CAT diagram showing reciprocal role and procedure around research, with exit of coning to this research conference

Building Our Research Community Together in Manchester

Have you seen details of the research conference which we are running run jointly with ACAT?  This takes place on 13th April in Manchester. The title “Encouraging to Engaged” sets out what we intend it to do, through bringing together CAT peers to consider how we can all become more confident, skilled and active in relation to research. Manchester does of course have an international airport for easy connections with other countries where CAT has a presence.  Colleagues from beyond the UK are most welcome to attend too.

A range of research-active colleagues involved in psychotherapy and practice-based research, and already playing a part in building CAT’s evidence base, will present and share their experience as “more knowledgeable others”.  Small group work focussed around participants’ needs will provide thinking space, practical support and scaffolding to help us all feel more able to make use of CAT’s evidence base in our practice and to develop it further. It doesn’t matter what your starting point is in relation to research, there will be something for everyone on the day.  Further details of the programme will be available shortly. (Update February 2018 – full programme is now available as a download on the event page here.)

Of course it wouldn’t be a CAT event without a CAT angle on the process of engaging in research.  In addition to the playful map Alison Jenaway offered as an image to help promote the day, there’s a promise of more SDRs from presenters.  Perhaps Alison’s diagram has already prompted you to draft your own?

We very much hope you can join us in April to play a part in further building our research community and renewing ACAT’s research strategy together.

If you have any thoughts, questions, suggestions or discussion points in relation to the day, do please add them here, or on Twitter using the #CATres18 hashtag.  You can also use the members’ only Research Chatterbox on the ACAT site.  Perhaps we can get a conversation started in advance of the conference: we  certainly look forward to the conversations on the day.

You can find out more about the day and book a place by clicking on this link.  The early online booking rate of £95 applies until March 12th.  If you need anymore information or advice about accommodation options in Manchester, please contact us.

3 thoughts on “Building Our Research Community Together in Manchester

  1. I’m really looking forward to this day — hope to catch up with lots of CATs there, to hear about what’s happening and what we need to develop.

  2. Looking forward to hearing about people’s research work at the various stages of completion – the endeavours, the struggles and the triumphs!
    Also, looking forward to helping people think about what is possible in their work contexts …

  3. I’m really looking forward to this. There will be a handful of us North-East CATs in attendance. In the CAT Service in Newcastle, we have a remit to get involved in CAT research, and some enthusiasm. The question in my mind is how we can do something that has “extra value” in adding to the evidence base – i.e. not just what interests us, but something that makes a contribution to supporting the evidence base and the growth of CAT. For this, it feels like having an ACAT research strategy to relate to will be incredibly helpful so I’m excited about what will follow on from the conference.
    The other issue is, with my course directors’ hat on, how we might tie research in with the course e.g. about evaluating CAT outcomes as delivered by trainees.
    Look forward to meeting some other like minds in April

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