Something to Celebrate: What’s Grown from CAT Practitioner Training in the North

This page lists publications, events and reflections which have been shared, as something to celebrate, by graduates from our CAT Practitioner Training course over the last twenty-five years.

The page is set up as a way to collate such resources as part of our celebratory conference held on 17 May 2019 – see more details about the day by clicking on this link.

You can also check tweets about these materials under the hashtag #CAT25celebrate

The hashtag for the conference itself is #CAT25conf


“…belonging to a community of like minded people who inspire, encourage and challenge me to keep growing and developing and how wonderful and unique that is….”

“Supervising CAT trainees and providing CAT training therapies over the last decade – it has been a pleasure to be alongside the next generation as they become CAT therapists.  I’ve witnessed a growing relational awareness and the ability and skills to connect with others in distress.  CAT encourages self-reflection, offers emotional and dynamic understanding and the possibility of change for all of us.” (Kath Sykes)

“The connections I made with peers as I was training, supervisors (some of whom are now colleagues), and others in the CAT world I’ve since rubbed shoulders with, have been really valuable in lots of ways – personally and professionally.  Training with the course helped me be part of networks that have really helped my work and sustained me through the choppy seas of NHS reorganisations etc.”

“What I learned has helped me think when times are tough, organisationally and clinically.  It’s helped massively in my therapeutic work – I feel I can give back a bit to my clients and supervisees some  of the ‘nourishment’ the course gave me.”

“It started with a conversation about what CAT was, and I was drawn (!) in by reciprocal roles and mapping. What followed was practitioner, psychotherapy and supervisor training, running workshops and furthering the scope and awareness of personal reformulations.
I think it’s fair to say I’ve found my therapy ‘fit’.” (Clive Turpin)

“Mapping’s been a real gift for all sorts of purposes.”


Daykin, A. and Wildman, M. (2016).  ACAT Conference 2016: ‘Resilience in the Face of Change’ Reflections on our experience organising the conference at the University of Exeter.  Reformulation, 47, 35-36.

Kellett, S., Ghag, J., Ackroyd, K., Freshwater, K., Finch, J., Freear, A., Hartley, J., & Simmonds-Buckley,M. (2019) Delivering cognitive analytic consultancy to community mental health teams: Initial practice‐based evidence from a multi‐site evaluation.Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory Research and Practice
(Open Access)

McNeil, E 2019. Blog about A Relational Approach to Recovery at Liverpool and Sefton YMCA

Shannon, K. Butler, S., Ellis, C. McLaine, J. and Riley, J. (2016) Use of Cognitive Analytic Concepts: A relational framework for organisational service delivery and working with clients with multiple complex needs at the Liverpool YMCA. Reformulation Issue 47, Winter, pp 2-12.

Shannon, K. Butler, S., Ellis, C. McLaine, J. and Riley, J. (2017) ‘Seeing the unseen’ – Using Cognitive Analytic concepts to enhance service delivery at YMCA Liverpool to support organisational and team working with multiple complex clients. Reformulation Issue 48, Summer.

Turpin, C., Adu-White, D., Barnes, P., Chalmers-Woods, R., Delisser, C., Dudley, J. & Mesbahi, M., 2011. What are the important ingredients of a CAT goodbye letter?. Reformulation, Winter, pp.30-31.

Turpin, C. 2019  Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) and Psychodynamic Interpersonal Therapy.  Chapter 8, pp 113 – 120 in S Parry (ed) The Handbook of Brief Therapies: a practical guide. Sage

Walker, T., Shaw J., Hamilton, L., Turpin, C., Reid, C., & Abel, K. 2017 “Coping with the job”: prison staff responding to self harm in three English female prisons: a qualitative study.  Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology , published online 12 June 2017, pp 1-14


Brown, R and Sykes, K. (2012) ‘Diagrams, difference, culture and identity – a skills based workshop to explore mapping’ – 7th July, 19th Annual ACAT Conference, Manchester (preceded by a practice version with many keen colleagues, in the group room at Macartney House, Harpurhey, during a heatwave.  The initial workshop came complete with a range of South Asian spices, chips and vinegar, in addition to sounds of Manchester music….)

Daykin, A., and Compton-Dickinson, S. (2008).  Workshop: ‘Intrapsychic terror: making an impact with mindfulness and cognitive analytic music therapy’. The International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy conference: Security and Terror – A State of Mind.  San Servolo, Venice, Italy, 10th -12th April 2008.

Daykin, A., Sykes, K., and Wildman, M. (2015).  Workshop: ‘CAT in our Time’. International Cognitive Analytic Therapy Association conference, Patros, Greece, 24th September – 27th September 2015.

Daykin, A. (2016).   Symposium: ‘Traumatic attachments & re-enactments: CAT’s contribution to understanding Anti-Social Personality Disorder in a forensic setting’.  The International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy conference:  Families: how to survive them – or not – an analysis of the dangerous family and societal response.  Ghent, Belgium, 8th – 10th April 2016.

Jones, L., Daykin, A., and Barrow, A, (2010).    Paper: ‘Reconstructing the index offence: the use of (re)formulation as narrative’. The International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy conference: Tales of Transgression – Narratives in Forensic Psychotherapy. Keble College, Oxford, 25th – 27th March 2010

To submit materials to be listed on this page, please contact the Catalyse administrator Frances Free.