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Developing a Practice Research Network (PRN) for Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) concerning the treatment of Personality Disorder

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

Cognitive analytic therapy (CAT) is a brief integrative psychotherapy developed for use in the public sector. CAT is practised around the world and is used primarily to treat complex mental health disorders in Secondary Care settings. The evidence base for CAT is building and there is a need to supplement this work with evidence from delivery in routine practice contexts. This project would concern the development and evaluation of a practice research network of CAT therapists around the world evaluating outcomes for patients with personality disorder. Practice research networks (PRNs) support the implementation of evidence-based practice in routine services and generate practice-based evidence. The PhD would involve developing the structure, processes and capturing outcomes from a new PRN for the Association of Cognitive Analytic Therapists (ACAT). Challenges of the project will include ethical approval, governance processes, communication across multiple stakeholders, time management and linking outcome data. The applicant will need to be collaborative in their approach, able to engage with research leads in organisations, and be an effective discriminator and leader. The PhD will enable a system to be established that will remain after the PhD is completed and will support therapists around the world in their work with CAT.

Funding Notes

Self funded or sponsored students only

NB The University has some scholarships under competition - application deadline is 29 January 2020 at 5pm. More details can be found - View Website

Start dates are October and March yearly

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