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 around 1000 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: Working with varieties of narcissism in therapy - offered by Map and Talk
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CAT Introductory Event: ACAT: Two Day Introduction to CAT - Online
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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:Click for details

Email:admin@acat.me.uk

Office Hours:Monday to Friday
9am to 5pm

Our Next 16 Events

20th January 2022
Working with varieties of narcissism in therapy - offered by Map and Talk

26th January 2022
ACAT: Two Day Introduction to CAT - Online

16th February 2022
ACAT: Two Day Introduction to CAT - Online

4th March 2022
CAT and EMDR - offered by Sussex Partnership NHS FT

16th March 2022
CAT Supervisor CPD and Supervisor Training: Module 4

23rd March 2022
ACAT: Trainers and Supervisors Meeting

30th March 2022
ACAT: Two Day Introduction to CAT - Online

1st April 2022
Brighton CAT Practitioner Training

1st April 2022
Race and Racism Power and Powerlessness in CAT Clinical Practice

6th April 2022
ACAT: Relational Skills in CAT Supervision Residential

6th April 2022
ACAT: Relational Skills in CAT Supervision Residential

12th April 2022
CAT East/NSFT CAT Practitioner Training

26th May 2022
26th ACAT National Conference 2022

27th May 2022
Annual General Meeting

2nd September 2022
South Wales CAT Practitioner Training 2022-2024

6th October 2022
Catalyse CAT Practitioner Training 2022-2024

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