Security Statement Regarding Handling and Administering Personal Information for and on behalf of the Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy

This document relates to the storage, handling and security of information collected by and through the ACAT Office and the ACAT website database.

  1. Personal Data will be collected and handled with due care and attention. Sensitive personal data (including addresses and other contact information) will be stored in safe location, either in a locked office or password-protected directory of the internet. Any information relating to financial transactions will be archived in a locked office or managed by a third party using a secure server for recording the transaction. In the case of an electronic payment being made only the confirmation code of the transaction will be logged by ACAT. The Data Controller works with the Council and Administrators of ACAT to ensure that the data held is securely and appropriately used. Personal data can be withdrawn from the record stores should there be any significant concerns on the part of those whose data is stored.
  2. Physically securing the data collected will be undertaken by locking the Office where the files are held while the officers of ACAT are absent. The information held on the online database will be secured in a password-protected directory. The ACAT's Administrators or the Data Controller can change passwords and usernames at any time if there is any cause for concern regarding the security of the data held.
  3. All data held on the ACATonline website is subject to password protection. ACAT's Administrators and Council are able to access and alter data records in the course of their duties in ACAT.
  4. ACAT's Administrators and every member of Council are given support and training to use the database system.
  5. All uses of the database are monitored. All access to the database records requires registration with the site and access to private information requires full membership of ACAT. There are three tiers of access to the records:
  6. Public: free access to basic information about Cognitive Analytic Therapy and the Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy and to official contacts in the organisation.
  7. Registered User: access only after registering with the site - to events and training and public information about finding a local therapist.
  8. Full Member: access only by a paid and verified member of ACAT with full address and contact details supplied - to public information about CAT, articles and networks for CAT practice and discussion.
  9. Online payment of membership fees will be handled by Paypoint using the highest transaction security available.
  10. ACAT does not see or store your credit card details at any time. All transactions will be overseen by the Administration Manager, to whom any concerns or questions should be sent
  11. Any infringements or complaints will be investigated and appropriate action will be taken. Membership or User Registration may be suspended as a result. Any concerns about the inappropriate, unsafe or unethical use of data can be raised with a member of council or through the Chair of the Ethics Panel.  If you are still unhappy with the response from ACAT about the handling of your information, you have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner’s office( ICO) at
  12. ACAT does not use members’ contact information to market any events other than those relevant to Cognitive Analytic Therapy
  13. ACAT does not carry out any profiling, or use members’ information for automated decision making
  14. You have the right to access the information that ACAT has about you, and to correct inaccuracies, by contacting the ACAT office.  There may be a small charge if a large amount of printing, or photocopying is required
  15. If there is a data breach, then ACAT will contact you as soon as possible, i.e. within 72 hours


Updated May 2018

ACAT Calendar for September
1414th September 2018
CAT Introductory Event: ACAT Two Day Introduction to CAT
2121st September 2018
CPD Event: ACAT: Understanding and resolving ruptures in the therapeutic relationship
2828th September 2018
CPD Event: Managing Work Pressure - offered by NECAT

Contact Details

ACAT Administration Manager:Maria Cross

ACAT Administrator:Alison Marfell

ACAT Financial Administrator:Louise Barter

Postal Address:ACAT
PO Box 6793
United Kingdom

Phone:+44(0) 1305 263 511

Office Hours:Monday to Friday
9am to 5pm

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