulate the relational awareness that can understand, heal and, if necessary, live within a divided self. We need ways (CAT offers them) to supervise moments when the deepest parts of our sense of self are being pulled in, attacked, overlooked or burdened and we cope by developing a divided self
Henrietta Batchelor is a retired Consultant Psychotherapist now working in private practice as a clinician, supervisor, ACAT examiner and moderator. For many years she worked in Relate and later set up an NHS Relationship and Sexual Difficulties Clinic before moving on to a post in Women’s Health Psychology in Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. Whilst most of her clients present individually with difficulties, she has remained interested in couple work and how CAT can be used to help them – and when other models seem to be more appropriate.
Anna Jellema is a Clinical Psychologist and ACAT Psychotherapist, now retired from the NHS and working in private practice as a therapist and ACAT supervisor. She is the former Course Director for the NTW (now CNTW) CAT Practitioner Training which started in Sunderland and is now based in Newcastle. Anna worked in Relate along with Henrietta for many years, and has continued to see some couples and supervise couple work in her private practice.
“Working with Couples – is CAT enough?”
In the early days of developing Cognitive Analytic Therapy, Anthony Ryle published a book chapter on ‘Couple Therapy’, in which he suggested that object relations theory (ORT) concepts are likely to be helpful in couple work. We suggest that this thinking got somewhat lost as Ryle developed CAT for individuals. In this presentation we ask whether we should take Ryle’s earlier thinking more seriously when offering CAT to couples, and make more use of ORT within the overall “scaffolding” of CAT.
While many couples may be helped by CAT, in some cases the intensity of feelings in the room and reciprocal role enactments, plus the number, complexity and primitive nature of the transferences, may just overwhelm the CAT process. This can be very disturbing for therapists as well as clients. We will illustrate this with some examples from our own clinical work with couples.
Drawing on our shared background in Relate, we will outline some key psychoanalytic concepts and systemic ideas about the nature of the role boundaries between members of a couple, to help CAT therapists deepen their understanding of managing and helping more disturbed couples. Working with individuals may also be enriched by making use of some of these ideas in our regular CAT practice. We will also address the relevance of Attachment Theory to couples, with its emphasis on the importance of the “secure base” and “safe haven”, and think about how an understanding of attachment dynamics can help contain acting-out within a CAT therapy.
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