Working with CAT in Groups ~ 6th February 2017

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Working with CAT in Groups


A 1-day workshop led by Ruth Carson and Uma Patel

Event Hashtag: #CATgroups17
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Date: Monday 6th February 2017
Time: 9:30am to 4:30pm
Venue:  Dalton Ellis, Manchester
Fees:  ACAT member :: £125.00
non-ACAT member :: £140.00

Information about the training:

The workshop aimed:

  • To develop skills and confidence to run CAT groups;
  • To introduce an overview of the group formats;
  • To focus on a 16 weeks group format that includes mini reformulations and also a group format that is a longer open CAT group based on the facilitators’ experience of running an open group for health psychology;
  • Participants were asked to consider the CAT tools they already use such as the use of reformulation and SDR; they were asked to consider how they may adapt these to their own group format and ideas were shared for endings and goodbye letters; 
  • The workshop highlighted the flexibility of adapting CAT in groups to the area in which participants worked and their client groups;
  • To practice facilitating groups – workshop participants were invited to take part in role play and to use anonymised clinical material and/or experiences.

Who was it for?

CAT practitioners and psychotherapists. Trainee CAT practitioners were also welcome to attend.


Uma Patel qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 2005. She has worked in the NHS for 16 years, mainly in adult mental health. Uma currently works in an Eating Disorder Service and is the clinical lead for a Weight Management Service. In addition to her clinical work her current post involves management responsibilities, service development, supervision and training. Uma is an accredited Cognitive Analytic Therapist; she supervises staff and offers specialist Cognitive analytic therapy placements to Trainee Clinical Psychologists. Her special interest is the use of CAT in group settings and she been innovative in applying this to the area of Eating disorders, Weight Management and Bariatric Care.

Ruth Carson is a CAT practitioner and currently in the second year of IRRAPT training. Ruth is a CAT trainer and also an accredited supervisor. She is a consultant psychotherapist leading a specialist eating disorders service in Merseyside. She has used CAT in groups for over 6 years, and is a strong advocate of this approach using CAT in groups within eating disorder services, weight management services and also Bariatric services. She has experience of using different group methods to deliver CAT. Ruth also has a role as an ACAT Trustee, loves her Westie ‘BettyBoo’ and has a passion for fine dining.



Map and Directions Dalton Ellis 2017