Category Archives: CAT Practitioner Training

September update – Practitioner Training

Thanks to all who submitted applications for our 2020 CAT Practitioner Training in time for the initial deadlines. Despite uncertain times we have received an unprecedented number of applicants. We have offered places but do need to delay the start of the course until January 2021. 

Please note that we are not taking further applications at this stage. However if spaces become available, we will consider further applications in the Autumn.

We do have an annual intake and plan to run again next year at our usual start date (ie October 2021) If this is delayed for a second year, we expect that further intake would commence by January 2022 at the latest.

If you require any further informaton, please contact us.

CAT-Curious DClinPsych Trainees?

If you are a trainee clinical psychologist and interested in finding out more about what CAT training involves, come along to our free Zoom event on Monday 3rd August.  This is the first of a direct and informal Q&A format for people who may interested in applying to the course at a future date.

Send your questions in advance or just ask at the time.  Sam Hartley, currently completing her CAT practitioner training, will share her perspectives and respond to your queries in the first half of this ninety minute session.  Dawn Bennett, course director, will join for the second half to answer any more specific questions about the course.

This is the first in a new open format for sharing more about what the training involves, for the ‘CAT-curious’.  We are limiting it this time round to one professional group, at an early stage in their clinical psychology careers.  If the format works well we may broaden this out or run other events for different professional groups at a later stage.

Read more and find out how to book at this page.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Further Update on Our Next CAT Practitioner Training Intake

Thanks to all who have submitted applications for our 2020 CAT Practitioner Training in time for the initial deadline of 8th May.  We have contacted all those who have applied, with the news that unfortunately the training will now be delayed until 2021. 

You can read a statement from Dawn Bennett, Course Director, in the download below.

practitioner-course-applicants-update-8-May-2020.docx

 

In this she outlines how the trainers’ group have considered pros and cons of an autumn 2020 start date.  However, on reflection, the preference is now to postpone the start date to Spring or Autumn of 2021 (date to be confirmed).

During this pause we plan to develop a range of new training materials.  These will include resources for blended learning, video based teaching materials, and supports for remote supervision and therapy.  We expect these are likely to form a greater part of future provision.  Our current cohorts will complete their training using these new materials and approaches.

Online interviews will go ahead as planned on 12th June for those who have already applied.

Please note that we welcome further applications for this intake.   We will arrange further interview dates in the summer.  If places remain, we may offer interviews again closer to the start of the course.

If you need any further information, then, as ever, do feel free to contact us.  We will of course update the website with any further updates.  You can follow us on Twitter – @CatalyseC – for pointers to news about this, and to stay connected with others in the CAT community.

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Offering CAT by Telephone and Video Conferencing

Over the last couple of months the Coronavirus situation has brought about many changes, challenges and adaptations for us all.  These include how services are offering  psychological therapies, including cognitive analytic therapy (CAT).  We have seen sweeping changes to therapy practice.  In other circumstances these may not have happened or may have evolved over a much longer period.

As a group of trainers we’re aware that the current circumstances will have had an impact on our practitioner trainees.  They may have had to pause training therapies, or deliver them over telephone or video platforms.

In addition to guidance provided by ACAT to its trainee and qualified members, we also wanted to provide some guidance. Steve Kellett and Dawn Bennett have therefore developed a presentation – Offering CAT by telephone and video conferencing – some principles for CATs & CAT Practitioner trainees – which has been shared with our practitioner trainees and their supervisors.  It includes some considerations for remote working which are specific to the relational nature of the CAT model.  To date feedback has been encouraging, and we hope to build on it further.

We are offering it more widely and you are welcome to download a copy.  Please note the copy below is an updated version which has been developed further in response to feedback.  This version includes reflective exercises to aid learning and application in your own context.

Catalyse-Key-principles-for-CAT-Remote-therapy-updated.pdf

 

Steve Kellett has also produced a version of the presentation with a commentary.  You can can watch this at the link below:

https://digitalmedia.sheffield.ac.uk/media/Kaltura+Capture+recording+-+May+4th+2020%2C+10A12A10+am/1_t0f9dna5

We would be very pleased to hear from you with any feedback or suggestions on how this could be developed further.  Prior to current coronavirus restrictions, we’d planned to run a CPD day on Digital CAT in the summer.  We hope to rearrange this day either as a face to face event or an online version.  Your feedback about this guidance will help us to plan the content of that day more closely in line with your experience and needs.  So we look forward to hearing more from you.

To share your feedback, to express an interest in our forthcoming CPD event, or to join our mailing list so you can stay informed of this and other Catalyse events,  contact Catalyse through our administrator Frances Free, or by clicking on this link.