The Training Committee

The Training Committee is responsible for developing a national strategy for all levels of CAT training and accreditation, i.e. it includes practitioner, psychotherapy and supervisor training, and skills training courses. It approves, monitors and audits the national training programme (based at St. Thomas’ Hospital) and ensures that national standards of training are maintained. New courses are established with the approval of the Training Committee and most Practitioner trainings up to 2013 are Postgraduate Diplomas leading to ACAT Accreditation and a Diploma in CAT awarded by Sheffield Hallam University.  The collaboration between ACAT and SHU which has existed since 2008 closed in 2013. We are currently exploring a new higher education provider for courses and ACAT anticipates continuing to offer the dual award at PG Diploma level.

The Training Committee is comprised of all Course Directors;  it meets three times a year in London.

At the meetings all current courses are asked to give a brief update on their situation – where they are in the training, how trainees are getting on with assignments, any potential difficulties looming. Discussions are held about trainees who need to take a break from training for a number of reasons (you would be surprised how many ‘kittens’ are produced during CAT training!), and sometimes there are discussions about people applying for courses who have a range of experience other than CAT and to what extent this counts towards an application for training. The Training Committee also develops and refines policies such as the Code of Ethics for Training and Supervision, and oversees the supervision training which has recently been revised to overcome some of the obstacles to becoming a supervisor.

Its Terms of Reference:

The Composition

1.  See appendix A
2.  It is a requirement of all regional training courses that they appoint a member of their training committee to represent their views and to contribute to the development of the work of the ACAT Training Committee.  The Training Committee Chair and Vice Chair are not positions which can represent regional trainings although they can be a part of such trainings.

The committee shall meet not less than three times in the year.  The Chair and appointed training liaison officers are responsible for the coordination of the work of the training committee between meetings.

1.  The committee is responsible for setting the national framework of ACAT accredited courses, both run by ACAT and host organisations, and approving and monitoring standards on the courses, such that there is a consistency of outcome or qualification between accredited trainings.

2.  Where there is a duality of accreditation, eg university accreditation, UKCP, it must ensure compatibility to the twin requirements and maintain regular contact with such organisations.  Appointed officers within the committee will liaise and report.

3.  The committee does not work in isolation but must bring to Council those decisions which have a bearing on the internal organisation of ACAT, most notably its memberships categories, and which may affect its standing in relation to UKCP or other registering bodies.

4.  The committee is responsible for liaising with the organisations which host ACAT accredited courses.


  1. Coordinating and overseeing the publicity for courses.
  2. Setting the entry requirements for courses.
  3. Monitoring and managing procedures for the Accreditation of Prior Learning
  4. Setting the standard for number of training and supervision hours courses are expected to meet to satisfy the criteria of registering bodies- via the provision of training handbooks.
  5. Approving the content of courses- psychotherapy, practitioner, supervisor, CAT skills.
  6. In conjunction with Exam Board establishing the level of competency expected from practitioners and psychotherapists.  The key criteria here will be judging where trainees are safe to practice and are good enough therapists rather than at a high level of expertise.
  7. In consultation with Exam Board, set the requirements for assessment of trainees.
  8. Monitor standards via external moderators.
  9. Maintain links with current  external accrediting bodies- UKCP and university
  10. Stimulate and monitor the supply and training of supervisors and approve and set standards for training.
  11. In consultation with Council of Management, approve and regulate the routes to external recognition of CAT qualifications by external  bodies
  12. In consultation with ACAT’s Board of Trustees set ACAT/ university fees in accordance with national strategy in liaison with Treasurer and Council.
  13. The Course Directors are responsible for the financial viability of their activities and for paying registration fees for approved courses.
  14. Advising Board of matters of CPD and Supervision for members.

Relationship to Exam Board
The Training Committee ensures the integrity of examination/ accreditation procedures and respects the independence of the Exam Board in its execution of same.

Reports to
Via the Chair of Training Committee reports to ACAT’s Council of Management and Board of Trustees.

Approved by ACAT’s Council of Management on 20 December 2012
Updated 11 October, 2013
Updated October 2015

Constitution and Etiquette of Training Committee

1.  Constitution

Appendix A:  Composition of Training Committee:

a.  ACAT Officers:
Chair of Training Committee
Vice Chair of Training Committee
Vice Chair for Supervisor Training
Vice Chair for APL
Chair of Exam Board
Chair of ACAT
External Moderator Rep
Liaison ACAT/University IAPT Liaison
ACAT Projects and Liaison Officer
UKCP/HIPC Representative
Trainee Rep
Equality and Diversity Committee Rep
Representative of Board of Trustees

b.  Course Representatives:
A representative from each currently accredited training at psychotherapy, practitioner and skills level

The Committee shall be deemed quorate when two thirds of ACAT officers and half of courses are present.


2.  Etiquette

CAT as a model and ACAT as an Association thrive by generating a sense of community.  At heart the Training Committee is a collaborative meeting of peers.

The Terms of Reference say that it is a requirement of training courses that they appoint a member to represent their views and to contribute to the development of the work of the Training Committee

Attendance is required for at least one meeting a year.  It would be appreciated if written comments can be made with regard to agenda items if clarity is sought.  However, if not present and the committee is quorate there will be no appeal against votes.

New training proposals must be presented by a member from the training group.

Groups who are re-starting previously agreed trainings need only inform the committee and submit plan:  after first checking for changes in requirements via ACAT admin. 

Respectfully request papers be presented at least four weeks before committee meeting to allow circulation.

Whilst every effort will be made to complete the agenda there will be times when less urgent items will be held over until next meeting.


Approved by ACAT’s Council of Management on 20 December 2012
Updated 11 October 2013
Updated October 2015

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