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.