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Inviting Applications for a Lead for our Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Programme

Are you interested in leading our Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme as a member of the Catalyse Executive group? Then read on:

Catalyse is a not-for-profit social enterprise offering training, therapy and consultancy through a network of experienced therapists and trainers based across the North of England. We have developed as an organisation through a core group of colleagues working together for over twenty years since setting up the first North of England CAT Practitioner course. Catalyse functions in an open and accountable way and is overseen by an Executive Committee who agree direction and priorities, and co-ordinate Catalyse activities, on which particular Executive members lead. In addition, a larger network of Catalyse Associates provide services.

We need a CAT trained therapist to lead and develop the organisation of our CPD programme of events across the North.

Key aspects of the CPD lead role include:

  • liaising with the CAT community to generate needs and ideas;
  • including strategic thinking with the course team for a programme of consolidation events for post practitioner training;
  • liaising with presenters and carrying through the planning, costing, advertising, delivery and evaluation of the programme with administrative support.

As CPD lead you would be a full member of the Catalyse Executive contributing to the broader aims of Catalyse which has work streams delivering the CAT Practitioner course; Personal Reformulations for CAT Skills and Foundation courses and other professionals, Sheffield CAT Psychotherapy Practice; varied bespoke Projects in CAT teaching, research and evaluation; Café CAT and a new work-stream in Organisational Consultancy.

We are hoping to recruit someone who has good interpersonal skills, is collaborative and responsive, who works well in a group and who wants to contribute to CAT developments in the North.


The CPD lead role does require flexible working of approximately 30 hours over a year and attendance at meetings and email to support the business of the Executive. See role description (download below) for more information.


Closing date for applications is Friday 14th September, 5pm

Please submit the application form (download below), a brief CV and a personal supportive statement of up to 750 words to say why you are interested in this role and what you feel you can bring to the future of CAT in the North.

CPD Lead Downloads

Catalyse-CPD-Lead-Advert.pdf CPD-lead-role-description.docx Catalyse-CPD-Application-Form-2018.doc
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Bringing Home Some Gold to Café CAT

Would you like to share, or hear about, some “golden nuggets” from this year’s ACAT conference in Keele?  Come along to Café CAT Manchester on Wednesday 25th July where we’ll be bringing back some highlights and opening these up for discussion whether you attended or not.

The twenty-fourth annual ACAT conference is almost upon us, taking place between the 5th and 7th of July in Keele.  Conference themes include therapist authenticity, creativity, and use of positive resources in cognitive analytic therapy.

Clive Turpin is offering a workshop there about Café CAT. This will include an introduction to the concept and history of the meetings, and also an experiential taster of its conversational approach.  To quote from the workshop outline:-

“Clive will introduce the topic and encourage the voices of others to contribute on the subject of therapist authenticity. This provides a valuable and rich opportunity to explore the topic as a group through conversation, rather than presenting a specific idea or approach in a usual workshop format. We don’t know where the conversation will go, which is both curious and exciting.”

The conference will be followed by some Café CAT reciprocation on 25th July – an opportunity for anyone attending the conference to feed back highlights, key learning and ideas to share with the CAT community in the north.  As usual these will be a springboard to conversation, and we hope a nice way to cascade proceedings even if you couldn’t make it to the conference this year.  Please come along if you’d like to hear, or share, these “golden nuggets” and develop the conversation.

This will be the fourth Café meeting and we’ll also be reviewing how it’s developing and future directions.

Looking forward to seeing you there at Z-arts, Hulme, Manchester.  The meeting will start at 6.15 pm and end at 8.15 pm; £5 on the door.

More information about Café CAT is at this link, or you can contact us to find out more.

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Café CAT: The Story So Far

As the third Café CAT meeting approaches on 25th April, Clive Turpin reflects on the first two meetings and possibilities for future directions it might take.

Café CAT was inspired by the established approach of Café Psychologique that presents a topic for an open conversation. Café Psychologique meetings in various locations have included mortality, loneliness, music, amongst many many others.  It was a priority for Catalyse to promote and support an alternative informal CPD opportunity to those interested in and working with cognitive analytic therapy that also served to bring people together with a shared curiosity and interest.

