Café CAT

Introducing Café CAT


Hashtag:  #CafeCatalyse

An exciting new event, Café CAT, has been organised by Catalyse following conversations started at the Projects Forum to run an evening CPD event.

We are really pleased to announce that we have now established a programme of two confirmed events in 2017 with others in the pipeline and hope this will become a regular feature.

Our first Café CAT took place on 11th October and was led by CAT psychotherapist and supervisor Clive Turpin.  The group that gathered included CAT practitioners,  CAT psychotherapists, some just starting practitioner training, some about to complete it, and another psychological therapist who’d undertaken a placement using CAT during clinical psychology training.

Clive started off a conversation on the topic:

  • What state are we in? Reviewing how states are incorporated into maps and our work

You can read more about the meeting at Vikki Aadahl and Lucinda Bolger’s blog here, and also on the Twitter hashtag #CafeCatalyse.

Our next Café CAT gathering takes place early in 2018 and will also be led by Clive Turpin.

  • Exploring CAT tools, what’s kept post training?
    ::  Wednesday 24th January 2018 from 6.15pm to 8.15pm

We hope this will be an opportunity to bring, share and reflect together on standard CAT tools and how we may have adapted and tailored them to work best for ourselves, those we practise CAT with, and our work contexts,

The venue is Z-arts Centre, 335 Stretford Rd, Hulme, Manchester, M15 5ZA (directions available here)

Cost: £5 (payable on the night)

The format is similar to that developed by Cafe Psychologique, of an open conversation about a topic or theme.  What is slightly different is that the person opening will lead the session and hold the frame for the evening, similar to the skills lab approach adopted at the Projects Forum. There will be a brief introduction to the title/theme and encouragement from the group to share understanding, experience and knowledge whilst developing the conversation on the theme and issues that might arise.

Café CAT is an open event, but as we will be exploring different aspects of the model, a basic understanding of CAT would be beneficial.

We intend to run these events in other locations such as Sheffield and possibly North Manchester. If you are interested in leading an event and running it in your local area, let us know so we can support you in organising this.

Future titles are to be negotiated, but could include:

  • Establishing exits and incorporating healthy roles
  • My CAT, your CAT: Exploring difference within a shared framework
  • Whose letter is it? Reformulation and Goodbye letters, who do they belong to?

We hope that as Café CAT becomes more established, future sessions will be led by others from within the local CAT community.  We welcome your ideas, suggestions and offers! We can provide a small fee to facilitators for leading a discussion and could offer other administrative support if required.

Looking forward to seeing you there.  There’s no need to book a place; just come along on the night.  For information, drinks and light bar snacks will be available to purchase at the Z-arts bar.

For further information, contact Frances Free or Clive Turpin via this link.