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25 Years Conference – provisional outline now available

Provisional details of our celebratory 25 years conference on 17 May 2019 are now available and booking is open.  We’re looking ahead to May and already imagining the leafy surrounds of our venue, Chancellors Hotel and Conference Centre in Manchester’s spring sunshine.  Some beech leaves have even crept onto the flyer describing what’s included on the day.  You can download the provisional outline from the event page here

Thanks to all the many colleagues who have offered to present, sharing how they have developed CAT in their practice and services since training with us as CAT Practitioners.  Organisers Mark Evans and Dawn Bennett are busy pinning down finer details of workshops, keynote presentations, posters and more.  We will announce more of the content in the weeks ahead.

We hope you will join the course team alongside many colleagues across the North and  beyond for a full and stimulating day.  We also invite you to stay for the evening which includes a drinks reception, evening meal and entertainments.

For more details and to book a place on the 25 Years of CAT Training in the North conference , click on the link here.  You can also follow tweets about the day on Twitter using the hashtag #CAT25conf

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Café CAT – reflections so far and plans for 2019

Join us for our next Café CAT meeting which takes place on Wednesday 30th January at a new Manchester city centre venue between 6.15 and 8.15 pm. The theme is Hope.

Café CAT has met four times since October 2017 as a forum for peer contact, particularly for graduates from our practitioner training who wish to maintain cognitive analytic therapy (CAT) networks. A CAT focus to the meetings provides a form of continuing professional development (CPD) for local therapists. It also functions as an “open door” for CAT in the north for people curious about CAT training at a future point. We were interested in whether and how Café CAT met these aims, and the results of our recent survey are summarised below.

In the meantime, we invite you to the first Café CAT meeting of 2019 on Wednesday 30th January, 6.15 to 8.15 pm in a new venue, the Salutation Pub in Manchester city centre. It’s a new year and a new venue so it feels apt to consider the topic of hope. Feeling a bit disheartened by the state of the things in the world currently, and wanting to free ourselves from the winter doldrums, our exit was to start the year focusing on something to lift spirits.

Rhona Brown will start off a CAT-leaning conversation at this Café meeting. Do come along if you can to be part of this conversation, and bring your own thoughts on hope. What helps us find it, or lose it? How do we communicate hope in therapy? What CAT concepts or approaches help us to mobilise this precious resource for psychological survival? You’re welcome to bring and share anything that helps connect you to a sense of hope.

The Salutation Pub serves food until 9 pm. We very much hope you can join us. There’s no need to book, just come along. Entry is £5 on the door and we have sole use of the upstairs room.

Café CAT survey – is it a useful forum?

We were interested to know what those attending any of our four Cafés made of it, but also what obstacles there were in coming along. Is this a valuable addition to events for the CAT community in the north and is this how you might like it to develop? We were also keen to invite people to get more involved so that Café CAT could become more peer-led and self-sustaining. We ran an online survey between July and September 2018. Thanks to all fifty-three people who completed this.

Who did we hear from?

Two thirds of respondents were trained to at least CAT practitioner level, and a sizeable minority were practitioner trainees. Around half of respondents were clinical psychologists with a spread of other core professions.

Why did people come and what did they get from meetings?

The strongest themes emerging from responses related to the value of connecting with CAT and CAT peers, networking and CPD. Most of this group valued learning about CAT and the informal format, although a minority wanted a bit more structure, or materials shared in advance as a way to prepare.

Why did some people not come along?

For many of those who were interested but hadn’t yet attended, the timing and location of meetings were obstacles. People expressed various preferences about either an earlier meeting during work hours, or a later evening meeting allowing for easier travel after work. However there was no consistent message to help guide a definite change. Some people asked for more advance notice or different ways to advertise the meetings.

Location

There were a number of suggestions for new geographical locations in the north where Café CAT could happen, including Liverpool and Sheffield. We were pleased to hear some respondents’ enthusiasm to have Café-style meetings in more distant locations like London, Brighton and Wales, although obviously this would be way beyond the Catalyse remit.

Topics and leaders

One or two suggestions were made for issue-based topics but unfortunately no volunteers came forward to lead a future session. We concluded that those within the northern CAT communities may be a shy and/or a very busy lot.

What did we conclude?

  • To explore different venues in Manchester, especially ones offering food and refreshments. We thought a more central venue might make for easier travel by public transport.
  • To experiment a little with the structure of the meeting, perhaps opening up topics to broader issues and encouraging a diversity of people to lead.
  • To arrange and advertise dates well in advance
  • Planning ahead is most possible if we can identify volunteers willing to start off the meeting with their perspective on a topic of particular interest. Volunteers please!
  • We can pay Café ‘leaders’ £40 for their preparation time and initial direction at meetings. There will always be members of the Catalyse group present to help you along and CliveTurpin who coordinates this strand of work is always happy to support and keep the conversation flowing.
  • To advertise more widely to reach everyone, via NWPPN, plus local core training courses such as clinical and counselling psychology doctorates. If you have contacts with other networks (eg psychiatry trainees, therapeutically minded GPs, social workers, etc) please do share flyers or point them to our website.
  • There’s no reason why CAT colleagues in the north can’t set up their own regular local meetings outside of Manchester. We could provide support and mentoring for this, but local meetings don’t have to be under the Catalyse/Café CAT umbrella. You might have ideas about how informal CPD and networking will work best in your own context. Several models exist, including regional ACAT groups, Collaborate CATchup meetings in Cambridge, and CAT Cumbria meetings in the Lakes.

