Gaining Ground: what’s new on the CAT landscape ~ 30 June 2023

Past Catalyse Event

Original artwork by Brenda Mallon

Gaining Ground: what’s new on the CAT landscape

A day led by graduating CAT trainees, for aspiring, trainee and qualified CATs at any stage in their career, and all those wishing to support and scaffold CAT provision in the north

Event Hashtag: #CATground23

Date: Friday 30 June 2023
Time: 9.30 am to 4.30 pm
Venue:  St Thomas Centre, Ardwick Green North, Manchester M12 6FZ
Fees:  Current CAT Practitioner Trainees (inc those in 2021-2023 Catalyse intake) :: £40.00
All others:: £50.00
[Fee included lunch & refreshments]

Overview of the day

This was a day organised by current and recently graduated CAT Practitioner trainees. The day included a series of presentations, discussions, posters and workshops. The programme showcased some of the current and recent work developed by trainees and others through written assignments for the Catalyse CAT Practitioner training course. There were brief presentations on a new second series of CAT training films, and another training tool in development. It also featured contributions on opportunities for early career (and all other) CATs to further develop research and supervision skills as they continue in their application of cognitive analytic therapy.

Aims and learning outcomes

This one-day event provided an opportunity to

  • hear from graduating trainees on their second year written work, reflecting recent theoretical and practical applications of CAT
  • learn about pathways towards onward training as a CAT supervisor
  • consider CAT’s growing evidence base and ways in which you can contribute
  • discuss and experiment with a new draft tool for considering ‘My Social Self’ in therapy and supervision
  • watch excerpts from the second series of Catalyse Training Films, demonstrating advanced CAT skills

Those attending could:

  • learn about latest CAT developments
  • consider future directions for CAT in the north
  • meet newly qualifying cognitive analytic therapists
  • develop and strengthen CAT peer networks in the north and beyond
  • support and scaffold the growing CAT workforce for the future

Who was it for?

This day was open to all those interested in new developments locally, and in supporting and encouraging early career CATs graduating from the Catalyse Practitioner course, including:

  • existing and recent CAT Practitioner trainees from any training course
  • aspiring CATs – those who are interested in applying for CAT training in the future
  • qualified CAT therapists
  • psychological professional leads and others wanting to support CAT provision and recruitment in their services
  • anyone else interested in what’s new on the CAT landscape

Contributors & Programme

9.15Coffee & Registration
9.35Neurodivergence Within the Therapy Room: CAT for Autistic People Presenting with Complex Trauma and Mental Health DifficultiesDr James Randall, Clinical Psychologist & graduating CAT Practitioner
10.20CAT On Film #2: New Training Resources for Advanced CAT SkillsDr Kathryn Pemberton, CAT Practitioner & Clinical Psychologist
11.15Scaffolding Conversations About ‘My Social Self’ – A Draft Tool in Development Rhona Brown, CAT Practitioner & Clinical Psychologist
12.00Why Are We (Still) Talking About Race? And What Does CAT Have To Say? Dr Margaret Gani, Consultant Psychiatrist & graduating CAT Practitioner
Hegemonic masculinity: a proposed CAT understanding (poster presentation)Dr Greg Stocks, Clinical Psychologist & trainee CAT Practitioner
Reflections on Delivering Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) in CAMHS (poster presentation)Dr Shona Goodall, Consultant Clinical Psychologist & trainee CAT Practitioner
CAT to the Rescue? Reflections on integrating CAT and EMDR (poster presentation)Dr Jenny Ward, Clinical Psychologist & trainee CAT Practitioner
1.45Cognitive Analytic Therapy and Working with Physical Health Conditions: Research and Reflections Dr Gemma Evans, Consultant Clinical Psychologist & graduating CAT Practitioner
2.30Continuing Your Journey – Pathways To Supervisor Training Yvonne Stevens, CAT Psychotherapist & ACAT Vice Chair for Supervisor Training
3.30So, Where Are We At With CAT Research and What Can You Do To Help?Dr Stephen Kellett, CAT Psychotherapist & Consultant Clinical Psychologist
4.15Reflections and CloseChairs

You can download a pdf of abstracts for three of the live presentations here:


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

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