So far Café CAT has met on October and January 2017 and the next is planned for 25th April 2018.  I’m really pleased that we have a new voice for this one, Suzanne Riddell, who wants to explore the topic of similarities and differences between NHS and private therapy work. Do they each carry particular impressions and expectations? What’s the view from “inside” or “outside” of one or the other? What are our experiences and where does the reality lie?

The maiden Café CAT’s title was “What state are we in?” which focused on how we think about, approach and integrate states into our work. To get the Café underway I presented the first two topics with the hope that we could encourage others to get involved.  At the first event I took a slightly more active approach in leading the session to get things going.  It was great to get two new voices of Vikki and Lucinda to put a blog together sharing their experience of the evening.

Next up was “Exploring the tools of CAT and what’s kept post training” in January this year.  After introducing the topic we quickly moved into a more conversational approach, which was the original aim of the Café.  We were also in a cosier room which no doubt impacted on the feel as we were all sat around a double table arrangement, compared to the large open space before. The conversation went in all kinds of directions and opened up new ideas, highlighted some differences and left us all with new some things to consider.

One of the things that I find most exciting about these open conversations is that you don’t know where it’s going to go and what you’ll encounter. Each event has left me with a lot to reflect on and influenced my practice thereafter.  In addition to this I’m getting to meet new people and those that I haven’t seen for a while.  It’s like a social win, a professional practice win, and a general brain/mind win and obviously a great way to connect with others.

I’m really keen to promote and keep new voices active within the Café.  I’ve got lots of ideas myself, however a variety of voices and differing views are so enriching. So as well as a summary on the Café so far this is also an active invite to bring something that you feel passionate or curious about or interested in and want to sound out an idea or experience with others. This would be greatly welcomed to keep Café CAT open and diverse, so if you have an idea get in touch and we’ll see if we can get it into the Café schedule.

We’re also interested in this developing in other areas, such as Sheffield, Leeds and Liverpool, (as well as other areas of Manchester) where there are large CAT communities.

Here are a few ideas for some future Café CAT meetings:

  • Research in CAT: challenging myths and reflecting on what we might have to contribute
  • Storytelling: How we tell them, the importance of them, who they’re meant for
  • Social media: the impact and how this comes into or bumps against therapy
  • Experiences of learning and teaching CAT: trainees, practitioners, psychotherapists
  • Attending to and working with feelings in CAT
  • Creativity, play and playfulness in CAT
  • Adapting CAT for different client groups (eg children, people with learning disabilities)

Contact Clive for more information or to share ideas about future Cafe CAT meetings.  You can follow him on Twitter at  @Clive_Turpin.  You can also follow tweets about the Café through its hashtag #CafeCatalyse.  Otherwise join Suzanne Riddell and other northern CAT colleagues by coming along to the next meeting.

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What State Are We In? All ready for Cafe CAT

This Wednesday, 11th October, will see the first of our new evening Café CAT events taking place at Z-arts in Hulme, Manchester.  This is an open meeting with a focus on informal CPD and networking for the CAT community in the north.

Clive Turpin will lead the first meeting, introducing the topic of:

What state are we in? Reviewing how states are incorporated into maps and our work

Bring along your thoughts, pens, paper, and of course your states of mind, for an evening of connecting, conversation and mapping.  If you have any favourite papers or resources on the topic that you think will be helpful to share, you can bring them along on the night or leave a comment below.

Entry costs £5 on the door, to cover costs.  We’ll start at 6.15pm and end at 8.15pm.  Please arrive in good time to be with us for the start, when Clive will share some initial thoughts on the topic.

There will be a bar and light snacks available to purchase.  Details of how to find the venue are available here.  There is on-street parking for which there’s no charge after 6 pm.

We hope that others within the local CAT community will get involved in suggesting topics or leading future Café CAT meetings in Manchester or further afield.  So please come along or contact us if you’d like to be involved further.