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: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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11-09-17 Two day Introduction to Cognitive Analytic Therapy - offered by CollaborateTwo-day Introduction to Cognitive Analytic Therapy #CollabIntro Monday 11th September and Tuesday 12th September 2017 CASS Centre, Cambridge 9.30am to 4.30pm each day, lunch included Facilitated by Dr Alison Jenaway, Dr Carol Gregory and Rosemary P...

15-09-17 ACAT: Two Day Introduction to CAT#ACATintro917 ACAT Introduction to Cognitive Analytic Therapy A two-day introduction to the skills and concepts in practice This highly-rated, short course is offered by ACAT for people new to the CAT way of working Friday, 15th and Saturday, 16t...

15-09-17 A CAT Approach to Organisational Dynamics - offered by CatalyseThe impact of context on relationships at work A 1-day workshop led by Robyn Vesey and Penny Wilson Event Hashtag: #CATorg17 Overview of workshop: This workshop introduces the use of cognitive analytic therapy in understanding organisational dyna...

20-09-17 7th International CAT Conference7th International CAT Conference hosted by ACAT and ICATA 'New Frontiers in CAT Understanding and Practice' Date: Wednesday, 20th September to Saturday, 23rd September 2017 Venue: University of Nottingham, Jubilee Campus (Directions to Jubil...

21-09-17 Mindfulness Retreat offered by Catalyst East AngliaA 7-day "MINDFULNESS Retreat. Course. Holiday" on the beautiful Greek Island of Kefalonia, September 21st-28th 2017 Find out all about Mindfulness and how this approach to life can be helpful. With some theory and plenty of practice, and ...

22-09-17 ACAT Annual General Meeting 2017Notice of ACAT Annual General Meeting 2017 Date: Friday, 22 September, 2017 from 17.00 to 18.00 Venue: B52 Lecture Theatre, Business School South, Jubilee Campus, University of Nottingham, Wollaton Road, Nottingham NG8 1BB and Request for Nominatio...

30-09-17 An Introduction to CAT - offered by CatalyseAn Introduction to CAT A two-day workshop led by Sarah Littlejohn and Emma Taylor Hashtag #CATspace17 Date: 30th September 2017 and 7th October 2017 Time: 9:30am to 4:30pm Venue: Quaker Meeting House, 10 St James Street, Sheffield, S1 2EW Outline...

01-10-17 Scotland CAT Practitioner TrainingPractitioner Level Training in Cognitive Analytic Therapy October 2017 - June 2019 Course Directors: Dee Affleck and Jamie Kirkland Applications are invited for places on a 2 year Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) Practitioner Level Training Course. ...

01-10-17 Brighton CAT Practitioner TrainingCognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) Practitioner Training Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in association with ACAT Closing date for applications: 31st July 2017 CAT Practitioner Training Cognitive analytic therapy is a time limited psychothe...

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14-10-17 Working Collaboratively with Medically Unexplained Symptoms - offered by CAT SouthThe objectives for this one day CPD event are ... to understand the application of CAT principles when working with people who present with disabling or distressing physical symptoms where medical explanation and intervention is inadequate to gain ...

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...

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 ...

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...

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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 Organised by The Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy (ACAT) Leading to Accreditation as a CAT Psychotherapist with ACAT and with t...

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