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 February
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CPD Event: CPD Day offered by CAT Scotland
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CPD Event: How to run a successful private practice: all you need to know - offered by Become Psychology
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CAT Introductory Event: ACAT: Two Day Introduction to CAT
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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 25 Events

28th February 2020
ACAT: Two Day Introduction to CAT

28th February 2020
How to run a successful private practice: all you need to know - offered by Become Psychology

10th March 2020
Equality and Diversity SIG Meeting

12th March 2020
CAT 2 Day Introductory Workshop - offered by CNTW NHS Foundation Trust

13th March 2020
An Introduction to Cognitive Analytic Therapy - offered by Sussex Partnership NHS Trust

16th March 2020
Reflective Practice Workshop - offered by TEWV

17th March 2020
Forensic CAT Conference - offered by TEWV

20th March 2020
IRRAPT Fundraising Workshop - offered by Cheryl Delisser and Clive Turpin

21st March 2020
How to run a successful private practice: all you need to know - offered by Become Psychology

25th March 2020
Considering the Adolescent Self in Working with Adults using CAT - offered by the CAT SW SIG

26th March 2020
ACAT: Trainers and Supervisors Meeting

30th March 2020
TAST SIG

17th April 2020
Introduction to Cognitive Analytic Therapy: A three day course - offered by Norfolk and Suffolk NHS

22nd April 2020
ACAT: Relational Skills in CAT Supervision Residential

22nd April 2020
ACAT: Relational Skills in CAT Supervision Residential

24th April 2020
ACAT: Embodied CAT and Trauma

25th April 2020
7th CAT Cumbria Event

29th April 2020
Introduction to CAT - offered by Jurai Darongkamas and Jeanette McLoughlin

1st May 2020
Inter-Regional Residential ACAT Psychotherapy Training in Cognitive Analytic Therapy

4th May 2020
ACAT: Negotiating the therapeutic alliance

9th July 2020
26th ACAT National Conference 2020

10th July 2020
Annual General Meeting 2020

25th September 2020
Polyvagal theory, oxytocin and neurobiology of love - offered by ITACAT

1st October 2020
South London CAT Practitioner 2020 - 2022

1st October 2020
Catalyse CAT Practitioner Training 2020-2022

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