What is the mission of ICATA?

ICATA has been constituted to support promote and facilitate dialogue and consensus among member associations and others in relation to training in and practice of CAT in order to improve the mental health and wellbeing of people around the world. ICATA aims to recognise and celebrate diversity whilst maintaining the core values and spirit of CAT. Develop knowledge and use of Cognitive Analytic Therapy internationally. Support training and supervision internationally. Oversee national accreditation programmes and procedures.

What is ICATA?

It is a federation of National Associations for Cognitive Analytic Therapy,  promoting training and supervision in the practice of CAT from Australia, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Poland, Spain, India, Hong Kong and The United Kingdom. We look forward to more countries joining in.

Where has CAT developed?

Cognitive Analytic Therapy is most established in the UK where it has developed from the work of Dr Anthony Ryle and colleagues since the 1980s supported by the work of the Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy. There are 900 members of ACAT. Follow this link to find out more www.acat.me.uk . In Finland CAT has also developed very strongly over the past twenty years through the leadership of Professor Mikael Leiman and now through the FINCAT association (web www.fincat.net) which has a membership of 200. CAT has also developed over many years in Greece, Ireland, Spain and Australia.

Who are the members of ICATA?

There is an executive made up of two delegates from each member country with established or newly developing training programmes in CAT. The executive meets bi-montly by telephone conference and in person biannually in connection with the international conference.  Every two years an international conference has been held in one of the member countries; in Krakow, Poland in 2011, Malaga, Spain in 2013, Patras, Greece in 2015 and Nottinham, UK in 2017. Each conference has been co-hosted by the country’s national association and ICATA.  The next international conference will be in Ferrara, Italy in June 27-29 2019.

Introducing CAT to your country

Contact one of the executive members (see the contact us page) to establish links with a senior trainer. They will be able to help with introductory training courses and offer guidance on how to set up supervision and further training from practitioner level and beyond. There are introductory training workshops in various parts of the world and attending a training in a neighbouring country is possible. The senior trainer linked to a country will work with an initial group of trainees to help establish CAT. Where there are difficulties finding a senior trainer who is familiar with the language of a particular country, simultaneous translation has been shown to be a workable model of training in CAT. Once a group of qualified practitioners is being trained, a national association can be formed. National associations are accredited by the ICATA executive or its appointees (see ICATA constitution and training guidelines).

2016-17. CAT trainees, Christ University, Bangalore with their trainers Deborah Russell-Carroll and Jessie Emilion

International Journal of Cognitive Analytic Therapy and Relational Mental Health

To support its aims ICATA has just launched the first issue of a new journal.  To find out more go to Inaugural issue for a flyer about the journal to download go to CAT Journal Flier 03 17

ICATA Official Documents




Training Guidelines


Ethical Guidelines

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