Tony Ryle, who developed CAT in the 1980’s, was passionate about creating a therapy that was accessible and understandable for patients approaching the NHS for psychological treatment. ACAT is also keen to encourage diversity in the workforce of CAT therapists and make sure that the profession reflects the diversity of our clients. We have therefore set up a CAT Training Bursary in Tony Ryle’s name for those who would bring diversity to our courses and our membership, but would not otherwise be able to afford the training.
We are in the process of raising funds for this, if you would like to make a donation to the bursary fund then please contact the ACAT admin team on firstname.lastname@example.org
The bursary will pay half the course fees for your chosen training course. However it will not include payment for extra things such as travel, personal therapy or supervision.
The first Bursary was awarded in 2020 for a place on the IRRAPT course.
Adverts for application will be sent out when adequate funds are available. Applicants should already have applied to their chosen course, or discussed their potential future application with the course director to ensure that they are eligible to apply. Applications will be considered by a Bursary Committee, chaired by one of the Trustees of ACAT. The committee will consider financial circumstances, likely obstacles to training for the applicant, and the potential of the applicant to make a contribution to the future development of CAT.
ACAT is particularly keen to support applicants from groups which are under-represented in the membership of ACAT and this will be a priority for the decisions about allocation of the award.
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