CAT as a Tool for Leadership ~ 8 October 2021

Past CPD Events

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

There is a waiting list for a repeat of this event. If you would like your name to be added so that you are notified of a future date, please contact us.

Event Hashtag:  #CATlead21

Date: Friday 8th October 2021
Time: 9:30am to 4:30pm
VenueRedbank House, Manchester M8 8QA
Fees:  ACAT member :: £125.00
non-ACAT member :: £140.00
(Lunch and refreshments will be included)

Overview of workshop:

This repeat of David Harvey’s one day workshop 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.  It used 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.

Some feedback from this event:

“It was really helpful that open discussion was encouraged and to hear about people’s issues and experiences.”

“I thought Dave was an absolutely brilliant trainer, he knew his stuff and was so calm and articulate in his delivery of the material. I really enjoyed the day and would recommend. He really connected with the participants and was so responsive to our needs. He was keen for us to apply it to our place of work and gave everyone space to share their views.”

“I really enjoyed David’s structure to the session – the slides and visual diagrams were really helpful in making sense of the content and to help mentalise complex systems/situations – and this was really nicely balanced by his warmth, accessibility and humour. I feel I have tangible diagrams that I can take away and utilize within my organization and I found the individual reflection time really valuable for applying the content – this made it more likely I will do something tangible with the training as it was personalized to me and my learning.”

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. 


David Harvey is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Cognitive Analytic Therapy Practitioner working in forensic inpatient and community services in Yorkshire. 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. This training day is a repeat of a successful CPD event in September 2020, and builds upon his stimulating and well-received workshop at the Catalyse 25 Years Celebratory Conference in 2019.


This workshop took place face-to-face in a spacious COVID-safe room at Redbank House.

Redbank House,
4 St.Chad’s Street,
M8 8QA