We are looking for new members of ACAT’s Ethics Committee. Specifically we are seeking lay members, who are not therapists. Lay members may come from any walk of life, any profession, or no profession at all.
We are particularly keen to enlist people from a diversity of ethnic backgrounds, as we are currently underrepresented in that area. We have noted this to be an issue within our committee, and we would like to address that.
ACAT stands for the Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy (ACAT), and we are a registered charity. We oversee and accredit education and training in cognitive analytic therapy (CAT) in the UK. In addition, we promote good practice and proper standards in this form of therapy. We also aim to increase awareness and understanding of cognitive analytic therapy amongst the public, service providers and health professionals.
We are one of the organisational members of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). Our membership stands at about 1000 CAT therapists and trainees.
The ACAT Ethics Committee is a small group of people who meet regularly to consider any concerns or complaints about CAT training, supervision or practice. Both a professional CAT therapist and a lay member chair the Committee jointly. The committee reports to ACAT’s Board of Trustees and Council of Management.
We may receive concerns or complaints from members of the public, or ACAT members, about difficulties they have experienced during therapy, supervision or training.
We follow ACAT’s Concerns and Compliants Procedure. This may involve:
All members of the Ethics Committee need to be able to stay neutral and objective when dealing with concerns or complaints. They need to be able to hear all sides of an issue. Also, they need to remain compassionate and fair to all parties. These qualities help to make sure a fair hearing is given to both the person making the complaint (“complainant”), and the person being complained about.
We particularly value lay members as they can represent an outside perspective on the world of therapy, and what may go wrong.
The following gives a more specific idea of the skills needed and the commitment required.
Members of the Ethics Committee are required to:
As required, and as laid out in ACAT’s Concerns and Complaints Procedure, lay members may need to
In a panel chair role, we would require you to
The members of the Ethics committee should
You may have particular skills or experience that are very relevant or valued in this role. For example, you may have had a CAT therapy yourself in the past. Or you may have experience of the justice system, or of working with charitable organisations.
We offer an honorarium of £350 per annum plus travel expenses if needed.
We would love to hear from you if you are interested. However you might want to find out more to help you get a better understanding of the work involved. If so, we could arrange for you to talk to a current member of the Ethics Committee. Hopefully this would help you decide whether or not to make a formal application.
All you need to do is send us
Please send your application to us by the 30th September 2023.
If you are shortlisted, we would contact you to arrange a short interview. This could take place face to face, or more likely, over Zoom.
Please contact Maria Cross, our Administrative Manager, in the first instance.
ACAT Administration Manager – Maria Cross | Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (9am to 5pm); Thursday (9am to 12.30) – firstname.lastname@example.org | 07598 725 789
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