The Research Journey from Start to Finish: Motivating to Motivated – 1 March 2019

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The Research Journey From Start to Finish: Motivating-to-Motivated

The second CAT research conference organised jointly with ACAT (The Association for Cognitive Therapy)

Event Hashtag: #CATres19

Date: Friday 1 March 2019
Time: tbc
Venue:  Institute of Biomedical Science, 12 Coldbath Square, London, EC1R 5HL (Click here for directions)
Fees:  ACAT member :: online bookings £75 or cheque/invoice £90
non-ACAT member :: online bookings £90 or cheque/invoice £105

Overview of workshop:

This day aims to provide an opportunity:

  • To hear about research projects that are in the pipeline
  • To make contacts and network with experienced researchers in the CAT community, and
  • to explore your own research ideas in a small group with an experienced facilitator

There will also be an opportunity to discuss NIHR funding links with Barney Dunn – see

Who is it for?
The day will be of interest to:

  • CAT therapists, CAT trainees, and others who are interested in keeping up to date with the evidence base for cognitive analytic therapy
  • Anyone interested in expanding the research evidence base for CAT
  • Active CAT researchers

Provisional Programme & Contributors

Stephen Taylor, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Psychological Medicine and Cognitive Analytic Therapist, Honorary lecturer in Mental Health Nursing at the University of West London

Can we create ACE (Attached Compassionate Empathic) nurses with the use of a CAT/CFT based student nurse supervision group?

Professor Barney Dunn, CAT Practitioner, Professor of Clinical Psychology, NIHR Career Development Fellow, Mood Disorders Centre, University of Exeter.

Key Steps from being a Promising New Therapy to being part of the Evidence Base – what can CAT learn from other new therapies?

Barney will examine what CAT can learn from recently established evidence based therapies (e.g. Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy) and also discuss steps involve in developing new therapies, such as the Augmented Depression Therapy he is working on.

Dr Steve Jefferis , Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Course Director for the Northumberland, Tyne and Wear CAT Practitioner Training, and Clinical Lead for the NTW CAT Service

Mapping the making of maps: A qualitative investigation of how CAT diagrams are made

This talk outlines the findings and the process experience of a piece of CAT qualitative research, carried out by clinical psychologist Zara Fantarrow during her DClinPsy training, and supervised by Steve.

Dr Liza Messing, Senior Clinical Psychologist and MAP clinical lead, and Dr Leon Simpson. Senior Clinical Psychologist, both from BEH (Barnet, Enfield and Haringey) MHT

Would you like to come with us? – A CAT informed group programme for the very stuck

Dr Samantha Hartley,  Senior Clinical Psychologist and trainee CAT Practitioner. based at the Hope and Horizon Adolescent Inpatient Units and part of the Pennine Care Young People’s Mental Health Research Unit.  Dr Hartley currently holds a HEE/NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic Clinical Lectureship with Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust and The University of Manchester. This funds a programme of work with the ultimate aim of developing interventions to support effective therapeutic relationships for young people using mental health services. Samantha is a current CAT Practitioner Trainee with the Catalyse/CAT North course.

CATCH-Y Cognitive Analytic Therapy for Containing self-Harm in Young People”

Developing a brief intervention for young people who harm themselves, with a focus on involving young people in co-production.

Free Places for Budding Researchers

ACAT is offering three free places on the day for those planning a research project in CAT.  To apply, please send a project description, in no more than 2000 words, to

The description should include:

  • Your main research question
  • Why it is important
  • The method you are planning to use to answer it
  • Any previous work or publications that you would be building on
  • The next steps you intend to take to get the project off the ground

It should be a realistic project that you would like to develop and would lead to a publication. It may be possible to link you up with a mentor to help you progress with it, if needed. Successful applicants will be invited to present their project at a future ACAT research day. The deadline for this opportunity has now passed.


Booking is through ACAT and subject to ACAT’s Terms and Conditions which are available at this link.  Conference downloads and booking and payment details are available through the event page at this link.