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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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

Our Next 21 Events

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25-01-19 Public Engagement MeetingHow well do we communicate about Cognitive Analytic Therapy? This is the second of two public engagement meetings, the first having taken place in Manchester in October. The meeting will be informed by further responses to our anonymous survey whi...

02-02-19 Understanding and resolving ruptures - an online event offered by Become PsychologyUnderstanding and resolving ruptures in the therapeutic relationship: a practical skills interactive webinar. ~ Workshop presented by Dr Robert Watson, Clinical Psychologist, Accredited Cognitive Analytic Therapist & Supervisor, and Vice-Chair o...

01-03-19 Research Day - organised jointly by ACAT and Catalyse#CATres19 The second, joint, one day Research Conference organised byACAT and Catalyse The Research Journey from Start to Finish – Motivating to Motivated Venue: Institute of Biomedical Science, 12 Coldbath Square, London, EC1R 5HL Overvie...

06-03-19 ACAT: Two Day Introduction to CAT#ACATIntro0319 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. Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th March ...

15-03-19 Somerset CAT Practitioner Training 2019 2021This is a two-year in-service training leading to accreditation as a CAT Practitioner by the Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy (ACAT). This course enables staff already qualified in a core caring profession or with psychological therapy exp...

15-03-19 ACAT: CAT for psychosis: a relational approach#ACATrelpsy19 Date: Friday 15th March 2019 Times: 9:30am - 4.00pm Location: Institute of Biomedical Science, 12 Coldbath Square, London, EC1R 5HL Overview / aims To consider how we might use a CAT framework to refo...

27-03-19 Trainers and Supervisors Meeting#ACATtrain19 ACAT's Annual Meeting of Trainers and Supervisors Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th March 2018 St Anne's College, University of Oxford, OX2 6HS From 12 noon on Wednesday to 4.30pm Thursday The meeting, in its inspiring and we...

29-03-19 ACAT: CAT with Couples#ACATcoup19 Times: 9:30am – 4:30pm Venue: Institute of Biomedical Science, 12 Coldbath Square, London, EC1R 5HL Overview and aims This day is aimed at individual and couple therapists who would like to work within a CAT model as well as at ...

29-03-19 Forensic CAT Conference - offered by Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Trust (TEWV)Shared Thinking Space: Innovations in Reflective Practice in Forensic Settings Friday 29th March 2019 #CATfor19 Hosted by Ridgeway Hospital, Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Trust (TEWV) The Grand, York 9am-5pm with lunch and refreshments provided...

05-04-19 States and Self States - offered by CatalyseStates, Self-states & State Shifts: mapping & working with complexity using CAT’s Multiple Self States Model A one-day workshop led by Sarah Littlejohn and Dawn Bennett #CATmssm19 Overview of workshop: Individual clinicians and team...

08-04-19 Relational Skills in CAT Supervision ResidentialACAT Relational Skills in CAT Supervision Residential Holland House, Main Street, Cropthorne, Pershore, WR10 3NB 4.30 pm Monday 8th April to 3.00 pm Wednesday 10th April 2019 Cost: £330 online booking / £345 cheque or invoiced booking ...

17-05-19 ACAT: Embodied Presence and the Observing SelfEmbodied Presence and the Observing Self Regulating Affect, Processing Experience and Enhancing Inner Attunement Based on practices used with patients derived from the published work of psychotherapists informed by interpersonal neurobiology #ACAT...

17-05-19 One day conference celebrating 25 years of CAT Practitioner Training in the North - Catalyse#CAT25conf Catalyse invites you to celebrate 25 years of CAT Practitioner Training in the North One day conference on Friday 17th May 2019 Chancellors Hotel & Conference Centre, Manchester This one day conference aims to share, acknowledge and ...

04-06-19 ACAT: 2 Day Introduction to CATMore information to follow...

13-06-19 Working with Unmanageable Feelings - offered by Catalyse#CATUM19 Presenters: Glenys Parry and Marisol Cavieres Venue: Chancellor's, Manchester More information to follow...

13-09-19 ACAT Annual General Meeting 2019The 2019 ACAT Annual General Meeting will be held in London during the ACAT Annual Conference on Friday, 13th September 2019. Details will be added to the website once confirmed. Items for the agenda to be received by 19th July 2019 ...

13-09-19 25th National ACAT Conference #ACATconf19 'Integrating Trauma Developments into CAT' More information to follow in due course - save the date!...

26-09-19 2 Day Introduction to CAT - offered by CollaborateFurther details will be published once confirmed....

01-10-19 South Wales CAT Practitioner Training 2019 - 2021Advance Notice A two-year South Wales CAT Practitioner Training is planned to start in September 2019. Full details will be added to the websie once confirmed. Applications will be invited from March 2019 but please contact Clare Fisher, Course Dir...

01-10-19 Brighton CAT Practitioner Training 2019 - 2021Cognitive analytic therapy is a time limited psychotherapy (normally 16 to 24 sessions) which integrates theories derived from cognitive psychology, psychoanalytic psychotherapy (mainly object relations) and ideas derived from Vygotsky and Bakhtin. C...

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...

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