Staying involved with Catalyse

You may want to be part of Catalyse promoting CAT in the North, working with others. If you’re not sure about all the areas of our work then take a look around our website. To find out more about the aims of Catalyse and our constitution click here .

You might be unsure about how to take the next step. The following says a little about how to connect, get involved and join Catalyse in its work.

How do people stay involved?

There are a variety of roles that people have with Catalyse. We have prepared some information on many of the roles involved with the Practitioner course and other workstreams which you can download below.                                                                         Catalyse-Practitioner-Course-Roles.pdf

People have got into work with Catalyse in different ways and we recognise that there isn’t a clear path. We have had open applications for some roles, so that we could be totally transparent to all (eg core trainer, CPD lead). We do need to invite applications if it is a specialist role such as when we wanted a project manager to make the training films.

At other times we have used the ‘tap on the shoulder’ approach. Some people are invited to do a case presentation, the Q&A session in year 1 of the CAT Practitioner course, or to contribute a teaching day due to specific expertise. Then the role might evolve from there.

For major roles in the course, specifically trainers and for core trainer roles, we would usually ask people to take small steps. Our ways of bringing people in aren’t static but we hope to be more transparent about the possible routes. We’d also like to be able to hear from people interested in being involved in a course role, or any other Catalyse role.

How do we do this currently?

By general encouragement and being open

We ‘generally encourage’ people to consider various roles. For example on the last day of CAT Practitioner training we talk about various roles and encourage people to consider areas they are drawn to. At that stage and later through mailouts, we invite all graduates to consider roles such as seminar facilitator or training therapist.

We think this works relatively well for these roles but other roles are less open to this. For example, you may be less likely to say you’d offer a training day. Markers are more usually accredited supervisors or those who have started training as a supervisor. We aren’t always aware of who has completed supervision training so we may not approach you to be a marker. We would like to include people who are drawn to marking due to their experience, but are not yet supervisors.

Inviting you to make a specific contribution

We sometimes approach individuals and encourage them to become involved. For example your case study or essay may stand out and a marker may feel you could make a valuable teaching contribution. This could be through presenting case material, being a co-trainer on a course training day, or running a CPD event. Your work area or your approach might alert a supervisor or core trainer to a specific contribution you could make .

However, this is not a very reliable method for us to bring people in. It may not happen to you even if your work warrants it. For example it may be less likely if your supervisor or marker isn’t a core team member. Now that we have blind marking your potential contributions may not be as visible. Also, your areas of expertise may develop some years after Practitioner training and we might not know about them. If you think you have something to offer or would like to discuss this further, we’d welcome you getting in touch.

You approaching us

We recognise that it may be hard to put yourselves forward for a course role and even harder for some of the other Catalyse roles (CPD trainer, PR therapist). This may be the case even if we encourage you, as this might activate reciprocal roles around whether or not you’d be accepted. We want to make this easier.

We’d also like to make it easier for people who are not training or trained in CAT to become involved. Perhaps you are someone who has experience of using CAT as a therapy, or as a tool for care planning. If you would like to become involved in some aspect of our work as an ‘expert by experience’ then we would be interested in hearing from you. This could involve contributing to training in some way, whether that is face-to-face, or by offering something written, or recorded.

So how can you approach us – who is the go to person?

You can find out a little about each Catalyse workstream through the website. There are blogs about some of the areas and we hope this will build over time. Where relevant we will have provided job role descriptions. This is easier to do for some workstreams than for others. You may see something that attracts you. It may stimulate interest and ideas. Or you may have an idea yourself which isn’t already on offer but could be related to one of the Catalyse workstreams.

Please feel free to contact the relevant workstream lead (you can find this on the People Working with Catalyse page. You can contact the Chair, or any member of the Executive. Perhaps approach someone who you already know. Or of course you can contact our administrator Frances Free.

Once we know your area of interest, we can have a discussion and plan some next steps. We would expect the person you have approached to take the offer to the Executive to discuss.

Yes I’m interested – what are the next steps?

Let us know your thoughts and interests and what you may be able to offer, for example:

If you think you have something to offer for one of the roles as they stand currently – e.g. “I’d really like to ask if I can do x”; “do you need anyone to …. “; “I recently did a CPD on y and I’d be happy to run it for Catalyse if you think it’d draw people”

If you have an idea or a project relevant to one of the workstreams e.g. “I work in a setting where I can see the potential of Personal Reformulations and there is some funding”; “would you help me to design … “. We’d discuss if you need support to do this alone, or need anything more, such as nurturing the idea with others.

If you have a skill or talent that you think we may need that isn’t obvious e.g. if you are an ex accountant and can help with finances; if you are good at technology or other services that you can see we need

Finally, if you are generally interested to work as part of a team in the way you can see Catalyse operates, and at some point you’d like to know if there is a niche for you

Then what may happen?

We are keen to hear from you. We need people with time and energy who are interested in working together. We would say what we can give and how things could develop and we’ll take it from there.  It may be that we can’t offer you opportunities to be involved at the moment. However if this is the case we’d hope to be able to make suggestions about steps along the way or other routes you might take with your enthusiasm and ideas.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Dawn Bennett & Glenys Parry, Joint Chairs of Catalyse∗

until August 2021 when Glenys Parry retired from her Executive role.  Sarah Littlejohn currently co-chairs with Dawn Bennett.