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

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16-01-18 CAT East/NSFT CAT Practitioner TrainingA Two year Cognitive Analytic Therapy Practitioner Training Course offered by CAT East / Norfolk & Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust Accredited by the Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy (ACAT) This course commences in January 2018, with ele...

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08-02-18 2 Day Introduction to CATIntroducing Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) #ACATintro218 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 wor...

26-02-18 Inter-Regional Residential ACAT Psychotherapy Training in CAT (IRRAPT)Inter-Regional Residential ACAT Psychotherapy Training (IRRAPT) in Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) 2018 A few places remain available for applications for the 2018 intake. Please register your interest NOW. The course is unlikely to run again unt...

02-03-18 Youth CAT CPD Day & AGM - Re-integrating YouthYouth CAT CPD event & AGM Re-integrating Youth #YouthCAT18 2nd March 2018, 09.30 – 16.00 Best Western Plus Peterborough Orton Hall Hotel & Spa The Village, Orton Longueville, Peterborough PE2 7DN For information and timetable cont...

09-03-18 ACAT: CAT and the Embodied MindIncorporating Learning from the Neurosciences into our Practice Facilitator: John Bristow More details and booking options to follow shortly....

21-03-18 ACAT's Annual Meeting of Trainers and SupervisorsACAT's Annual Meeting of Trainers and Supervisors Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd March 2018 St Anne's College, Oxford, OX2 6HS #ACATtrain18 From 12 noon on Wednesday to 4 pm Thursday The meeting is open to all trainers and supervisors, ...

09-04-18 ACAT Relational Skills in CAT Supervision ResidentialRelational Skills in CAT Supervision A residential, intensive skills training course lasting two and a half days #ACATsup18 Aims This intensive two and a half day residential course is open to any CAT Practitioner interested in CAT supervision. ...

13-04-18 2 Day Introduction to CAT - offered by Catalyse#CATspace18 This hands-on two-day course takes place in Sheffield and is led by Sarah Littlejohn and Emma Taylor. It offers an introduction to the values, ideas, methods and skills of Cognitive Analytic Therapy. It combines short theoretical inputs ...

03-05-18 Introduction to CAT - a 2 day course offered by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation TrustAn Introduction to Cognitive Analytic Therapy - offered by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust A two-day course for mental health professionals Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th May 2018 Conference Room 2, East Brighton Community Mental ...

24-05-18 2 Day Introduction to CATIntroducing Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) #ACATintro518 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 wor...

05-07-18 24th Annual ACAT Conference 2018Early bird booking is open until Monday 5th March 2018 24th Annual ACAT Conference 2018 Therapist authenticity, creativity and use of positive resources in cognitive analytic therapy Thursday 5th to Saturday 7th July 2018, Keele University Conf...

06-07-18 ACAT's Annual General Meeting 2018Notice of ACAT's Annual General Meeting 2018 Friday, 6 July 2018 Notice We hereby give notice that the ACAT Annual General Meeting 2018 will be held during the Annual ACAT Conference on the afternoon of Friday, 6th July 2018 at Keele Univers...

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