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What State Are We In? All ready for Cafe CAT

This Wednesday, 11th October, will see the first of our new evening Café CAT events taking place at Z-arts in Hulme, Manchester.  This is an open meeting with a focus on informal CPD and networking for the CAT community in the north.

Clive Turpin will lead the first meeting, introducing the topic of:

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

Bring along your thoughts, pens, paper, and of course your states of mind, for an evening of connecting, conversation and mapping.  If you have any favourite papers or resources on the topic that you think will be helpful to share, you can bring them along on the night or leave a comment below.

Entry costs £5 on the door, to cover costs.  We’ll start at 6.15pm and end at 8.15pm.  Please arrive in good time to be with us for the start, when Clive will share some initial thoughts on the topic.

There will be a bar and light snacks available to purchase.  Details of how to find the venue are available here.  There is on-street parking for which there’s no charge after 6 pm.

We hope that others within the local CAT community will get involved in suggesting topics or leading future Café CAT meetings in Manchester or further afield.  So please come along or contact us if you’d like to be involved further.


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Therapist Opportunity with Pathways Northwest

Pathways Northwest are currently advertising a therapist post  to work into their Aaban Project.  One of our practitioner trainees, Kate Portman, has asked us to bring this opportunity to the attention of the Catalyse community in the north. 

Please direct any further enquiries to Kate or her colleagues at Pathways Northwest.

Pathways Northwest invites applications for a Principal Psychologist or other psychological therapist to lead on the service development and provision of psychological care and treatment in a purpose built, high quality and specialist, female-only, personality-disorder treatment and rehabilitation facility in East Lancashire.

Within the context of a Dialectic Behaviour Therapy-led model of care, we would like a dynamic individual to join our MDT. A motivated and compassionate individual will lead service provision and development as well as undertake comprehensive assessments, deliver formulations and individual and group therapies. The role also includes supporting psychological assessment and therapy provided by other therapists in the service.

Salary and benefits will be relevant to experience. Training in DBT can be provided to the successful applicant and we are interested to hear from individuals with a wide range of therapeutic models and skills. Application should be made via a standard application form with a supporting letter. Application forms can be obtained from and receipt will be acknowledged by email. Interviews will be held in East Lancashire.

A detailed job description is available to download below.

For further information please contact our Clinical Lead or Business Development Manager 


Project Manager Opportunity

We invite you to apply for a temporary Project Manager position to lead an exciting new Catalyse project.

Catalyse want to produce a series of training DVDs and resources that we can use on our accredited trainings in Cognitive Analytic Therapy,  including introductory workshops, CAT skills training and Practitioner training.  These will  illustrate the competencies in the C-CAT measure of CAT competence.

You may have skills or a background in media/marketing/drama as well as your therapeutic profession? You may bring experience of eLearning or other expertise? You may be a CAT therapist excited and thrilled by this opportunity?

Key aspects of the role would include:

  • Liaising with the CAT course trainers and Catalyse Exec to work up scenarios based on real clinical examples
  • Developing a clear sense of the learning/discussion points and creating text with input from the trainers
  • Sourcing and auditioning actors or vetting those offered by the production company
  • Planning the storyboard for one film
  • Working with the production company to film and evaluate a ‘taster’ production
  • Moving on to the task of co-creating up to 20 skills demonstrations

We envisage funding you to work one day a week for three months in the first instance (or flexibly to suit) on a daily rate of £300 per day. The project may expand. Refining the job role would be part of the early stages of this post.

Apply! – Closing date for applications Friday 8th September 5pm

Please submit a brief CV and a personal supportive statement of up to 750 words to say why you are interested in this post and what you feel you can bring. Please send your application to Frances Free –


Demonstrating Versatile CAT in Forensic Settings

Catalyse Executive member Dr Karen Shannon has recently co-authored a chapter with CAT colleague Philip Pollock in Routledge’s “Individual Psychological Therapies in Forensic Settings: Research & Practice” edited by Jason Davies & Claire Nagi.  Cognitive Analytic Therapy is one of eight therapies featured.  Other models include ACT, CBT, CFT, EMDR, MBT, Personal Construct Psychotherapy, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and Schema Therapy.

A common chapter framework in the first part of the book compares and contrasts different therapies.  The second part of the book includes chapters on groupwork as an adjunct to individual therapy, ethics, supervision, and selection of therapies and therapists.

The editors note in their foreword that the chapter describes CAT as individual therapy for those whom services can find hard to help.  Moreover, they note how Karen and Philip describe CAT as “an explicit framework to inform staff/team/system care and risk management”Karen is pleased about this acknowledgement of the multipurpose and versatile nature of CAT.  She hopes readers can glean not only what CAT offers as an individual therapy in forensic settings but also how to use it as a broader model to inform care.

Inspection copies are available on application to the publisher by those working within academic institutions considering use of the text within their courses.

You can see more details about the book at this link.

Dr Karen Shannon is a member of Catalyse Executive.  She has several roles including leading on CAT Skills Training, contributing to teaching on our Practitioner Training course, and she also leads our CPD programme.  She and Dr Kerry Manson will be offering a CPD day in 2018 (date and details to be confirmed) on Working with Complexity & Risk: Application of CAT to those who pose a risk of harm to others.  This was previously run with ACAT in February 2017 (see details here.)