CAT in Ireland


CAT in Ireland

We are a small but active Irish CAT community. We have completed a range of trainings as CAT Practitioners, CAT Supervisors and CAT Psychotherapists. Most of us are currently working in the Irish public health services employed as Psychologists, Mental Health Nurses, Child and Adolescent or Adult Psychiatrists, Occupational Therapists, Mental Health Social Workers or Counsellors/Therapists. We are largely based in the east of the country around the Dublin area, although there are some CAT practitioners working in the west of Ireland. A number of us are also involved in the provision of our ICAT training programs, supervision and therapy both within and outside of our public settings.

Irish Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy (ICAT)

ICAT was established in 2006 and is the national organisation for CAT and CAT therapists in Ireland. ICAT is registered as a limited company with the Irish companies’ offices, with a board of directors and a company secretary. For its operational activities it has an Executive Committee and two Subcommittees. These are a Training Subcommittee and an Accreditation Subcommittee. The Executive Committee consists of an ICAT Chair, Treasurer, Membership Secretary, Chairs of the Training and Accreditation Subcommittees and ordinary members. There are a number of membership category options on offer from ICAT. These are ‘Advanced CAT member’, ‘CAT Practitioner member’, ‘CAT Skilled member’, ‘CAT trainee’ and a ‘Friend of ICAT’ (non-voting). ICAT has been an active, supportive member of ICATA since its formation.

CAT Training in Ireland

Training in Cognitive Analytic Therapy has been available in Ireland since 2000 when the first CAT practitioner training programme was run and two further programs followed this with intakes in 2003 and 2005. These courses were accredited by ACAT, the UK based organisation. Following the establishment of our Irish association ICAT in September 2006 and our subsequent membership of ICATA, ICAT now runs and offers accreditation for CAT training programs and CAT CPD activities.

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Deborah Russell-Carroll (ICATA Executive member) and Jessie Emilion

January 2017

ICATA Official Documents




Training Guidelines


Ethical Guidelines

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