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CCATS are pleased to announce the development of a new a virtual wellbeing centre which offers a series of webinars for organisations who employ individuals who may have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Statistics indicate that over 90% of employees within the United Kingdom have faced challenges to their wellbeing in 2020 alone. Many employers have reported a general decline in the emotional and physical wellbeing of their employees as a result of Covid-19.

At CCATS, we believe in evidence-based service provision by experienced professionals. As an organisation employing many primary caregivers, we recognise the value of educational providers. Furthermore, we recognise the valuable contributions of those working in health and social care, and businesses that support communities in various ways at both a local and national level. With this in mind, the series of wellbeing webinars have been specifically designed to be affordable, accessible and flexible, without compromising on standard.

The seminars will be delivered by experienced Psychologists and Therapists who have a wealth of experience delivering training and working across a range of sectors and specialised services. The live online sessions will include the provision of psychoeducation, practical evidence-based strategies, a resource booklet, and an opportunity for reflection/discussion.

The webinars will be delivered across a range of days and times to suit. Session dates and times are available on Eventbrite.

For more details about the virtual wellbeing centre and to view the available courses, please click here.

Online Training via Zoom
9th November 2020, 9.30am – 4pm, UK time
Cost: £48 (Including VAT)
Email for bookings:

CCATS are excited to offer training for individuals who work directly with victims of IPV, or those who expect to in the future. It will also be helpful for individuals who do not work directly with victims but wish to develop their knowledge on IPV. Specifically, it will cover:

  • What Intimate Partner Violence is.
  • The background of Intimate Partner Violence.
  • Intimate Partner Violence perpetration.
  • Management of abuse within abusive relationships.
  • Methods to support victims of Intimate Partner Violence.

The training aims to increase individuals’ understanding of the theory that underpins IPV perpetration and how abusive behaviours are managed by those in the abusive relationships. It also aims to develop individuals’ knowledge and confidence in skills that can be applied when working with victims effectively.

For bookings, please email:

Tom Nally, one of our Forensic Psychologists in Training, is currently looking for participants to complete his PhD research.

He is conducting a series of studies that will build a model of victim safety strategies. This particular study would like to recruit individuals who have experienced intimate partner violence (or domestic violence) but are not currently in an abusive relationship.

For queries relating to the study, please contact Tom at

In light of the ongoing Covid-19 (coronavirus) situation, CCATS have been involved in establishing a new online support hub for those affected by the pandemic, with colleagues from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

The new hub provides online support and advice for frontline workers, their families, care home workers and military support personnel. Initially, this support will be focused on those living in north west England. The hub provides tiered support, which varies from providing relaxation techniques over video conferencing (tier 1), to more enhanced EMDR therapy for those experiencing acute distress as a result of the pandemic (tier 2).

CCATS was involved in setting up the service by providing psychological expertise and resources for the hub, and will be the community provider. Members of the CCATS team will be involved in the delivery of the support to individuals at both tiers.

For more information on the hub and the nature of the support available, please click here.

CCATS are pleased to announce that we now offer EMDR therapy online. The sessions would be delivered by one of our experienced EMDR practitioners, who have undertaken training with EMDR UK to facilitate the therapy effectively online.

Delivering therapy online is especially prominent with regards to the current issues relating to COVID-19, and where remote working may be the only option. However, online EMDR therapy could be another option if, for a variety of reasons, you are unable to attend the CCATS offices in-person. The benefits of online EMDR are that CCATS are able to reach a wide range of clients, both nationally and internationally, who would not routinely have the opportunity to access such intervention.

This information from EMDR UK may be helpful if you wish to consider accessing EMDR therapy online with a member of the CCATS team.

If you are interested in finding out more information, please contact Julie Kershaw (

For the second year running, CCATS have won ‘Employer of the Year’ at the Wyre Business Awards! We are honored to win this award again, which reflects the hard work of the team who are delighted with the award. The trophy will take pride of place alongside our 2018 trophy and recent Investors in People win.

The Employer of the Year category is judged in respect of an open and inclusive work culture, inspiring leadership and management, staff training, retention and recruitment, innovative working environment, and encouraging young people to work in the organisation through apprenticeship or training schemes.

The celebration event was attended by over 300 business people from across the Wyre area. The judging panel included Steve Newsham, Reginal Director at The Regenda Group, and Scott Carswell, Site Director at NPL Group Hillhouse Technology Enterprise Zone.

Further details can be found on the Wyre Council website.

We are delighted to announce that CCATS have won the ‘Employer of the Year’ award from Investors in People! CCATS was shortlisted along with 10 other UK organisations for the award, which was announced on 19 November 2019. This award relates to the silver category for organisations of up to 49 people.

Investors in People are an independent not-for-profit organisation who are widely recognised in the UK and internationally for setting people standards in organisations.

This awards marks a significant achievement for the team. Julie Kershaw, CCATS Service Manager, said: “As I said when we found out we had been nominated, this achievement is totally about the CCATS team as a whole and the ethos of our organisation. I am so proud that we, as a team, have achieved this.”

The CCATS win will also feature in the Investors in People newsletter.

We are delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted as a finalist in two categories for the Wyre Business Awards 2019! The Wyre Business Awards celebrate achievement and success among businesses and organisations in the Wyre area.

For the second year running, CCATS have been shortlisted for “Employer of the Year” – in 2018, CCATS won in this category. We are also pleased to have been shortlisted for the “Corporate Social Responsibility Award”, which recognises an organisation’s positive impact in the local community, society or environment, and a strong commitment to social responsibility.

Finalists were chosen from many nominations across 22 award categories. The CCATS team are very proud to have been listed for this award, where people are at the heart of everything we do.

The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony in Fleetwood on 5 December 2019.

Coastal Child and Adult Therapeutic Services are pleased to be holding a free Workshop event: Vicarious Trauma: Supporting Practitioners who work with traumatised clients. The workshop will take place at our Poulton office on Tuesday 19th November. Registration will be at 9:30am for a 10:00am start. The workshop will finish at 2:00pm.

This one day workshop is designed for practitioners who work with people who have experienced trauma, or for anyone who has an interest in this area.

The workshop will be delivered by Sam Keeley, a Forensic Psychologist in Training based at CCATS. Sam works with child, adolescent and adult clients in community services, providing therapeutic intervention and assessment. He also provides consultancy and support services for the residential care sector. He has experience delivering training in this and other areas. He is also an EMDR practitioner.

Coastal Child and Adult Therapeutic Services (CCATS) has been named as a leader in how they support their people to do their best work and go home feeling happier, healthier and stronger.

Being shortlisted in the Employer of the Year: Silver (up to 49 people) category in The Investors in People Awards 2019 is a fantastic achievement and something everyone at Coastal Child and Adult Therapeutic Services (CCATS) is really proud of.

Looking after your people is something that matters to all of us, and that’s why these awards are so special. These are the companies really getting it right. The ones we’re all learning from. The ones with new ideas.

Julie Kershaw, Service Manager at CCATS, commented: “We are really pleased that we have reached the finals, along with only eleven other companies! This achievement is totally about the CCATS team as a whole, the way everyone works together and supports each other and, as always, we can’t thank everyone enough for all their hard work and commitment to CCATS.”

Tickets to the awards ceremony are publicly available on the Investors in People website from the 12th September 2019. The full shortlist and more information about Investors in People can be found on that website.