CAT Practitioner Training – 2022 intake

Are you planning to apply for the 2022 intake of the Catalyse two year Practitioner Training in Cognitive Analytic Therapy? If so, please note that the initial deadline for applications is just over a month away, on Friday 6th May. You can find all the information you need through this link to the course page. We look forward to receiving your applications, and to interviews on 24th June 2022.

We have been looking over feedback from recent cohorts on what the experience of training has been like. One which was shared with consent for use on our website was as follows:

“An excellent psychotherapy practitioner level course that transformed the way I practice psychological therapy; I feel better able to help the clients and patients I work with and also to accept the help I cannot give.” (2018-2020 cohort)

We were heartened by this reflection. Obviously we can’t guarantee this will be the experience for all; each trainee will take something different from the training experience. But we are looking forward to recommencing the course after a year’s gap and seeing what learning we co-create with members of the next cohort.

New CPD for 2022

As we start a new year, we have a couple of new CPD events on offer. We’ve also made some changes to where you’ll find them on our website.

In Conversation With Annie Nehmad: The New Psychotherapies and CAT ~ 3 March 2022

Firstly we’re really pleased that founding ACAT member Annie Nehmad is joining us for the first of what we hope will be a new series of ‘In Conversation With…‘ events. These aim to be accessible, affordable, and perhaps a little more informal and conversational than our typical full CPD days. We hope they will give space to significant voices in the CAT community, alongside those of participants. The format aims to encourage participants to share thoughts and develop ideas together.

The first of these will be online with Annie on Thursday 3 March, from 4 pm till 7 pm. She will share her understanding of new psychotherapies which have been in development in the last decade or so. She draws on the work of Dan Siegel, his theory around Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) and how this relates to trauma. She’ll go on to outline a range of new therapies including The Interpersonal Family Systems model (IFS), Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP), Coherence Therapy and Memory Reconsolidation. It’ll be a chance to learn from her overview, and how she situates CAT amongst these new developments and ideas.

Participants will be invited to share their own experience and expertise, their doubts and critiques, and their questions. Annie hopes that the event will be the part of an ongoing conversation within the CAT community about whether and what we might take from such developments to help inform the CAT model. Booking is now open at this link – https://catalyse.uk.com/cpd/in-conversation-with-annie-nehmad-3-march-2022/ – and we hope you can join us.

CAT as a Tool for Leadership with David Harvey ~ 5 May 2022

Our next CPD offering will be another chance to spend a day with David Harvey. He uses CAT’s MSSM model to help consider leadership in systems. David has run this day twice before in both online and face-to-face formats. Both days have been received with much enthusiasm by participants. His new day takes place face-to-face in Manchester on Thursday 5 May. Full details and booking options are available at this link – https://catalyse.uk.com/cpd/cat-as-a-tool-for-leadership-5-may-2022/

A few website changes too…

When you come to our website you might notice a couple of changes. As the Catalyse Sheffield Psychotherapy Practice is no longer in operation, it doesn’t appear on the menu any more. In its place is a new section solely for CPD events. We have separated these out from other Training courses, which now have a fresh green header. In the Training section you’ll find more information about the Practitioner Training and the Foundation route. You’ll also find here pages and trailers about the first set of Catalyse Training Films. The films support introductory, Foundation and Year 1 Practitioner training. In this section there are also links to other training courses we can offer. These include CAT Skills Case Management, CAT Supervision and introductory courses in CAT.

Looking forward to seeing you in two or even three dimensions in the spring, for more learning around cognitive analytic therapy.

Tell us your views on the Catalyse Training Films

* Deadline extended until the end of 2021 *

Have you shown the Catalyse Films as part of training you have delivered to others? We’d love to hear your views as part of an evaluation. You can complete our Trainers’ survey at https://s.surveyplanet.com/i0zitdcs – it just takes a few minutes to give your ratings and comments, and it’s anonymous. Please pass the link on to any other trainers who have had access to the films and supporting materials as part of your organisation’s subscription.

If you have viewed the films as a trainee or other learner we’d very much welcome your feedback too. You can complete our Learners’ survey at https://s.surveyplanet.com/5z59ko0l Again, this is very brief and anonymous.

Many thanks for your support.

November 2021 News

It’s been a while since we published a newsletter to update on new developments. At our recent Executive group meeting in November 2021 we thought we’d try updating more regularly on the blog. If you’re interested in following Catalyse activities this is another way to stay informed.