Next steps

So for the start of 2019 we will make some of these changes and very much hope that you will join us on the 30th. Further plans for Cafe CAT in 2019 will be agreed in January and we welcome any further feedback on the timing and choice of venue as well as what may make it something of value for you. We’d especially like to hear from anyone with a topic they’d like to share and explore with a group of colleagues. Consider leading a future conversation.

For more information about Café CAT, check out the hashtag #CafeCatalyse on Twitter, take a look at the page at this link, or read Clive Turpin’s last blog about it – Cafe CAT:the Story So Far

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Journeying Together: A Second CAT Research Conference

Plans for a second research conference hosted jointly between ourselves and ACAT have now come to fruition.  ACAT is leading on the organisation of this second event – The Research Journey From Start To Finish: Motivating-to-Motivated – which takes place in London on 1 March 2019.  Again this conference aims to bring together people interested in hearing about and developing the evidence base for cognitive analytic therapy.

You’ll be welcome to attend whether you want to gain an update on current and future research in CAT, make connections and develop your research networks, or get support in developing your own research ideas.  Those with roles supporting the research activity of others are also most welcome to attend.  This could be a useful day to attend if you are a research tutor or supervisor on a core professional training.  Similarly if you have responsibility for supporting psychotherapy research activity within a  mental health or learning disabilities trust, you may make helpful connections.

The theme of a research journey was present throughout last year’s conference.  People shared stories of projects at different points along the way and reflected on what had helped or hindered them complete different stages. Alison Jenaway’s guest blog about the 2018 conference tells you more about that day.

When thinking about an image to help promote the 2019 event, we liked the metaphor of migrating geese.  Apparently they fly together to help reduce air-drag and conserve energy.  Different flock members move in and out of the front position depending on who has energy and resources to lead.   Of course following is as important as leading in this context.  We share a direction and learn from each other.  As peers we can reciprocally motivate with helpful “honking” in order to keep up a pace.

Of course none of this precludes solo flyers who want to take their own direction.  After all, would CAT ever have developed without a bit of independent thinking?

We’re not content, of course, with merely developing a metaphor or an understanding of relational processes in research.  As with the CAT model, some action is expected and encouraged.  To support concrete action getting “off the ground”, this year ACAT is offering three free places for people planning a project on CAT.

To be considered for one of these places, you’re invited to share a maximum 2000 word outline of a realistic project you can take forward, complete and publish. This should include:

  • Your main research question
  • Why it is important
  • The method you are planning to use to answer it
  • Any previous work or publications that you would be building on
  • The next steps you intend to take to get the project off the ground

The deadline for submissions is 10 January 2019.  If you’re successful we may be able to match you with a mentor from within the CAT community or related networks.  We will of course welcome you back to present at a future CAT research conference.

Whether or not you wish to apply for a free place, you can get some inspiration from the list of presentations lined up for the day, offered by Stephen Taylor, Barney Dunn, Steve Kellett, Steve Jefferis, Liza Messing and Samantha Hartley.   Topics include integrative models for nurse supervision, learning from research into other therapies, making use of data on CAT in IAPT, qualitative research into mapping, group interventions, and coproduction with young people around brief therapy for self harm.

You can also follow the hashtag #CATres19, and add to it with any queries and comments. Please also feel free to share any links or resources you think may be useful in the run up to the conference.

We look forward to seeing you there.

For more details and to book your place at the conference – The Research Journey From Start To Finish: Motivating-to-Motivated – visit ACAT’s event page at this link

 

 

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Inviting Applications for a Lead for our Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Programme

Are you interested in leading our Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme as a member of the Catalyse Executive group? Then read on:

Catalyse is a not-for-profit social enterprise offering training, therapy and consultancy through a network of experienced therapists and trainers based across the North of England. We have developed as an organisation through a core group of colleagues working together for over twenty years since setting up the first North of England CAT Practitioner course. Catalyse functions in an open and accountable way and is overseen by an Executive Committee who agree direction and priorities, and co-ordinate Catalyse activities, on which particular Executive members lead. In addition, a larger network of Catalyse Associates provide services.

We need a CAT trained therapist to lead and develop the organisation of our CPD programme of events across the North.

Key aspects of the CPD lead role include:

  • liaising with the CAT community to generate needs and ideas;
  • including strategic thinking with the course team for a programme of consolidation events for post practitioner training;
  • liaising with presenters and carrying through the planning, costing, advertising, delivery and evaluation of the programme with administrative support.

As CPD lead you would be a full member of the Catalyse Executive contributing to the broader aims of Catalyse which has work streams delivering the CAT Practitioner course; Personal Reformulations for CAT Skills and Foundation courses and other professionals, Sheffield CAT Psychotherapy Practice; varied bespoke Projects in CAT teaching, research and evaluation; Café CAT and a new work-stream in Organisational Consultancy.

We are hoping to recruit someone who has good interpersonal skills, is collaborative and responsive, who works well in a group and who wants to contribute to CAT developments in the North.

Interested?

The CPD lead role does require flexible working of approximately 30 hours over a year and attendance at meetings and email to support the business of the Executive. See role description (download below) for more information.

Apply?

Closing date for applications is Friday 14th September, 5pm

Please submit the application form (download below), a brief CV and a personal supportive statement of up to 750 words to say why you are interested in this role and what you feel you can bring to the future of CAT in the North.

Please send your application to Kathryn Webb preferably by email to kathryn@catalyse.uk.com

CPD Lead Downloads

Catalyse-CPD-Lead-Advert.pdf

 

CPD-lead-role-description.docx

 

Catalyse-CPD-Application-Form-2018.doc