Working Collaboratively with Medically Unexplained Symptoms ~ 26 Sept 2016

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Working Collaboratively with Medically Unexplained Symptoms

A 1-day workshop led by Dr Alison Jenaway and Professor Glenys Parry

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Feedback from participants:

“All of the day was very useful – metaphor, complexity pyramid, group work, CAT maps – on your pts. A very friendly, warm training experience.”

“Relaxed. Chances to contribute and ask questions and have discussions.”

“Really appreciated that you didn’t just bring simple cases that went miraculously well but more complex cases with imperfect, but good enough endings/outcomes. Enjoyed the three main presentations of MUS – a lot of useful things!”

“Thinking about reciprocal roles and relationship with symptoms, the body and medical professionals. Hearing case examples.”

Date: Monday 26th September 2016
Time: 9:30am to 4:30pm
Venue:  Quaker Meeting House, 10 St James Street, Sheffield, S1 2EW
Fees:  ACAT member :: £125.00
non-ACAT member :: £140.00
Invoicing incurs an additional £15 fee.
The workshop includes lunch, refreshments and course handouts.

There is a growing awareness in mental health services, hospital specialisms and general practice that many patients presenting with physical symptoms have unacknowledged or unresolved psychological difficulties which are either causing or exacerbating the physical symptoms.   Providing effective help for such patients is cost-effective but many psychological therapists feel under-skilled in forming and maintaining collaborative therapy alliances.

Aims of the training:

  • To understand the application of CAT principles when working with people who present with disabling or distressing physical symptoms where medical explanation and intervention is inadequate.
  • To gain knowledge of the spectrum of severity of MUS and which interventions are likely to be helpful; to be aware of evidence for effectiveness both from randomized trials and outcome data from CAT with one year follow up.
  • To gain knowledge of when CAT is likely to be the treatment of choice, or when CBT can be enhanced by some CAT principles.
  • To learn how to formulate these issues and engage the patient in a psychological understanding, including the opportunity to formulate a case from one’s own practice.

Who is it for?
CAT therapists or those with some knowledge of CAT, also useful for qualified therapists working in MUS with an interest in learning more about CAT approach to this client group.

Dr Alison Jenaway is a Consultant psychiatrist working with the Addenbrooke’s Hospital liaison psychiatry team and is an experienced CAT practitioner and supervisor. She has pioneered the use of CAT for people with a wide range of somatic symptoms. She is an executive committee member for the Royal College of Psychiatrists Faculty of Psychotherapy.
Jenaway, A. (2011) Using CAT for Medically Unexplained Symptoms: some theory and initial outcomes. Reformulation. Winter, pp- 53-55
Deshpande, S., Jenaway, A., & Simmons, D. (2015). Managing factitious disorder and type 1 diabetes. Practical Diabetes, 32(6), 207-211.

Professor Glenys Parry is an experienced CAT psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer who also has a research background in medically unexplained symptoms and psychological aspects of physical disorders, including somatization, frequent attendance in primary care, psycho-oncology and respiratory disorders. She is currently a co-investigator in an NIHR-commissioned systematic review of research on psychological therapies for MUS in primary care.
Pickvance, D., Parry, G., & Howe, A. (2004). A cognitive analytic framework for understanding and managing problematic frequent attendance in primary care. Primary Care Mental Health, 2(3-1), 165-174.
Parry, G. D., Cooper, C. L., Moore, J. M., Yadegarfar, G., Campbell, M. J., Esmonde, L., . . . Hutchcroft, B. J. (2012). Cognitive behavioural intervention for adults with anxiety complications of asthma: Prospective randomised trial. Respiratory Medicine, 106(6), 802-810.

Booking Information:
Online booking.  A receipt can be provided from the administrator.
If invoicing is requested there is an additional charge of £15.00.  Please contact the administrator to inform us that you intend to book.  You may download the form by scrolling to the end of this page or request the form from the Catalyse administrator.

The Quaker Meeting House, 10 St James Street, Sheffield, S1 2EW – see link for map
and download below for parking and travel information.

Group size:
Places are limited to a maximum of 25 participants.  We advise early booking to secure your place.  Once fully subscribed a further waiting list will be in place.

Booking Form – Work Collaboratively with MUS

Flyer – MUS 26 Sept 2016v2

Venue location and travel information