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Engaging with Complexity

17/02/2018 @ 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM


Tools to aid relational understanding (informed by Cognitive Analytic Therapy) to work with complex clients in short-term therapy.

Lunch and morning tea provided.

$250 – Non-concession rate
$180 student/trainee rate

What is this workshop about?

When a client acts out angrily, is provocative, or inclined towards risk-taking many private practitioners feel unsupported by the system or their model of working. This can often lead to them referring on or trying to re-direct their work, and / or to feeling disempowered / deskilled or even ignoring the impact of their clients’ behaviour.

Short-term therapy can make working with complex clients difficult. This workshop aims to help therapists to become more focused and goal directed, working together with the client using some clear frameworks to assist in developing a shared understanding and solid framework for therapeutic understanding.

What is Cognitive Analytic Therapy?

Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) provides an effective way of understanding relationship patterns quickly and collaboratively with clients, enabling the therapist and client to talk about what is happening between them in a therapeutic way. CAT uses the therapeutic relationship as the agent of change. This workshop will introduce two key tools from CAT and allow space for clinicians to develop their therapeutic tools and understanding.

Who is this workshop for?

This workshop is aimed at clinicians/therapists who provide brief episodes of care, like those working under mental health care plans and ATAPS, or in roles that give time-limited counselling.

Dr. Susie Black is a Clinical Psychologist working in South Wales in the UK.  She has worked in the NHS and in independent practice with a wide range of presentations both directly and through supervision.  These include severe and enduring mental health, psychological disorders related to physical health conditions, and forensic settings. Susie runs South Wales CAT Practitioner Training Course. Susie is an accredited CAT practitioner, supervisor and trainer.

Lee Crothers is an Occupational Therapist and Psychotherapist who learnt Cognitive Analytic Therapy when working in an outreach team for high-risk adolescents with complex mental health needs.  Lee found the tools of CAT to be useful in engaging young people in reflecting on their issues and the therapeutic relationship. She is founder of In Dialogue and co-founder of In Dialogue Practice where she uses CAT to inform her private practice offering short term psychotherapy.


Registrations are through In Dialogue website www.indialogue.com.au

Contact form – Lee will email you with details and invoice. 


9:30 AM - 5:00 PM


Lee Crothers – In Dialogue


33 Saxon St Brunswick 3056
33 Saxon St
Brunswick, VIC 3056 Australia
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