New Two Day Introduction to Using principles from Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) 20th February 2014 to 21st February 2014 Liverpool

By Karen Shannon on January 12, 2014

New introductory Training in principles of Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) which can also be provided ‘in-house’ for your service

Dr Karen Shannon and Dr Marisol Cavieres are pleased to announce  details of their

Two day introduction to Using a Cognitive Analytic Perspective: drawing on the principles of  Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT)

To enhance your role in working in Health, Social Care, Schools, Probation & Prison Settings.

Thursday, 20th February and Friday, 21st February  2014 – 09.30 to 16.30

Fee: £220 (online booking) / £230 (if invoicing requested or paying by cheque

This course is for individuals or teams who work with clients experiencing distress & mental health difficulties in a variety of roles whose primary role is not the provision of psychological therapy.

Including (but not limited to):
Team or Service Management; Care-Coordination; Risk Assessment and Management; Support and Monitoring individuals & Families; Responsible Clinician and Approved Mental Health Roles

This participative workshop will introduce key Cogntive Analytic concepts and their application to non-therapy work including assessment, case formulation, care planning and management and risk assessment and management.

Participants will be introduced to Cognitive Analytic concepts as a shared tool to aid recognition and revision of damaging relational patterns which repeat in restrictive, unhelpful and at times extreme and damaging (e.g. aggression/rejection towards others, forms of self-harm/neglect). On this skills-based course this repetition will be understood within the client-worker relationship and other relationships, including with themselves (self-care), in multi-professional teams and understanding and monitoring risk.  CAT’s understanding is that, unless revised, these internalised experiences are repeatedly re-enacted in current patterns of relating with self and others.

Particpants will, through learning to draw out these repeating patterns and their relational origins, gain a Cognitive Analytic perspective that clearly describes and makes sense of these patterns, and what keeps clients and professionals stuck. Through shared recognition of these patterns (which manifest as thoughts, behaviours, emotions and symptoms) improved management and change is possible.

This rich understanding will enhance clinical conceptualisations by offering participants a framework in which to make sense of and

This two day introductory course will provide a relational understanding of your clients to enhance your usual role and practice, in the context of your everyday work.

Who is this workshop for?
Participants will be employed in Health, Social Care, Probation and Prison Settings, and have some familiarity with psychological approaches and interest in and aptitude for interpersonal and relational approaches.

The course serves as a good foundation for developing some clinical skills and development of skills in reflective practice in teams.

What will I learn from the course? 
An introduction to using Cognitive Analytic principles, concepts, and tools to provide a psychological and relational framework to think about and conceptualise clinical work in the following areas:

Course Trainers: 
Dr Karen Shannon and Dr Marisol Cavieres, Clinical Psychologists and CAT Practitioners, have been teaching CAT for many years in the UK and abroad

• book and pay by personal credit or debit card online instantly through the ACAT web site Click here
• by email, attaching the booking form, to:
• by post, enclosing the booking form and a cheque, to: ACAT, PO Box 6793, Dorchester DT1 9DL

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• Telephone:  0844 800 9496


Cancellations / Refund Policy:  A refund, less a £25 administration fee, will be made if cancellations are received, in writing, at least four weeks before the event. We regret that any cancellation after this time cannot be refunded, and refunds for failure to attend the event cannot be made.

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Fee: £220 (online) / £230 (if paying by cheque or invoicing requested)