Practitioner Training

We made the decision to defer the next intake of the Practitioner Training until 2022. However this doesn’t seem to have made 2021 a less busy year. We’re pleased to have had a great deal of interest in the course already. The deadline for applications is May 6th next year and we look forward to checking our inbox then. Marisol Cavieres provided her final training day in October, and has now moved on from her tutor role after ten years of working with us. This makes way for trainer Jo Coggins to take on the tutor role for our new October 2022 intake, working alongside Kathyrn Pemberton who is the tutor for the 2021 cohort.

People

This year we’ve also had further additions in that David Harvey has joined us as an associate. Jenny Marshall has also joined and taken on a lead role for Personal Reformulations. Additionally, Cath Laverty has come on board in a Non-Executive Director role. Glenys Parry made the transition to a Non-Executive Director role after retiring from her Executive and Finance roles at the end of August. Her inimitable mix of wisdom, strategic precision, seemingly limitless practical skill, plus her warmth, irreverence and humour, have aided Catalyse since its inception. We miss her in our Executive meetings. However we’re pleased she’ll remain involved in a number of other ways. Alongside their practitioner training roles, Dawn Bennett and Sarah Littlejohn are now Co-Chairs of Catalyse and Dawn is Finance Director.

CPD

After a pandemic-related pause, four CPD events over the second half of this year have been well received. Our December event on Therapy for Parents and the Family Court Process is the most well-subscribed of the year, but there are still spaces if you wish to book on. David Harvey will be repeating his in-person CPD day on CAT as a Tool for Leadership on Thursday 5th May 2022. More details and booking options for this will be available soon.

CPD lead Jo Coggins is in touch with several colleagues about a number of other stimulating CPD days over the coming year. We’ve streamlined the CPD proposal process so that there is a bit less form-filling. Instead the process includes more conversation with Jo to begin developing a proposal. We hope this will help prospective presenters move from an idea to something firm. If you have chats with Jo on Zoom you may not spot her swapping a tentative pencil for a more confident pen. Have no doubt she will be working towards getting a definite date in the calendar. Then the website work gets properly underway and we can start to advertise your event.

Many of you completed our CPD survey earlier this year. In response, for 2022 we’re planning to offer a range of different events to suit different pockets and purposes. This includes a mix of face-to-face and online events, and we will share more details soon.

Catalyse Training Films

It’s just over a year since the Catalyse training films became available to stream. Vimeo recently informed us they have had over one thousand views. We’re about to launch a brief survey to ask more about the experience of those who have used them to date in training, or their own learning. Catalyse practitioner course trainees have direct access to them throughout training. Other CAT Practitioner training courses and Clinical Psychology courses have purchased subscriptions too, and some have also arranged for their trainees to have direct access at a small cost-per-head fee. Being able to watch the films at any time means that learners can use the materials more flexibly. In addition to viewing them direct during remote training days, they can also review them in their own time.

We didn’t really anticipate that individuals might want to subscribe to the films as a preparation for training in CAT. However we’ve discovered that there is some interest in this. As a result we’re reviewing the subscription costs to make it more possible for people to access them in this way. We’ll share details of new subscription arrangements shortly.

Training Films: Take Two

Not content with one series of materials, supporting initial skills development in cognitive analytic therapy, we are well underway with a second series. This is thanks to a generous donation from a charitable endowment fund by Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust. Their contribution is enabling Kathryn Pemberton and a small group of CAT colleagues to plan and produce a further five short films, in conjunction with Brickoven Media and a number of local CAT colleagues.

The first series is suitable for introductory and year 1 practitioner training. Using different fictional scenarios, this second series of films will demonstrate a range of situations presenting more complex therapeutic challenges. From countertransference and strong expressed emotions, to rupture linked to values and world-views, the films aim to demonstrate more advanced CAT skills and competences. Again they will not be striving to show ‘perfect’ clinical practice. Instead, they explore the richness of such therapeutic encounters and possible responses by CAT therapists. As learning resources we hope they will facilitate exploration, discussion and debate around more advanced CAT skills and competences.

The recent weekend of improvisation and filming at GMMH premises in Manchester deserves a blog in its own right. Until that emerges, you can see a few visual highlights and glimpses of therapists who kindly gave up parts of their Sundays to help us, on the #CatalyseFilms hashtag on Twitter. If you’re not on Twitter you can scroll back to view the Twitter feed here on the website.

Staying involved with Catalyse

As ever, we welcome approaches from ACAT-accredited CAT therapists across the North of England who would like to become involved in the work of Catalyse in some way. There are plenty of possibilities. You can read more about how to go about this in Dawn and Glenys’ guidelines here. And of course you can always contact us through our administrator Frances Free.