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.

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CPD Event: 3rd CAT Cumbria Event
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Ethics Panel, London
Exam Board, London
Training Committee, London
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CPD Event: Working Collaboratively with Medically Unexplained Symptoms - offered by CAT South
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CPD Event: The 5-Session CAT Approach - offered by Catalyse
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Contact Details

ACAT Administration Manager:Susan Van Baars

Administrators:Maria Cross
Alison Marfell

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 Thursday
9am to 5pm

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30-10-17 The 5-Session CAT Approach - offered by Catalyse#CATfive217 Course information: The course is specifically focused on building understanding and skills in using this application of CAT. It aims to: • Enhance understanding and skills to help work with service users who are unable to make us...

01-11-17 Dorset CAT Practitioner TrainingDorset CAT Practitioner Training November 2017 – October 2019 CAT is a time-limited therapy, normally 16 to 24 sessions, which integrates theories derived from cognitive psychology, and psychoanalytic therapy. It involves developing an active...

03-11-17 ACAT: CAT & Embodiment#ACATemb17 Embodiment, therapeutic space and reducing therapist fatigue This workshop is an exploration of how we may begin creatively to use engagement with our own embodiment as therapists to free up stuck or overwhelming process with challenging...

09-11-17 CAT 2 Day Introductory Workshop - offered by NTW NHS Foundation TrustCOGNITIVE ANALYTIC THERAPY (CAT) 2-DAY INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP THU 9th & FRI 10th NOVEMBER 2017 9.30am – 4.00pm Provided by NTW Cognitive Analytic Therapy Service, Centre for Specialist Psychological Therapies, Northumberland, Tyne & W...

17-11-17 Working with Self-Harm - A relational approach - offered by CatalyseWorking with self-harm: a relational approach A 1-day workshop led by Clive Turpin and Cheryl Delisser Event Hashtag: #CATshr17 Booking options now open Overview of workshop: People who self-harm can present in many health settings from general ...

19-11-17 Developing Embodied Awareness: A short residential course - offered by Caroline DowerDeveloping Embodied Awareness: A short residential course Sunday 19th to 21st November 2017, Shepherds Dene, Riding Mill, Northumberland Caroline Dower is repeating this well-received workshop, first offered in April 2016. In all relational mode...

28-11-17 Applying CAT in Physical Healthcare Settings - offered by MCAT/PhysCATApplying Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) in Physical Healthcare Settings An MCAT (Midlands CAT)/PhysCAT CPD and Special Interest Day Tuesday 28th November 2017 – 9.30am – 4.30pm (9.15am Registration) QEHB Postgraduate Centre, Mindelso...

30-11-17 2-day workshop in CAT Supervision - offered by Catalyse#CATsup17 Catalyse is offering an intensive 2-day Supervision Workshop for those who are in the processing of becoming ACAT accredited supervisors, those who are considering this step or those wanting to improve their CAT supervision skills. It form...

30-11-17 YouthCAT CPD and AGMYouthCAT CPD event & AGM CAT: REINTEGRATING YOUTH ALL LEVELS EVENT WHEN 30th November 2017 09:30 – 16:00 WHERE Best Western Plus Peterborough Orton Hall Hotel & Spa The Village, Orton Longueville, Peterborough PE2 7DN CONTACT - for...

08-12-17 Our Relational Selves, Narcissistic Wounding & CAT - offered by CAT South WestCAT South West CPD Event Exeter Community Centre Friday 8th December 2017 - 9.30am - 4.30pm Our Relational Selves, Narcissistic Wounding and CAT: An embodied and theoretical exploration Facilitated by Tim Sheard CAT psychotherapist and trainer Thi...

15-12-17 CAT and the Neurosciences - offered by the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation TrustCognitive Analytic Therapy CPD Afternoon - 12.00 to 5.00 pm #CATinSussexNS Our aim is to help us be more aware of how the neurosciences can inform our practice of psychotherapy and what we notice and reflect on during it, and how they can help us u...

01-01-18 Inter-Regional Residential ACAT Psychotherapy Training in CAT (IRRAPT)Inter-Regional Residential ACAT Psychotherapy Training (IRRAPT) in Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) 2018 - 2019 Closing Date for Applications extended for a short period with interviews in week commencing 13 November 2017 Organised by The Associati...

16-01-18 CAT East/NSFT CAT Practitioner TrainingA Two year Cognitive Analytic Therapy Practitioner Training Course offered by CAT East / Norfolk & Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust Accredited by the Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy (ACAT) This course commences in January 2018, with ele...

25-01-18 Catalyse CAT Skills Case Management TrainingCatalyse CAT Skills Case Management Training 2018 CAT skills Case management Course: working with complex clients (Including but not limited to adult mental health and forensic settings) Dr Marisol Cavieres and Dr Karen Shannon Accredited CAT ther...

05-07-18 24th Annual ACAT Conference 2018ACAT's 2018 National Conference will be held at Keele University 5-7 July 2018. Further details shortly Call for Conference Programme Organisers 2018: Our thoughts have already turned to next year’s conference which is being held Thursda...

06-07-18 ACAT's Annual General Meeting 2018ACAT's AGM 2018 will be held within the National Conference 2018 on Friday, 6 July 2018. Further details in due course...

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