What is ACAT?

  • ACAT is the Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy. It is a registered charity, number 1141793.
  • ACAT is a national association of members for the development of Cognitive Analytic Therapy. It has a membership of nearly 800 individual members.
  • ACAT’s aims are as follows:

Educating health professionals and promoting proper standards and good practice in  cognitive analytic therapy

Increasing awareness and understanding of cognitive analytic therapy amongst health professionals, service providers and the public

  • Through its aims, ACAT contributes to the development, maintenance and auditing of all CAT training courses and accredits CAT trainees.
  • ACAT facilitates research and the continuing professional development of all its members
  • ACAT is the guardian of standards within CAT, embodied in its Codes of Ethics and Practice and Complaints Procedures.
  • ACAT is a member of the International Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy (ICATA).
  • ACAT is a member of the Humanistic and Integrative College (HIPC) of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).


ACAT and its work as a charity

The Government views charities differently from other organisations – the principal aim being to enable charities to direct as much of the monies they raise or earn towards their chosen causes as set out in the objects clauses of the organisation.

The implications of CAT's aims (or 'objects') as outlined above include the following:

  • Tax:                  Exemption from the payment of tax on most income and gains.
  • Reliefs:            The right to apply for relief of up to 80% of business rates
  • Donations:      Eligibility to receive donations under the Gift Aid or Give As You Earn schemes where the government increases the value of the donation by a fixed percentage.
  • Fundraising:   It can be easier for a charity to raise funds from grant-making trusts and organisations. Additionally, members of the public feel more confident about giving money to a registered charity rather than a commercial organisation.
  • Profile:             Being a registered charity can raise an organisation’s profile and status both with the public and also within its profession. 

The Trustees will be thinking around development and strategy within charitable status.  It is also hoped that we will now be more successful in targeting sources of research funding.

The Charity Commission – notes from their website
“Charities are organisations that benefit the public in a way the law agrees is charitable. Most charities with an annual income of over £5,000 have to register with the Charity Commission. Although charities with an income of £5,000 or less (and some others) don't have to register with us, they still need to abide by charity law and almost all are regulated by us.

“Charities exist to create a better society. The range and scope of their work and the variety of people they help is amazing. Whether working locally, nationally or internationally they have a remarkable history of driving social change. There are some 180,000 charities in England and Wales registered with the Charity Commission, and perhaps another 80,000 that do not have to register (because they are very small, or because they are ‘exempt’ or ‘excepted’. Charities meet all kinds of needs that would otherwise go unmet. One thing they have in common is that they all depend on their trustees.

“Charity trustees are the people who form the governing body or ‘board’ of a charity. They may be called trustees, directors, board members, governors or committee members, but they are the people with ultimate responsibility for directing the business of the charity. Most trustees are volunteers, and receive no payment (except out-of-pocket expenses).”

ACAT welcomes members of the public, health professionals, ACAT accredited professionals, and anyone interested in finding out more about CAT. We hope the Association, through this website and membership opportunities, will inform and inspire and, for those new to Cognitive Analytic Therapy, encourage further interest and, perhaps, even training.

Cognitive Analytic Therapy is an active and collaborative method of therapy and in this same spirit every member of ACAT is welcomed and encouraged to become actively involved in any aspect of the organisation.

ACAT Calendar for September
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1212th September 2019
CPD Event: ACAT: Trauma workshop
CAT Introductory Event: Four Day Introduction to CAT - offered by NHS Lanarkshire Trust
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ACAT AGM: ACAT Annual General Meeting 2019
ACAT Annual Conference: 25th National ACAT Conference
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CPD Event: How to run a successful private practice - offered by Become Psychology
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CAT Introductory Event: Two Day Introduction to CAT - offered by Collaborate
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Contact Details

ACAT Administration Manager:Maria Cross

ACAT Administrator:Alison Marfell

ACAT Financial Administrator:Louise Barter

Postal Address:ACAT
PO Box 6793
Dorchester
DT1 9DL
United Kingdom

Phone:+44(0) 1305 263 511

Email:admin@acat.me.uk

Office Hours:Monday to Friday
9am to 5pm

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21-09-19 How to run a successful private practice - offered by Become PsychologyHow to run a successful private practice: all you need to know - Online webinar This event has sold out. However, Become Psychology are hosting another on Saturday 28th September. Go to https://www.become-psychology-london.co.uk/private-practice-wor...

26-09-19 Two Day Introduction to CAT - offered by CollaborateTwo-day Introduction to Cognitive Analytic Therapy Thursday 26th September and Friday 27th September 2019 CAMBRIDGE 9.30am to 4.30pm each day, lunch included Facilitated by Dr Alison Jenaway, Dr Carol Gregory and Rosemary Parkinson This course t...

