Creating a Tapestry: Weaving Together EMDR and CAT ~ Postponed to 21 October 2022

Forthcoming CPD Events

Creating a Tapestry – Weaving Together EMDR and CAT

A one day workshop led by Mark Walker and Alison Jenaway

Event Hashtag #CATEMDR22

Due to industrial action leading to travel disruption on 24th June, this event is now postponed and will take place on Friday 21st October 2022.

Please note this event is now full. If you wish to go on the waiting list in case spaces become available, please contact the event administrator.

Date: (No longer Friday 24th June 2022) – postponed till Friday 21st October 2022
Time: 9:30am to 4:30pm
Venue: St Thomas Centre GMCVO, Manchester M12 6FZ
Fees:  ACAT member :: £125.00
non-ACAT member :: £140.00
(Lunch and refreshments will be included)

Overview of workshop:

During this experiential day we aim to explore the integration of CAT and EMDR, drawing on various strands of theory and practice. We will share our own ways of working with EMDR within a “CAT envelope”. We will consider how CAT and EMDR can complement each other when working with complexity. Additionally, we will reflect on how different reciprocal roles may emerge in the therapeutic relationship as we move between different ways of working.

As this CPD day is for those practising both models, we’ll also invite you to share your own expertise with each other, regarding the pros and pitfalls of integration.

This day provides an opportunity to hear about these two experienced facilitators’ ways of integrating EMDR with CAT, with plenty of opportunity for experiential exercises to illustrate aspects of integration.

Aims and learning outcomes:

Via role plays and sharing, the workshop will help participants develop their confidence in using EMDR with CAT. The emphasis will be on integrating the two approaches, rather than doing two therapies consecutively. This in turn will support more efficient use of session time, alongside ttending to both technique and process. In particular the day will explore the ‘how to’ in terms of:

  • introducing ideas from EMDR early on in the reformulation phase
  • creating safety and the use of positive resources
  • managing hyper and hypo arousal
  • selecting targets to work on
  • using the CAT diagram for reflection throughout the work, and
  • attending to reciprocal roles in the therapeutic relationship as different ways of working are introduced

Who is it for?

This event is relevant for therapists who are qualified in cognitive analytic therapy, have completed at least one level of EMDR training, and are practising both models in their work. If you are unsure if the workshop is for you, please contact Alison Jenaway.


Mark J Walker: I am a Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) therapist, trainer and senior supervisor and an EMDR Europe Accredited Consultant. Over 33 years in practice I have gained a wide range of experience having worked in therapeutic communities, out-patient and secondary care psychotherapy services, CMHTs and private hospitals as a clinician and service manager.

I currently work part time in the NHS and partly in private practice, contributing to CAT and EMDR trainings across the UK. I offer private consultations, clinical supervision, training and therapy to individuals, groups and corporate organisations.

My interest in ‘integration’ and specifically bringing the body and spirituality into my work furthers my interest in current developments in neuroscience disciplines and body based therapies becoming more mainstream eg Yoga, Taichi, and Qigong.

Alison Jenaway: I am a CAT practitioner and supervisor and a past Chair of ACAT.  I recently semi-retired from working as a consultant psychiatrist in psychotherapy in the NHS. I used CAT initially with young people and their parents, and more recently with people with physical health problems within a liaison psychiatry service.  On a voluntary basis, I still work for the NHS one day a week providing CAT supervision and reflective practice sessions for staff.  

I frequently use Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) within my CAT work. Alongside a small private practice, I am currently half way through the IRRAPT CAT psychotherapy training.


This workshop takes place in a spacious room at St Thomas Centre (GMCVO), Ardwick Green North.Manchester M12 6FZ – for directions to St Thomas Centre, click on this link.

Group size

Places are limited to a maximum of 26 participants.  We advise early booking to secure your place.  Once fully subscribed a further waiting list will be in place.


Online booking, see below.
If invoicing is required there is an additional charge of £15.00. A receipt will automatically be provided when you pay online.  A PDF receipt can also be requested from the Catalyse administrator.

Please contact the administrator  if you would like your organisation to be invoiced for the event fee.  You can find and download the booking form by scrolling to the end of this page.

Terms and Conditions:
Before proceeding to book and pay for Creating a Tapestry: Weaving Together EMDR and CAT please ensure you read and understand our terms and conditions.

Please note booking is now closed and contact the administrator if you wish to go on our waiting list.