Using an integrative, Cognitive Analytical Therapy (CAT) approach to treat intimate partner violence risk

Tully, Ruth and Barrow, Alex (2017) Using an integrative, Cognitive Analytical Therapy (CAT) approach to treat intimate partner violence risk. Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research, 9 (2). pp. 128-140. ISSN 2042-8715

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Aims: There is limited research on Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) in forensic contexts; this case study therefore significantly contributes to the knowledge base. This case study presents the assessment and treatment of an adult male offender with a diagnosis of schizophrenia. The client’s offence involved intimate partner violence and was committed at a time of acute psychiatric relapse.

Method: Twelve sessions of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and CAT informed treatment were individually designed to meet the needs of the client, delivered in an in-patient setting in the UK. The client’s progress was assessed using psychometric, observational, and narrative/descriptive methods.

Results: Psychometric evidence was limited by distorted responding. However, narrative/descriptive assessment indicated that progress had been made in some areas.

Recommendations for further treatment were made.

Conclusions: Twelve sessions did not meet all of the client’s needs. The use of CAT as a model that his team could use in understanding his violence was conducive to risk management. Overall, insight gained through CAT based psychological intervention contributed to risk reduction.

Originality: This case study demonstrates the applicability of CAT to forensic settings

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Cognitive Analytic Therapy, Violence, Risk, Treatment, Intimate Partner Violence, Offender
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Medicine
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Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2016 10:46
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 18:34

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