1st Edition

Cognitive Analytic Supervision A relational approach

Edited By Deborah Pickvance Copyright 2017
    312 Pages
    by Routledge

    312 Pages
    by Routledge

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     Cognitive Analytic Supervision: A relational approach is the first book to present a cognitive analytic perspective on psychotherapy supervision. This edited collection of original chapters reflects the ways in which CAT therapists and supervisors have developed the model and used it in diverse settings. It is a significant contribution to the literature on relational psychotherapy supervision, written by established CAT supervisors, trainers and therapists who, together, have an enormous amount of professional and clinical experience.

    The book covers important areas such as:

             the relational theory and practice of CAT supervision

             a cognitive analytic conceptualization of narcissistic difficulties

             intercultural issues in supervision (based on CAT training experience in India)

             ethical and clinical dilemmas in supervision

             supervision of consultancy work

    Cognitive Analytic Supervision will be of interest to CAT supervisors, therapists and trainee supervisors, as well as supervisors and therapists working in other therapeutic models, in particular those with a relational approach. This book may be a useful bridge into relationally informed supervision for therapists who do not have an explicitly relational focus.



    List of contributors


    Section 1: CAT supervision: theory, process and evidence

    Chapter 1

    CAT supervision: a relational model

    Deborah Pickvance

    Chapter 2

    The Healthy Supervisor: a CAT understanding of the process of psychotherapy supervision

    Annie Nehmad

    Chapter 3

    The CAT model and the practice of CAT supervision

    Eva Burns-Lundgren

    Chapter 4

    What makes supervision helpful? A review of research

    Carolyn Lawson


    Section 2 Challenges in relational supervision

    Chapter 5

    Clinical and ethical challenges in relational supervision

    Deborah Pickvance and Glenys Parry

    Chapter 6

    The use of the CAT model in the supervision of CAT therapists working with borderline personality disorder

    Liz Fawkes and Val Fretten

    Chapter 7

    Are narcissists a special case? Narcissism and supervision

    Annie Nehmad

    Chapter 8

    Intercultural supervision: acknowledging cultural differences in supervision without compromise or complacency

    Jessie Emilion and Hilary Brown

    Section 3 Methods and tools of supervision

    Chapter 9

    CAT group supervision: the social model in action

    Jane Blunden and Hilary Beard

    Chapter 10

    Using CAT mapping in relational supervision

    Steve Potter

    Chapter 11

    Integration of competency assessment into CAT supervision: a practical guide

    Stephen Kellett and Dawn Bennett


    Chapter 12

    Using mindfulness in CAT supervision

    Elizabeth Wilde McCormick

    Chapter 13

    The microcosm in CAT supervision

    Jason Hepple


    Section 4 Supervision in different contexts

    Chapter 14

    The supervision relationship in a training context

    Yvonne Stevens

    Chapter 15

    Supervising non-CAT therapists

    Mark Westacott

    Chapter 16

    Supervising CAT consultancy in mental health teams

    Angela Carradice

    Chapter 17

    Supervising CAT with young people

    Louise K. McCutcheon, Lee Crothers, Steve Halperin 

    Chapter 18

    Dilemmas in relational supervision in intellectual disability services

    Julie Lloyd

    Chapter 19

    CAT supervision in forensic practice: working with complexity and risk

    Karen Shannon



    Appendix 1: Resources

    Appendix 2: ACAT Code of Ethics and Practice for Training and Supervision

    Appendix 3: Competence in CAT measure (CCAT)


    Deborah Pickvance is a UKCP registered cognitive analytic psychotherapist, an accredited supervisor and trainer in cognitive analytic therapy. Her experience of psychotherapy supervision spans thirty years; this includes supervising therapists and supervisors practising in many different settings at trainee and post-qualification level. She has worked in NHS psychotherapy and psychology departments, primary care and women’s therapy services.

    'CAT emerged from many years of practice and supervision but not from the intention of founding the new model which eventually emerged. In this book experienced CAT supervisors and teachers reflect upon their practice and consider the relation of what they do to other models. They show how CAT has continued to grow through reflection based on extensive supervised practice and reassure me that the model, drawing on the participation of therapists and patients, generates continuing development.' - Anthony Ryle, founder of Cognitive Analytic Therapy

    'This superb volume, edited by Deborah Pickvance, makes a major contribution to the development of Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) and to the field of psychotherapy supervision in general. Although, as Pickvance makes clear,  both CAT and CAT supervision have always been implicitly relational in nature, this book explicitly highlights the relational features of CAT supervision including: the centrality of the supervisory alliance, the recognition that learning takes place in a relational context, the emphasis on the supervisor’s (and therapist’s) use of the self, and the importance of maintaining an ongoing awareness of relational patterns being enacted by both supervisee and supervisor. Chapters present masterful overviews of a range of important areas including: mindfulness in CAT supervision, the CAT supervisory relationship, the health of the CAT supervisor, and supervision of CAT therapists working with borderline personality disorder. This book will be appreciated by CAT therapists, CAT supervisors, and both therapists and supervisors practicing a wide range of other therapeutic modalities as well.' - Jeremy D. Safran, Ph.D., Chair & Professor of Psychology, The New School for Social Research

    'This book makes a very useful contribution to the field of Supervision, showing how the integrative and relational approach of Cognitive Analytic Therapy can be applied to Supervision. Supervisors of all traditions will find value in many of the thoughtful and reflective chapters in this book.' - Professor Peter Hawkins, Lead Author of Supervision in the Helping Professions and many other books (www.renewalassociates.co.uk)

    Cognitive Analytic Supervision makes a significant contribution to the literature on supervision. The first book to be written about supervision from a Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) perspective, it brings the reader the most contemporary information about working with relational processes in supervision. With multi-professional contributions from experienced therapists, trainers, researchers, supervisors and supervisees, this is an invaluable resource for CAT practitioners and trainees as well as for those working within other models of psychotherapy. Use of clinical and supervision examples from a wide range of settings makes the material highly accessible in a way that readily can be applied.’ - Linda Steen, Clinical Director, Clinical Psychology Doctoral Programme, The University of Manchester, co-author of Fleming, I. and Steen, L. eds., 2013. Supervision and clinical psychology: Theory, practice and perspectives. (Routledge)