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.
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 in conjunction with Marisol Cavieres.
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”