CAT and Psychosis ~ 4 December 2015

Past Catalyse Events

CAT for Apparently Unusual Experiences: a relational approach to psychosis


Please note this workshop has passed and was repeated in February 2016.

One day workshop led by Dr Ranil Tan and Dr Alex Perry

Feedback from participants:

“Thoughtful, well prepared presentations; enthusiastic, non dogmatic – open-minded.”

“Containing approach when thinking about psychosis (directly relevant to my role).”

“Genuine, honest presenters describing what using CAT is like with ‘real’ clients.”

“Engaging content and presentation delivered in a respectful and sensitive way.”

“Thanks very much – very interesting and thought provoking.”

Course Details:

Date: Friday, 4th December 2015
Time: 9:30am to 4:30pm
Venue: Dalton Ellis, Victoria Park, Manchester M14 5RL
ACAT member :: £95.00
non-ACAT member :: £120.00
The workshop includes lunch, refreshments and course handouts.

Aims of the training:

  • Review current psychological understanding of experiences labeled as psychosis.
  • Apply a CAT framework to reformulate experiences such as voice hearing, confused states and unusual ideas.
  • Explore reciprocal relationships between self, other and experiences of psychosis.
  • Use case material to consider how the practice of CAT might be applied flexibly in this context.

Skills and Learning:

  • A clear framework for developing formulations and working with clients experiencing psychosis.
  • Ideas for adapting the standard CAT approach to best meet clients’ needs.
  • Tools for working individually with clients and in consultation with MDT colleagues.

Who is it for:

  • CAT therapists, CAT trainees or therapists with a good knowledge of the CAT model.

Details of the course facilitators:

Dr. Ranil Tan: Is a Clinical Psychologist and CAT therapist who works in the NHS, and for the last 5 years has been the lead for psychological work within the Manchester Early Intervention in Psychosis Service. Ranil works with people with experiences of psychosis across community and inpatient settings and has a particular interest in applying a relational framework to understanding experiences of psychosis as well as thinking more widely about the social and political sources of distress. CAT has been central to this, and he uses CAT both in individual therapy and consultation, as well as within multi-disciplinary supervision. Ranil has been involved in the development and delivery of workshops in relation to CAT and psychosis within and outside of the NHS.  He is also involved in research relating to recovery from psychosis and is currently a therapist in a CAT for psychosis case series.

Dr. Alex Perry:  Is also a Clinical Psychologist and CAT therapist and an honorary lecturer at Leeds University.  Alex has worked for 10 years with people experiencing psychosis, both directly with individuals and also with their wider network of family, friends and professionals.  Alex has a particular interest in voice hearing and how CAT can be used to both understand the roots of these experiences, as well as the relationship a person has with their voices.  In addition to CAT, he is also strongly influenced by the Finnish Open Dialogue approach and has been involved in some of the first trials of this approach in the UK.  Like CAT, Open Dialogue is heavily influenced by Mikhail Bakhtin and Alex believes that both approaches have great potential to promote a genuinely dialogical stance in UK mental health services, where every part of a person’s system (both interpersonal and intrapsychic) can be heard and understood.  Alex is also one of the therapists in the current CAT for psychosis case series research.