Editorial

Nuttall, S. and Scott Stewart, M., 2002. Editorial. Reformulation, Spring, p.2.


To mark ten years of ACAT’s existence ACAT News would like to acknowledge more directly that the publication contains both ACAT news and articles on theoretical and clinical practice by planning to rename the publication. We are considering ‘ACAT Forum and News’ and including a Letters To the Editor page. Comments and suggestions for a new title would be welcome as would your considered responses to the content of this issue.

What of views and remembrances of past newsletters? When was the first one collated and by whom? How did it evolve? It has been hard to do this important piece of research for this issue and it would be helpful to hear about past anecdotes, successes and failures, as it would also be helpful to know what people would like to read and what would help or interest the ACAT members?

Included in this issue are details of courses and events, which have kindly been sent to us for this issue. Claire Tanner gives us a direct, concise thought provoking and helpful look at TPs. This should help us to look at what is familiar, taken for granted and perhaps even overlooked in CAT. It is, we hope, the first in a series of articles by trainers on Basic CAT to mark the publication of ‘Introducing CAT: principles and practice’ by Tony Ryle and Ian Kerr. In the same spirit Cherry Boa gives us the benefit of long experience of setting up CAT workshops. Steve Potter our Chair asks questions about the robustness and continuing evolution of the model through a reflection on ten years of practitioner training. Although we have a good percentage of successes using the model in different settings there are also a sizeable number of clients and patients who will question what we do by demanding some additional way of thinking about them. This is called learning from the patient. Mark Dunn raises different questions in his personal look at 15 years practice of CAT by asking us about our actual practice. At the heart of Rachel Pollard’s update on Bakhtin studies lies a tension between the desire and need for an objective structure and the complementary need for continuing dialogue and development.

All these articles must raise thoughts and feelings where our experiences are confirmed or disconfirmed, where we are able to understand something better, or to question. We can begin to clarify our own thoughts in the process of writing them down. Please do so and send without delay! What we need to hear through the journal and newsletter are your responses, so the publication can become a voice and place of debate for the members. So anything that stirs in you as you read this issue, be it an example which reinforces what you have read, or one which puts forward a different or opposing view please put your thoughts on paper and send it to the ACAT office or e-mail it. Back of envelope comments will be accepted.

We look forward to hearing from you

Mog Johnstone Editor

Serena Nuttall

Assistant Editor

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