5th International Conference in Málaga – October 2013

5th International Conference – October 2013

Hosted jointly by the International Cognitive Analytic Therapy Association (ICATA) and the nascent Spanish Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy (APCAE).

Mental Health in a Changing World

Thursday 3rd to Saturday 5th October 2013
With a Spanish Pre-Conference series of training workshops on Thursday 3rd October

The 5th international conference took place in the welcoming city of Malaga in the South of Spain. At the hotel and conference venue by the sea we welcomed all those from the CAT world, from beginners to the highly experienced.

  • The conference themes were: values in CAT; personality disorder; therapeutic change; trauma and relationships; therapeutic tools and the process of change; working together across boundaries of culture, profession and model.
  • The main language of the conference was English. The Friday plenaries and the Friday International Round Table were also simultaneously translated into Spanish.


Prof Dieter Herman: Panel Study with Children: The Transmission of Social Values

Dr James Low: The Space in the Therapeutic Encounter and the Site of Identity in a Time of Change

Dr Carlos Mirapeix: Change mechanisms in CAT for Personality Disorders

Dr Jason Hepple: Austerity, Threats and Division; a relational reformulation of the European Crisis

Dr Andrew Chanen & Louise McCutcheon: Families And Young People

Mr Steve Potter: Working with Feeling Different- Mapping the Experience of Being an Outsider

Ms Liz McCormick: Self Care & Nourishment for Therapists

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Topics and sessions included:

  • Using CAT for consultation and change in organizations and teams
  • Psychotherapeutic responses to economic and political crisis
  • Bringing theory alive: a wide range of experiential workshops
  • CAT’s version of mentalisation, metacognition and levels of affect regulation
  • What to do in the ‘middle of a CAT therapy’
  • Evaluating change in CAT: symptom relief or therapeutic understanding
  • CAT over the lifespan: Adolescence, Adulthood, Older Age
  • Values in the consulting room: personal, cultural, social and spiritual


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