An Introduction to CAT ~ 13 & 14 April 2018

Section of cognitive analytic therapy mapAn Introduction to CAT

A two-day workshop led by
Sarah Littlejohn and Emma Taylor

Hashtag #CATspace18

Date: Fri-Sat 13th and 14th April, 2018
Time: 9:30am to 4:30pm
Venue: Quaker Meeting House, 10 St James Street, Sheffield, S1 2EW
Fees:  £230.00 (or £190.00 concessionary rate for counsellors in training and voluntary sector workers)
Invoicing incurs an additional £15 fee.
The workshop includes lunch, refreshments and course handouts.

Outline of the Workshop

This hands-on, two-day course offers an introduction to the values, ideas, methods and skills of Cognitive Analytic Therapy.  It combines short theoretical inputs with role play of CAT practice and work in pairs and small groups to try out CAT skills.  The versatility of the approach will be explored and a range of clinical examples highlighted.  Participants will gain skills in using CAT as a framework for a range of therapeutic interventions from early formulations in brief focused therapy to working with complexity and personality difficulties. There will be opportunities to practice the skills of mapping, negotiating and resolving problem patterns within the therapy relationship.  Participants will need some familiarity with the use of psychological ideas and methods in responding to mental health problems and emotional distress. 

For more information about introductory courses in CAT, visit the ACAT website here.

Course aims/objectives

  • Introduce Cognitive Analytic concepts and methods.
  • Draw out or “map” diagrams of problematic, repeating relationship patterns, using live demonstrations, case examples and your own practice
  • Introduce CAT tools of letter writing. We will use examples, and you will have the opportunity to experience framing client histories, problems and repeating problematic patterns in letter writing.
  • Discuss how CAT can be used to understand relational patterns in the therapy room, help predict issues associated with poor motivation and engagement, and work with endings.

Who is it for?

Any qualified professionals working with mental health difficulties, i.e. social workers, psychotherapists, counsellors, occupational therapists; IAPT workers, psychologists, art therapists and doctors. Trainee counsellors are welcome. Please enquire if you are unsure whether the days are relevant for you.


Sarah Littlejohn is a CAT psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer.  She originally trained as an integrative psychotherapist 25 years ago  and qualified as a CAT practitioner in 2001.  She’s  been a lead trainer for the Catalyse (formerly CAT North) Practitioner Training for over a decade and also provides supervision for CAT practitioner and CAT psychotherapy level trainings. Sarah runs  introductory CAT workshops for a range of professionals each year.  She’s been a past chair of ACAT’s Training Committee and is currently chair of Catalyse Executive.  She’s  particularly interested in how CAT provides a framework for the early formulation of complexity, and uses of the therapeutic relationship.

Dr Emma Taylor is a clinical psychologist, accredited CAT practitioner and CAT supervisor.  She has 25 years of clinical experience, including 16 years in the NHS and seven years in private practice in which she offers therapy, supervision, training and acts as a expert witness for Family Courts. She is a member of the Catalyse Sheffield Psychotherapy Practice. She has been a psychology lecturer, and has delivered training for many professionals and organisations including Catalyse. 

Booking Information:

Please complete and return the booking form below (address provided on request) – or if preferred send relevant details by email to the administrator.  We normally reply within 24 hours.

Online booking.  A receipt can be provided from the administrator.
If invoicing is requested there is an additional charge of £15.00.  Please contact the administrator to inform us that you intend to book and complete the booking form available to download at the end of this web page.

Quaker Meeting House, St James Street, Sheffield. S1 2EW.  For location and travel information please visit this link:  Quaker Meeting House, Sheffield.

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  • Standard workshop fee   ::    £230.00
  • Trainee counsellor or voluntary sector workers   ::   £190.00

Before proceeding to pay for this workshop please ensure you understand and accept Catalyse’s terms and conditions available at this link.

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