01-10-19 South Wales CAT Practitioner Training 2019 - 2021South Wales CAT Practitioner Training 2019 - 2021 Applications are invited for the above course starting in September 2019. For further information and an application pack please email Dr Susie Black: susie@psychsolution.co.uk The closing date is 3...

03-10-19 CAT North/Catalyse CAT Practitioner Training 2019 - 2021The CAT Practitioner course is a two year training for core mental health professionals leading to accreditation and professional membership of the Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy (ACAT) consisting of: Training Days run across two years w...

17-10-19 ACAT: CAT in GroupsWorking with Clients and CAT Reflective Practice #acatgroup19 Presented by Jason Hepple Times: Arrival 9:30am for a 10am start, 4:30pm finish Cost: ACAT Member £110 (online) / £125 (invoice/cheque) | Non–member £125 (onli...

26-10-19 Sex addiction - Interactive Webinar - offered by Become PsychologySex addiction: A relational approach to assessment, formulation, and intervention, and how to engender affirmative sexual desire. Interactive Webinar. ~ Workshop presented by Dr Robert Watson, Clinical Psychologist in Sexual Health, Accredited Cogn...

31-10-19 How to run a successful private practice: all you need to know - offered by Become PsychologyHow to run a successful private practice: all you need to know - Glasgow Workshop Whether you are considering starting private practice, or want to develop your existing private practice, this workshop will equip you with the knowledge and skills ne...

07-11-19 Sex Addiction: a relational approach to assessment, formulation & interventionSex Addiction: A relational approach to assessment, formulation, and intervention - Manchester Workshop - offered by Become Psychology This the fourth run of this workshop. 96% of past participants rated the workshop as excellent. On one level, a...

08-11-19 How to run a successful private practice: all you need to know - offered by Become PsychologyHow to run a successful private practice: all you need to know - Manchester Workshop Whether you are considering starting private practice, or want to develop your existing private practice, this workshop will equip you with the knowledge and skills...

14-11-19 2 day workshop in CAT supervision - offered by Catalyse#CATsup19 Catalyse is offering an intensive 2 day ACAT Accredited Supervision Workshop for those considering training as an ACAT Accredited Supervisor. Attendance at this and a follow up reflective session fulfils the Part 1 ACAT-approved training a...

15-11-19 An Introduction to CAT - offered by the Sussex Partnership NHS FTAn Introduction to Cognitive Analytic Therapy offered by the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust A two-day course for mental health professionals Friday 15th and Saturday 16th November 2019 Conference Room 2, East Brighton Community Mental Hea...

15-11-19 Applying CAT in Physical Healthcare Settings - offered by Midlands CAT and PhysCATIt is increasingly recognised that mental well-being is strongly linked to maintaining physical health and in coping with long-term illness and disability, and that psychological therapy can play a key role in improving outcomes. Cognitive Analytic T...

28-11-19 ACAT: Two Day Introduction to CAT#ACATIntro1119 A two-day introduction to the skills and concepts in practice, led by Steve Potter and Annalee Curran This highly-rated short course is offered by ACAT for people new to the CAT way of working. Thursday 28th and Friday 29th Novembe...

29-11-19 Equality and Diversity WorkshopVenue: The Abbey Centre, 34 Great Smith St, London, SW1P 3BU Further information to follow....

06-12-19 ACAT: CPD for the HeartA day of inner reflection and nourishment for therapists Presented by Annalee Curran and Elizabeth Wilde McCormick #acatheart19 Friday 6th December 2019 Arrival 9:30am for a 10am start, 4:30pm finish. ACAT Member £110 (online) / £12...

07-12-19 Understanding and resolving ruptures in the therapeutic relationship - offered by Become PsychologyUnderstanding and resolving ruptures in the therapeutic relationship: a practical skills interactive webinar. This is the sixth run of this workshop following its successful first run for the West London Mental Health Trust Personality Disorder Serv...

22-04-20 Relational Skills in CAT Supervision ResidentialACAT Relational Skills in CAT Supervision Residential #ACATSup20 Holland House, Main Street, Cropthorne, Pershore, WR10 3NB 4.30 pm Wednesday 22nd April to 3.00 pm Friday 24th April 2020 Cost: £330 online booking / £345 cheque or invo...

09-07-20 26th ACAT National Conference 2020'Connections, Conflicts and CAT' Hold the date! Venue: Grand Hotel, Gosforth Park More information to follow....

01-10-20 South London CAT Practitioner 2020 - 2022Further details will be added to the website once confirmed...

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