Cognitive Analytic Consultancy (CAC): Mapping the Dynamics of Care ~ 6 September 2024

Forthcoming CPD Event

Cognitive Analytic Consultancy (CAC) ~ Mapping the Dynamics of Care

A one day workshop led by Katie Ackroyd and Stephen Kellett

Event Hashtag: #CATCAC24

Date: Friday 6 September 2024
Time: 9.30 am to 4.30 pm
Venue: St Thomas Centre, Ardwick Green North, Manchester, M12 6FZ
Fees:  ACAT member :: £130.00
non-ACAT member :: £145.00

{Fee includes lunch & refreshments. You or your employer can request to be invoiced. Invoicing incurs an additional £15 fee.]

Overview of workshop

This workshop is a follow-on day offered in response to demand from those who have previously completed Katie and Steve’s CPD event on the Five Session Cognitive Analytic Consultancy (CAC) version of cognitive analytic therapy (CAT).

The skills-based day makes use of CAT theory to help participants better understand:

  • reciprocation in the care system
  • the target problem procedures of the consultant
  • how and when to deliver CAC (and when not to)
  • how to deal with complexity, and
  • ways in which to enable fidelity to the CAC process while offering flexibility

The workshop offers a mix of approaches including teaching by the faciliators, self-reflective exercises, and opportunities for participants to practise on examples.

Aims and learning outcomes

This follow-on day provides attendees with the chance to more deeply reflect on their practice and delivery of cognitive analytic consultancy in the NHS.  It will help them think about their TPPs and unhelpful reciprocal roles when acting as consultants, and will use the theory of CAT throughout.  The day will therefore provide attendees with the opportunity to explore, understand and resolve how as consultants our own patterns can unfortunately get in the way during the consultancy at times.  It will provide a safe context in which to see and further practise the key skills of cognitive analytic consultancy. 

The follow-on day is particularly useful for those who want to name and reflect on the complexity that is evident in the dynamics of care in the system and how these dynamics then get mirrored and (hopefully) resolved in the dynamics of the consultancy.  It also therefore aims to support creation of durable and helpful exits for the care system through enhanced application of CAT-informed consultancy skills.

Who is it for?

The day is designed in response to requests from those who previously attended an initial Catalyse CPD day on Five Session Cognitive Analytic Consultancy (CAC). That ran as an open event in March 2023 and February 2024, and Stephen and Katie have also delivered the day internally for NHS Trusts, on behalf of Catalyse. Anyone who has completed their previous day is therefore welcome to attend.

It may also appeal to others with existing knowledge and experience in delivering CAC who want an opportunity to reflect more deeply on the method alongside colleagues.

Please note: This workshop is not designed to qualify participants to practice cognitive analytic therapy or CAT formulation. Attendance is NOT a CAT qualification. Instead, the workshop aims to build on knowledge and skills to enhance the existing skills of therapists within their existing scope of practice. Further training and support via supervision or personal therapy is always recommended when integrating new approaches into one’s existing work.


Dr Katie Ackroyd is a consultant clinical psychologist working in the NHS. She is a CAT practitioner and supervisor and regularly practices CAC in community services. She teaches CAC on various courses and has helped to develop the CAC evidence base.

Dr Stephen Kellett is a consultant clinical psychologist, CAT psychotherapist and supervisor. He has led many research initiatives in the CAT field, and was a past core trainer for Catalyse practitioner training. He currently works in the NHS in acute care. Stephen also teaches CAC on various courses and has helped to develop the CAC evidence base.

You can read a publication on five-session CAC, co-authored by Katie and Stephen, at this link.


St Thomas Centre, Ardwick Green North, Manchester, M12 6FZ

Group Size

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

Booking Information

We advise early booking to secure your place.  Once fully subscribed a further waiting list will be in place.

For online booking, follow the link below. When you pay online, you will automatically receive a receipt. You can also request a receipt from the Catalyse administrator.

If you require invoicing, there is an additional charge of £15.00. Please contact the administrator to inform us that you intend to book.  You may download the booking form by scrolling to the end of this page.

Terms and Conditions

Before proceeding to book and pay for this event, please ensure you read and understand our terms and conditions.