Lapsed Accredited Membership of ACAT - and how to rejoin

Information and arrangements for accredited members whose membership has lapsed and who wish to re-join ACAT

1.  Rejoining Process 
2.  Fees Payable
3.  Rejoining Membership
4.  Practice Terms whilst Lapsed, Non-Practising or a Re-joining Member

1.  Re-joining Process for CAT Therapists / Practitioners and Psychotherapists

We are always pleased to welcome back to ACAT those people whose membership has lapsed (ie longer than the current membership year) and we hope you will find ACAT’s re-joining process as straight-forward as possible.  This process is in place to ensure that those returning to CAT and ACAT membership are fully up to speed with current CAT thinking, supervision and CPD so that training and practice standards are maintained. 

If your membership has lapsed, please in the first instance contact the ACAT office by email (alison.marfell@acat.me.uk)   Alison will send you information about ACAT’s re-joining process, ACAT’s CPD and supervision policies and a re-joining form asking about any CAT activity during the period of lapse together with future plans for practice, CPD and supervision.  On receipt, this information will be forwarded to the Chair of the Exam Board who is the person in ACAT with responsibility for membership.

Once reviewed, if the lapsed member is considered fully “up to speed” on CAT practice, CPD and supervision, approval will be given for full membership re-instatement (please see section 2 - fees payable). 

If it is considered that the member is not fully meeting membership requirements then a rejoining plan with a planned completion date will be agreed. The member would then become a “Re-joining Member” until the objectives of the plan are met and full membership reinstatement is approved.  During this time, the Re-joining Member will be listed on ACAT’s Register of Members (publicly available) but within the “Rejoining Members” Section separate to the Psychotherapist / Practitioner listings. They will not be eligible for the Private Practice (Find a Therapist or Find a Supervisor) list during this time. 
 

2.  Re-joining Fees Payable

At this stage, once either full membership reinstatement or re-joining membership is agreed, membership fees become payable.  ACAT adopts a continuous membership approach for maintenance of training and practice standards and our policy with regards to those re-joining is as follows:

For those whose membership has lapsed one or two years, each year is fully back-payable.  Therefore,
For Practitioners, the fee due will be 1 or 2 times the annual membership fee valid at the time dependent on the period of lapse:  ie 2 x £93 = £186
For Psychotherapists, the fee will be 1 or 2 times the annual membership fee valid at the time dependent on the period of lapse:  ie 2 x £157 = £314

For those whose membership has lapsed three or more years there is a capped flat fee charged to cover the whole lapsed period:
For Practitioners:  £210
For Psychotherapists:  £350

Please note:  these fees are as 17 February 2017 and will be adjusted if membership fees generally change.
 

3.  Re-Joining Membership

For “Re-joining Members” ie those who are required to complete the requirements of a re-joining plan working towards full membership, the member will contact ACAT once s/he feels requirements are met (within the plan period).  The Chair of the Exam Board will audit and review and if approval is given then the member will gain full membership and be listed in the Register of Members.  If it is felt further activity may be required then a revised plan and completion date will be agreed.  It is anticipated that any re-joining plan and extended re-joining plan will be fully completed and approved within a year of commencement. 
 

4.  Practice Terms whilst Re-joining or Lapsed

Practice Terms for those with a lapse of two years or less:
For those with membership fully reinstated within two years of lapse then the two years’ back-payment of fees ensures continuous membership and all work, training etc during that time can be counted as if a full member.  Training of self and others during the current year of full membership reinstatement will be fully included.

Practice Terms for those with a lapse of three years or more:
For those with membership fully reinstated but with a lapse of three or more years, then any work / training during the period of lapse over two years cannot be counted.  The payment of the capped flat fee ensures that work, training etc during the most recent two years of lapse will be counted as a full member.  Training of self and others during the current year of full membership reinstatement will be fully included.

Re-joining Members:  Terms
The Re-joining Member will be listed on ACAT’s Register of Members (publicly available) but within the “Rejoining Members” Section separate to the Psychotherapist / Practitioner listings. They will not be eligible for the Private Practice (Find a Therapist or Find a Supervisor) list during this time.  

 

It is important to note that whilst lapsed, in a non-practising period or when a re-joining member ie not a full member of ACAT:

1.  You may not make any claim or advertisement that you are a member of ACAT, or that any work you do is approved or endorsed by ACAT

2.  Any work you do whilst not a full member of ACAT will not in the future count towards any accreditation you may wish to pursue (eg Psychotherapist or Supervisor accreditation). 

3.  Any work you do whilst not a member of ACAT will not count towards others' accreditations (eg, if you supervise or train (in any capacity) any CAT Practitioner, Psychotherapist, Supervisor or Skills trainees, or offer training therapies).

 

Please do not hesitate to contact ACAT Administration if you have any queries.
alison.marfell@acat.me.uk
Tel:  01305 263511

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ACAT Administration Manager:Susan Van Baars

Administrators:Maria Cross
Alison Marfell

Postal Address:ACAT
PO Box 6793
Dorchester
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United Kingdom

Phone:+44(0) 1305 263 511

Email:admin@acat.me.uk

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