Therapy and the family court process
Overview of workshop
With cognitive analytic therapy now frequently recommended for parents by family courts and local authorities, the workshop offers an opportunity to learn about commissioning and delivery of CAT for carers within these systems.
It is co-facilitated by a CAT practitioner and expert witness for family courts, a mother who had CAT within court proceedings and a children’s social worker. We provide an opportunity for discussion of the dilemmas and opportunities in this growth area.
The day aims to help participants:
- Develop their awareness of the parent’s lived experience of child protection process and court, and how this can impact on their relational patterns with professionals.
- Consider how CAT can inform child protection, including in pre-proceeding work, expert witness work, delivery of CAT within family court process and after proceedings have concluded.
- Increase understanding of often recommended therapy modalities, timing of therapy, what can be expected of therapy and commissioning considerations for therapy within the safeguarding arena and family court proceedings.
- Understand key issues in commissioning CAT and for therapists to consider in their contract.
- Understand multiple systems surrounding the therapy, including the local authority safeguarding process, legislation, and timing and role therapy and therapist may play within these.
- To consider possible multiagency and relational dilemmas and traps within court directed therapy. We will consider how to understand and navigate these within a CAT framework with an emphasis on empowering participants to co-create formulations and exits using case material.
Specifically, the day offers therapy providers opportunity to:
- learn how to recognise the needs and influences of local authorities and legal process, and how to work effectively within them
- gain increased confidence and ability to engage with an often disadvantaged population that struggle to access CAT as required by court
It offers social workers and commissioners the opportunity to:
- develop understanding of different therapy modalities and what can be realistically expected of therapy in the safeguarding process
- gain ability to identify how and when CAT might be useful for enhancing working with parents or increasing their ability to parent
The day aims to enhance the ability of all participants to:
- commission and contract therapy safely and cost-effectively
- engage with carers and nurture hope within and after trauma
- understand common problematic procedures and dilemmas presenting in therapy
- appreciate CAT mapping and formulation techniques
Who is it for?
The event will be relevant for qualified and trainee CAT therapists (practitioner and psychotherapist level), and other qualified and trainee therapists. It will also inform the perspectives of expert witnesses from a range of disciplines including psychiatry.
Additionally, the day is intended for a broader audience of those working within local authority children’s social care settings and the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass), including social workers, local authority managers, commissioning managers, and independent reviewing officers (IROs).
Tickets are available at catalyse.uk.com.
Hosted by Lynn Findlay
Lynn is a counsellor and psychotherapist, and a keen runner who is passionate about movement for mental health. Lynn currently works in counselling private practice, with adults and young people, as well as undertaking independent social work and training. She has many years’ experience designing and delivering training in social care and therapy.