CAT Skills Training

CAT Skills Training

Catalyse delivers CAT Skills training courses, accredited by ACAT.  These are shorter in duration than its  two-year Practitioner Training, and are generally offered over a six month period.  For details of the next CAT Skills Training course, please click here.

CAT Skills training offers an introduction to basic skills in CAT for a range of professionals (e.g. psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses, offender managers, therapists, counsellors or social workers working in prison, forensic or mental health forensic settings). It aims to enable core professionals with competence in their own mental health field to enhance their relational and therapeutic skills by using concepts and therapeutic skills derived from CAT.

Skills are developed through a combination of theory and skills training days, combined with supervised clinical work, a personal development therapy session (half-day), plus submission of two reflective pieces of writing on CAT ideas and methods.

Catalyse can also offer tailored in-house skills training to meet specific needs.

If you are interested in finding out more about CAT Skills training or components that could be offered to your specific team or service, please contact us.  Frances Free can direct you to Karen Shannon, who co-ordinates CAT Skills training for Catalyse.

Further information about CAT Skills training is available on the ACAT website: click here for more details.

Testimonials from previous CAT Skills training:

“It  was  one  of  the  few  things  I  have  attended  over  the  years  where  I  felt  I  am  really   learning  and  developing  as  a  practitioner”

“I   have   learnt   so   much,   both   about   the   clients   and   my   own   expectations   of   myself   and  what  is  realistically  achievable”

“I  have  found  it  really  useful  to  think  about  my  practice  –  not  only  in  terms  of  one   to   one   work   with   clients   but   also   in   formulating   and   understanding   other   dynamics  within  the  team”

“CAT   has   taught   me   a   lot   about   risk   assessment   and   management   in   terms   of   being   able   to   use   a   patient’s   formulation   to   obtain   a   richer   understanding   of   exactly  where  the  risky  behaviour  is  located  and  likely  triggers”

“I  would  recommend  it  to  anyone  working  with  the  typically  complex  clients  found   in  forensic  settings”

“I   think   that   the   interactive   nature   of   the   training   was   also   really   helpful   in   developing  skills,  as  opposed  to  more  theoretical  learning”