The Cognitive Analytic Approach in Physical Health Conditions ~ 28 Jan 2020

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The Cognitive Analytic Approach in Physical Health Conditions

A one day workshop led by Glenys Parry and Alison Jenaway

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Date: Tuesday 28 January 2020
Time: 9:30am to 4:30pm
Venue: Lecture Hall, Aintree University Hospital, Liverpool L9 7AL
Fee:  £120 (please note an additional £15 is applied for invoicing)
Lunch and refreshments are  included.

Outline of the Workshop

This one day workshop offered a cognitive analytic understanding of relational aspects of physical health difficulties, in the context of NHS and other healthcare systems.  It aimed to enable participants to build and maintain therapeutic alliance, and anticipate and respond to ruptures and enactments in this work.

The learning aimed to help improve the acceptability of psychological therapy to people with primary physical symptoms and reduce drop out.  Benefits to services may include improvements in the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of psychological interventions in medical and physical healthcare settings

Aims of the training

  • To understand the key principles of cognitive analytic reformulation including reciprocal roles and problem procedures
  • To gain knowledge of common problem procedures in physical health conditions, including those described as medically unexplained symptoms
  • To begin to develop skills in applying these principles to better understand people in one’s own caseload
  • To understand the concepts of a) contextual reformulation and b) systemic enactments within a health care organisation

Who was the event for?

The event was relevant for clinical and health psychologists, and other professionals working in medical and liaison psychiatry services.  It also aimed to benefit CAT practitioners and psychotherapists wishing to learn more about managing physical health issues in their own settings.

Some basic knowledge of cognitive analytic therapy was required.


Professor Glenys Parry is a clinical psychologist who has worked in the NHS for many years in clinical services, training, senior management and policymaking.  Glenys developed her skills in CAT after editing Tony Ryle’s 1990 book ‘Cognitive Analytic Therapy: Active Participation in Change’ for Wiley.  She has a longstanding interest in the effective application of research to practice and has led or contributed to a number of Department of Health policy initiatives in psychological therapies.   In addition to individual psychotherapy, she is an experienced organisational consultant and management mentor.

Dr Alison Jenaway is a consultant psychiatrist in Psychotherapy in the Liaison Psychiatry Service in Cambridge.  She is a CAT therapist and supervisor and has been using CAT for over 20 years. In addition to her NHS role she also works in private practice. She provides training on a range of topics related to both CAT and EMDR.  Alison has written about using CAT with patients presenting with medically unexplained symptoms and set up the special interest group for those using CAT in physical health settings.  She is currently Chair of the national Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy (ACAT)

Lecture Hall, Aintree University Hospital, Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Lower Lane, Liverpool,Merseyside L9 7AL.  Click on this link for directions.

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