In addition to being a therapy which people do, CAT is a clinical and managerial framework which people use for a wide range of work. It can be used for consultation, for an extended assessment, for team development, for improving communications skills or for resolving difficulties in teams. It has been used to improve communication skills, manage challenging behaviour, develop therapeutic understanding and improve ward climate with in-patient teams. It has value as a general language for supervision and case discussion with multi-professional teams.
Catalyse associates include experienced trainers and consultants who can negotiate particular applications of CAT to develop team and organisational effectiveness, enhance existing work, or design and develop new aspects of service delivery.
CAT is a versatile approach to psychological and relational understanding. A distinctive mix of applications and developmental goals can be developed which are unique to each setting or organisation. A common working principle is to combine an external CAT consultant with one or more in house consultants. Service level agreements are a potential and helpful second stage of a consultancy or training programme of work.
If you have an idea that we might help with, or training and skills that you would like developed in your team, please contact us.
Research & Evaluation
Catalyse associates also include experienced researchers who can be commissioned to support or develop small or large-scale projects, offer advice on project evaluation, or provide routine service audit.
As an example, we conducted an evaluation of a CAT Case Management approach being used within the Liverpool Waves of Hope project led by Plus Dane Housing. This project was funded through the Big Lottery and supported people with multiple and complex needs. Dr Karen Shannon and Professor Glenys Parry presented on this evaluation at the Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR) conference in September 2017.
We were also pleased to collaborate with ACAT in offering two joint research conferences on 13 April 2018 – Encouraging to Engaged – A One Day Conference for CAT Practitioners. and on 1 March the following year – The Research Journey From Start to Finish – Motivating-to-Motivated.
These events brought together a host of active CAT researchers to share their work with others in the CAT community and provided opportunities for participants to build skills and confidence in research. ACAT chair Alison Jenaway wrote a blog reflecting on the first joint research conference: read Alison’s blog here.
If you want to discuss ways in which we can support research, evaluation and audit in your organisation, contact us for further details.