CAT Supervisor Training Workshop ~ 30 November and 1 December 2023

Past Catalyse Event

ACAT accredited 2-day workshop in CAT Supervisor Training plus follow-up reflective group meeting (Module 2 of ACAT’s Accredited Supervisor Training Pathway)

A two-day workshop led by Mark Evans and Sarah Littlejohn

Hashtag: #CATsup23

Dates: 30th Nov and 1st December 2023 (plus follow-up reflective group meeting)
Time: 9:30am to 5:00pm
Venue: Holyoake House, Manchester M60 OAS
Fees: ACAT member :: £275.00
non-ACAT member :: £290.00 NB please see details below about ACAT membership and ACAT Accredited Training

The fee included lunch and refreshments.

Overview of workshop

This training iw particularly designed for CAT Practitioners or CAT Psychotherapists thinking of training in supervision in order to become an ACAT Accredited Supervisor. It fulfils Module 2 of the ACAT Supervisor Training pathway. The workshop was also a valuable opportunity for experienced CAT supervisors to look more intensively at their own practice as part of their own CPD.

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

ACAT Accredited Modular Supervisor Training

The usual pathway for training as a CAT supervisor is that you are:

  • an accredited CAT Practitioner or a CAT Psychotherapist
  • a current member of ACAT
  • You have completed 16 CAT cases under supervision, including 8 CAT practitioner training cases and 8 cases completed post accreditation. These cases will normally have been seen within the three years prior to application for supervisor training.
  • You have prior experience of offering clinical supervision.

On meeting the criteria to begin training, you apply outlining your experience, personal learning objectives and a proposal as to how you will meet these. Once approved, the training follows an apprenticeship model in which Apprentice Supervisors work closely with a Senior Supervisor to work through their training pathway. This workshop is Module 2, a mandatory component to be completed before running your own supervision group.

Full details of CAT Supervisor Training can be found at this ACAT website link:

What does the training include?

The training offered an opportunity to develop relational supervisory competencies. It drew on Deborah Pickvance’s book ‘CAT supervision: a relational approach’ (Routledge, 2016). This  explores the relational approach to CAT supervision and challenges in the supervision relationship.

The training 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, with experiential exercises, and small group reflection. The trainers presented on core ideas and demonstrated skills. There was opportunity for role play, and mapping of personal supervisory style.

This course concludes with a follow-up reflective group to build on the learning and internalisation of the relational supervision skills. Participants agree a date for this collectively.

Who was the workshop for?

  • CAT practitioners, or those nearing completion of practitioner training
  • Those considering, or working towards completion of, training to become an ACAT-accredited supervisor
  • Experienced CAT supervisors wishing to refine their skills and practice

Please note that any CAT work that is used as part of an ACAT accredited training needs to have been completed whilst you are an ACAT member as this indicates abiding by ACAT ethics and CPD policies. This applies to the work conducted as entry to apply (e.g. the additional 8 cases). Attendance at this workshop will only support progression through the CAT supervisor training pathway if you are an ACAT member. You can apply to rejoin ACAT if you are no longer a member.

Some feedback from the last run of this event (November 2022)

“Time to think through issues, refresh and consolidate learning; exercises were well thought through – speed supervision & mock group supervision – both facilitators were excellent – time with CAT community & peers.”


Mark Evans originally trained as a general practitioner before qualifying as a psychiatrist, then a consultant medical psychotherapist. Subsequently, he completed training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and then became a CAT psychotherapist in 2000. Mark has supervised trainees with a variety of experience and backgrounds, including for CAT practitioner training, for over twenty years. Alongside this, he was a principle trainer for Catalyse until 2020. He has a particular interest in CAT applications of the ‘Zone of Proximal Development’ (including in supervision). Mark completed a randomised controlled trial of CAT with bipolar disorder which was published in 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 a lead trainer for the Catalyse Practitioner Training and provides supervision for Practitioner trainees and others working with CAT. She has been a past chair of ACAT’s Training Committee and is currently co-chair of the Catalyse Executive. She is particularly interested in how CAT provides a framework for the early formulation of complexity, and uses of the therapeutic relationship.


The two-day workshop took place at Holyoake House, Hanover Street, Manchester, M60 0AS.

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

The follow-up half day takes place remotely, via Zoom.

Group Size

Places were limited to a maximum of twenty-five participants.  

Booking Information

Booking for this event is now closed.

Terms and Conditions

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