CAT as a Tool for Leadership ~ 7 September 2023

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Cognitive Analytic Therapy as a Tool for Leadership

A one day workshop led by David Harvey, Cognitive Analytic Therapist and Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Event Hashtag:  #CATlead23

Date: Thursday 7th September 2023
Time: 9:30am to 4:30pm
Venue:  Holyoake House, Manchester
Fees:  ACAT member :: £125.00
non-ACAT member :: £140.00
(Lunch and refreshments included)

Overview of workshop:

This was a further run of David Harvey’s one day workshop on how CAT concepts can be usefully adapted and applied in a leadership context. David introduced participants to the CAT understanding of trauma (using the Multiple Self States Model) with a view to applying this as a tool for leadership with systems and teams.  He uses cognitive analytic therapy ideas to conceptualise the overwhelming challenges that teams face when working with people with complex presentations and high levels of risk.  The day explored and shared applications of the model to help guide action and leadership in such contexts.

All attendees receive an attendance certificate following the event, for their CPD records.

Aims and learning outcomes:

Participants had an opportunity to:

  • consider how teams and systems respond to emotional and organisational pressures in ways that inadvertently mirror trauma responses
  • explore how ‘traumatised system behaviour’ can disrupt effective team working, block pathways through services, delay discharge, impair coordinated care and threaten partnership and multi-agency working
  • apply the CAT model of trauma to conceptualise these system problems, generate responses that minimise their impact, and so improve service user care and public protection
  •  consider how staff and team care can be enhanced by using this model.

Who was it for?

This event was relevant for all professionals tasked with leading or influencing other colleagues, teams or systems supporting service users with complex needs and/or high risks. 

Some feedback from previous runs of this event:

“David was a really engaging speaker who incorporated our examples & questions into the content really well. Relating leadership to working with traumatised teams was especially pertinent to my work & made the course very practically useful as well as being theoretically interesting. It was also a really useful opportunity to meet with others and not feel as isolated when hearing the experiences of others. Containing and inspiring.”

True insight and expertise into the reality of the NHS, without trying to find magical solutions or just giving up. Very competently delivered, with a breath of exercises from teaching, wide group discussion, and smaller group discussion.

“One of the few teachings that recognises the reality of our day to day work, and proposes realistic strategies to support a traumatized system.”


David Harvey is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Cognitive Analytic Therapy Practitioner working firstly in forensic inpatient and community services in Yorkshire. More recently he has moved to Gibraltar to develop psychological services there. He has worked for over fifteen years in services supporting people with complex mental health needs, who may pose a risk of harm to others or themselves.  This includes work with the NHS, Probation, Courts, Children’s Services and Prisons.

He has a particular interest in how clinical presentations that challenge services, such as those likely to attract  diagnosis of ‘Personality Disorder’, can disrupt effective working and proportionate risk management by professionals, services and organisations having to manage their own powerful emotional reactions to the work. David has become increasingly attracted to the idea that the application of psychological theory, including CAT, outside of the therapy room may be one way in which the multiple and complex needs of many stakeholders can be considered and carefully balanced.

He has taught on these subjects for local postgraduate courses and has written a chapter on the topic in the forthcoming Oxford Handbook Of Cognitive Analytic Therapy. This training day is a repeat of several very well-received training days run over the last three years, including both open events through our CPD programme and tailored days for NHS Trusts.


Holyoake House, Hanover Street, Manchester, M60 0AS

Please see download below for travel & parking info at Holyoake House