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An on-demand
Introductory Course for
Health & Social Care

Developed by qualified and practicing CAT therapists, you will gain the knowledge you need as you take your first step towards becoming a CAT practitioner.

On-demand studying at a time that suits you

Supported by Tutors through Monthly online Q&A

In an environment that is conducive to your learning

Recognised Certificate of Completion issued 

Avril Ishmael,


"I found the course really engaging and I liked the fact I could do it at my own pace."

Anne Carbonnier, Psychiatrist

"It is good to get an understanding of the model and to look at relational patterns everywhere around me."

Romley Carlin,


"I have certainly learned so much and look forward to taking this learning back to my own team and practice."

What's included in the course


What does CAT Therapy look like?

You will be learning about what happens in a typical CAT therapy


duration 00:14:30


The Theoretical underpinnings of CAT

Dawn will walk you through some of the theories that helped to develop CAT


duration 00:26:40


Writing in CAT

You will learn all about the different uses of writing in CAT and we will reformulate a very special character


duration 00:15:30


Reciprocal Roles and Mapping

Two of CATs most key features, you will get to see a map being developed in real time


duration 00:41:20


CATs understanding of 'the Self'

In this module, you will be finding out how CAT conceptualises this idea


duration 00:09:50


Traps, Dilemmas and Snags

Familiarise yourself with key cognitive components from the Psychotherapy File and their application to practice


duration 00:10:40


The Self States Model

Introduced a little later into the model, it considers how someone with an Emotionally Unstable Personality type could benefit from CAT 


duration 00:09:20


Transference and Counter-transference

Often referred to as the 'Push' and 'Pull' felt in therapy


duration 00:12:40


Consultation using CAT

Find out about how CAT can be used to support staff teams and organisations


duration 00:25:30


CAT Research and Evidence Base

Hayden interviews Dr Stephen Kellett, Consultant Psychologist and Psychotherapist and Programme Director of IAPT at Sheffield University. 


duration 00:26:00


Your own case example

You will be guided to apply some of the different CAT tools to the patient you have been reflecting on during the course


duration 00:13:00


Endings in CAT

Ignore at your peril; CAT places a big emphasis on attending to the ending. Find out why in the final module


duration 00:13:50

Also included in your purchase...

Your Tutors

With over 48 years of experience between them, Dawn and Hayden are passionate CAT therapists as well as registered mental health nurses. If you want to know more, visit the About section of the site.

We have been endorsed as a high-quality training provider by Skills for Care, the strategic workforce development and planning body for adult social care in England.


"Both were brilliant, approachable, non judgmental, understanding and very welcoming."

Mitchell Hughes

"So yeah, I'd like to say a big thank you to

Hayden and Dawn for the opportunity to come along today." 

Kimberley Tegwen-Pane

"Brilliant training and very helpful and informative trainers, would definitely recommend."


All 12 Modules

All Digital Downloads

90 days access

Technical Support

Monthly Q&A access


or 2 payments of £87

Frequently Asked


  • How long will it take me to complete the course?
    In total, the 12 modules are around 4 hours in length, but we wouldn't recommend that you watch them all in one go. For the best experience, we would recommend that you watch 1 or 2 modules a week and use the time in between to reflect on what you have learnt and how it relates to your practice.
  • How do I become an Accredited CAT Therapist?
    The route to becoming an accredited CAT Therapist is through an approved Practitioner course, which requires both academic and practice based assessments. You can find out more about this from the Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy (ACAT). However, clinicians often complete an introduction course to CAT, like this one, before undertaking the full 3 year practitioner training.
  • What is the Monthly Q&A access?
    One of the Tutors offers an online Q&A session each month which can be accessed as part of your standard Introductory course enrolment. The Q&A is between 30 minutes and an hour depending on the number of students attending. You can not bring confidential patient information to this space, it is focused on questions about the model.
  • How can I get an invoice for my company or organisation to pay?
    Please email with: - the course or module name you would like to study, and - your company or organisations name and address Please note: An additional fee of £10.00 per invoice will apply
  • How do I make a group purchase for a module or course?
    Please email with: - the course or module name you would like to purchase - the number of required spaces - email addresses for each attendee, and - your company or organisations name and address Please note: An additional fee of £10.00 per invoice will apply

Until the next Monthly Q&A

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