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 January
2828th January 2020
CPD Event: The Cognitive Analytic Approach in Physical Health Conditions - offered by Catalyse

Contact Details

ACAT Administration Manager:Maria Cross

ACAT Administrator:Alison Marfell

ACAT Financial Administrator:Louise Barter

Postal Address:ACAT
PO Box 6793
United Kingdom

Phone:+44(0) 1305 263 511


Office Hours:Monday to Friday
9am to 5pm

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28-01-20 The Cognitive Analytic Approach in Physical Health Conditions - offered by CatalyseA one day workshop led by Glenys Parry and Alison Jenaway Hashtag #CAThealth20 Date: Tuesday 28 January 2020 Time: 9:30am to 4:30pm Venue: Lecture Hall, Aintree University Hospital, Liverpool L9 7AL Fee: £120 (please note an additional £...

13-02-20 CPD Day offered by CAT ScotlandUniversity of Glasgow (Sir Alwyn Williams Building) 9.30 for 10.00 am start, ending at 3.30, and followed by the CAT Scotland AGM Professor Helen Minnis (University of Glasgow Department of Child and Adolescent Mental Health) will speak on 'Mal...

24-02-20 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. Workshop presented by Dr Robert Watson, Clinical Psychologist, Accredited Cognitive Analytic Therapist & Supervisor, & Vice-Chair of the Association for Cognitive Analytic Thera...

28-02-20 ACAT: Two Day Introduction to CAT#ACATIntro0220 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. Friday 28th and Saturday 29th Februar...

28-02-20 How to run a successful private practice: all you need to know - offered by Become Psychology~ Workshop presented by Dr Robert Watson, Clinical Psychologist, Accredited Cognitive Analytic Therapist & Supervisor, & Vice-Chair of the Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy. ~ Relevant for Clinical/Counselling Psychologists, and Psy...

10-03-20 Equality and Diversity SIG MeetingThe next Equality and Diversity SIG meeting is on the 10th of March at 2pm at Training Room, 1st Floor Munro Centre 66 Snowsfields London SE1 3SS All welcome, please email Lorrain Lorrain.McPherson@slam.nhs.uk to confirm attendance....

12-03-20 CAT 2 Day Introductory Workshop - offered by CNTW NHS Foundation TrustThursday 12th & Friday 13th March 2020 9.30am – 4pm Provided by CNTW Cognitive Analytic Therapy Service, Centre for Specialist Psychological Therapies, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust VENUE: Training Room 1, Benfield...

16-03-20 Reflective Practice Workshop - offered by TEWVShared Thinking Space: Developing Reflective Mapping Skills Facilitated by Steve Potter and Jenny Marshall Venue: Radisson Blu, Durham This one day workshop offers a reflective space for clinicians working with teams and organisations. The day wil...

17-03-20 Forensic CAT Conference - offered by TEWVInnovations in Working with Offenders: Using a Cognitive Analytic Model Hosted by Ridgeway Hospital, Tees Esk and Wear Valley NHS Trust (TEWV) Venue: Radisson Blu, Durham This one day conference considers how Cognitive Analytic Therapy can enable...

26-03-20 Trainers and Supervisors MeetingMore information to follow, potential venue currently being investigated....

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...

24-04-20 ACAT: Embodied CAT and TraumaEmbodied CAT and Trauma: Safe Trauma Processing, Inner Attunement and the Development of the Adult Self Presented by John Bristow #CATtrauma20 Date: Friday 24th April 2020 Times: 10 am to 5 pm Cost: ACAT Member &pou...

25-04-20 7th CAT Cumbria EventCAT CUMBRIA aims to increase access to CAT in the Lake District and be a support network for CAT therapists in rural areas. Date & Time: Saturday. April 25th, 2020, 10am – 4.30pm. Venue: Hawkshead, near Ambleside. Overlooking fells and Es...

29-04-20 Introduction to CAT - offered by Jurai Darongkamas and Jeanette McLoughlinTime: 9.30am – 4.30pm Venue: St Martin in the Bull Ring (De bermingham room), Central Birmingham, B5 5BB (1 minute from the Bull/market, a 5 min walk from New Street/Moor Street Stations or Digbeth Coach Station, just by the multi-storey car pa...

01-05-20 Inter-Regional Residential ACAT Psychotherapy Training in Cognitive Analytic TherapyInter-Regional Residential ACAT Psychotherapy Training in Cognitive Analytic Therapy Applications are invited for the next intake of the Inter-Regional Residential ACAT Psychotherapy Training in Cognitive Analytic Therapy, starting in May 2020. Thi...

09-07-20 26th ACAT National Conference 2020#ACATconf20 'Connections, Conflicts and CAT' Now open for Early Bird Booking! Venue: Grand Hotel, Gosforth Park More information to follow. Visit the 'ACAT Conference' area of the website for updates - this can be found via the ma...

10-07-20 Annual General Meeting 2020Advance notice of the ACAT Annual General Meeting 2020 This will be held on Friday, 10th July 2020 at Grand Hotel Gosforth Park, High Gosforth Park, Newcastle, NE3 5HN Items for the agenda to be received by Friday, 15th May 2020. Any queries, plea...

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

01-10-20 Catalyse CAT Practitioner Training 2020-2022Manchester based CAT Practitioner training 2 year course This is a two year training comprising a combination of workshops or training days, seminars, peer group work, personal learning, supervision, clinical practice and personal therapy. Experient...


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