Demonstrating Versatile CAT in Forensic Settings

Catalyse Executive member Dr Karen Shannon has recently co-authored a chapter with CAT colleague Philip Pollock in Routledge’s “Individual Psychological Therapies in Forensic Settings: Research & Practice” edited by Jason Davies & Claire Nagi.  Cognitive Analytic Therapy is one of eight therapies featured.  Other models include ACT, CBT, CFT, EMDR, MBT, Personal Construct Psychotherapy, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and Schema Therapy.

A common chapter framework in the first part of the book compares and contrasts different therapies.  The second part of the book includes chapters on groupwork as an adjunct to individual therapy, ethics, supervision, and selection of therapies and therapists.

The editors note in their foreword that the chapter describes CAT as individual therapy for those whom services can find hard to help.  Moreover, they note how Karen and Philip describe CAT as “an explicit framework to inform staff/team/system care and risk management”Karen is pleased about this acknowledgement of the multipurpose and versatile nature of CAT.  She hopes readers can glean not only what CAT offers as an individual therapy in forensic settings but also how to use it as a broader model to inform care.

Inspection copies are available on application to the publisher by those working within academic institutions considering use of the text within their courses.

You can see more details about the book at this link.

Dr Karen Shannon is a member of Catalyse Executive.  She has several roles including leading on CAT Skills Training, contributing to teaching on our Practitioner Training course, and she also leads our CPD programme.  She and Dr Kerry Manson will be offering a CPD day in 2018 (date and details to be confirmed) on Working with Complexity & Risk: Application of CAT to those who pose a risk of harm to others.  This was previously run with ACAT in February 2017 (see details here.) 

2 thoughts on “Demonstrating Versatile CAT in Forensic Settings

  1. In my experience, the provision of individual therapy in these settings is fundamentally affected by the organisational and systemic issues. CAT’s contextual reformulation is so useful, even for therapists working in other models.

    1. Yes, CAT can provide a relational framework to hold within it, differing types of therapy provision e.g. offense focused group work and also other psychological models e.g CAT and EMDR. Providing a relational understanding of how to provide therapeutic provision and reduce the likelihood of sabotaging hijacking dynamics threatening to rupture care-giving.

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