CAT Supervision workshop ~ 30 Nov & 1 Dec 2017

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ACAT accredited 2-day workshop in CAT Supervision + follow-up reflective group meeting

2-day workshop led by Deborah Pickvance and Sarah Littlejohn

Hashtag #CATsup17

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Some feedback from participants:

  • At this stage in my development as a supervisor, the course was entirely what I was hoping for, appropriately challenging with vignettes and well structure
  • ….for me the content is exactly what I needed but was not aware of!
  • I really enjoyed it all! I think the fact that it was a small group made it feel safe & containing. I really enjoyed the variety of exercises/role plays & found facilitators knowledgeable, approachable, encouraging etc
  • Good range of group exercises. Really liked the trainers modeling drawing out RR (reciprocal roles) at the very start and modeling supervisor/supervisee exchange.
  • Helpful working in same group (of) four as (built) trust to practice role play.
  • Great use of the whole group’s experience & the approach of Debby & Sarah – MKO’s (‘more knowledgeable others’) but also human, fallible etc.

Dates: 30th November 2017 and 1st December 2017 (+follow-up reflective group meeting)
Time: 9:30am to 5:00pm
Venue: Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, 84 Plymouth Grove, Manchester, M13 9LW
Fees:  £260.00

Outline of the Workshop

Catalyse offered this intensive 2-day Supervision Workshop for those who are in the process of becoming ACAT accredited Supervisors, those who are considering this step, or those wanting to improve their CAT supervision skills. For trainee supervisors it offered an ACAT-approved alternative to sitting-in with a senior supervisor and formed part of the formal ACAT training route – for details please visit the ACAT website here.  For those interested in exploring the possibility of beginning their CAT supervisor training it offered a chance to develop their relational supervisory competencies.

The training explored the relational approach to CAT supervision and challenges in the supervision relationship. The workshop focussed on key aspects of supervision: building a supervisory alliance, use of self, parallel process, working with process in the room, supervision of development of CAT tools, dynamics in supervision groups, enactments and ruptures in supervision and ethical issues.

Methods included mapping relational patterns common in supervision, experiential exercises, small group reflection, trainer skills demonstrations, role play, mapping of personal supervisory style and presentations by trainers on core ideas.

This course ran from 9.30am-5.00pm each day an concluded with a follow up reflective group to build on the learning and internalisation of the relational supervision skills.



Deborah Pickvance is a CAT psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer. Debby’s original training was in psychodynamic psychotherapy and she worked for 30 years in various settings and roles in the NHS, including managing a psychotherapy service in Manchester. Her roles in training have included being a member of the Catalyse Practitioner Training Group, a moderator of ACAT accredited training courses and a past chair of the ACAT Training Committee. She has wide experience of supervising trainees in CAT and mental health professionals. Her interest in supervision and an awareness of the lack of literature on CAT supervision led her to edit the new book on CAT supervision ‘Cognitive Analytic supervision: a relational approach’ (published by Routledge, 2016).

Sarah Littlejohn originally trained as an integrative psychotherapist and qualified as a CAT Practitioner in 2001. Sarah went on to be accredited as a CAT Psychotherapist, and is also an accredited supervisor and trainer.  She’s been a lead trainer for the Catalyse Practitioner Training for more than a decade and provides supervision for Practitioner Trainees and for IRRAPT trainees. Sarah runs introductory CAT workshops to a range of professionals each year. She has been a past chair of ACAT’s Training Committee and is currently chair of Catalyse Executive. She is particularly interested in how CAT provides a framework for the early formulation of complexity, and uses of the therapeutic relationship.