Developing Consultancy Skills ~ 4-5 June 2015

Past Catalyse Events

Developing Consultancy Skills in Mental Health Work :: A Cognitive Analytic Approach

2-days led by Dr Angela Carradice

Please note this event has now passed

Dates: 4 & 5th June, 2015  (Thursday and Friday)
Time:  10am to 4:45pm
Venue:  Dalton Ellis Hall, University of Manchester, M14 5RL
Fee:   £225 – ACAT members  ::  £250 – non-ACAT members
(This 2-day course includes lunch, refreshments and course handouts)

About the training:
This course was an overview of using CAT consultancy skills at different levels of working.   The course introduced different approaches and went into some detail about a number of different methods of CAT Consultancy.  It aimed to be useful as an introduction to CAT consultancy and to help more experienced consultants further reflect on and develop their skills across a range of situations.  This course is a good introduction for those interested in a more detailed skills training course offered by Catalyse which focuses on one specific approach: ‘Five Session CAT Consultancy’.

Aims of the Course:
The two-days outlined approaches to using CAT indirectly within mental health services. It began by using CAT to understand and work with the organisation, progressing to the use of CAT at team level, through the use of Contextual Reformulations, then working indirectly with care co-ordinators to inform care planning.  Case examples were used at each level to demonstrate examples of applications and the principles of the approaches.  Group exercises were also used to help participants practice skills and begin to apply the approaches to their own consultative work.

Who is the course for?
As the course was specifically focused on building understanding and skills in using CAT in internal consultancy it was particularly designed for those who provide indirect consultancy or were planning to begin. They would have a core profession in mental health work and a professional role in providing consultations or supporting teams.  The course was less relevant to a professional working individually with clients and planning to continue to work mainly at this level, or for someone working externally to teams. Participants required sufficient CAT knowledge and skills to be able to focus on the purpose of the course.

It was ideally suited to CAT practitioners, those in training or who had completed a work-based placement in CAT, and had supervised practice of at least one CAT therapy.  The clinical case examples were drawn from adult secondary and tertiary level mental health services (community and inpatient) and considered complex, with diagnosis being some form of PD and/or psychosis.

Details of the course facilitator:
Dr Angela Carradice
Angela is a consultant clinical psychologist working in both the NHS and private practice.  Her NHS career has largely been working in a split post across both Adult inpatient and community services.  More recently Angela has focussed on community services and she currently leads on CAT and PD across the CMHTs in Sheffield.  In private practice, Angela provides training (mainly on working with complex cases) and supervision for both direct and indirect work.  Angela is a CAT practitioner and CAT supervisor, whose work has also been influenced by systemic thinking and organisational psychology.  Her passion is to work as an integrated team member using CAT to meet the needs of the context in which she works.  This has involved developing ways of using CAT indirectly, as well as providing individual CAT therapy for service users.  Angela is also a trainer and supervisor with CAT North.