Members Information and Training
As per our Code-of-Professional-Conduct-and-Ethics we have a duty of care both for our clients wellbeing and our own in terms of the administering of therapy when we are fit and well to do so (1.1.15). Many members we know are in the situation where their sessions have been cancelled by the organisations they are working with. Others have decided to cease offering sessions until further notice in order to maintain safety for all concerned.
Continuing to Practice
We are aware that many members are unable to continue to practice and we would like to empathise with them as an abrupt ending with clients is a distressing event both for therapist and client. If you require any advice or support please contact Rosemary at firstname.lastname@example.org and stay in touch. Please also refer to our Workplace Guidelines during COVID document which has been distributed to members.
We are also aware that some members are considering moving their practice online. For members who may wish to consider seeing clients via telephone or online, we ask that you follow our code of ethics and read our NEW policy document on guidance and criteria for online creative arts therapy/Supervision. This document can be accessed here Online Therapy Policy IACAT ( This document may be updated as crisis continues). Please also see the dropdown section : Quick guide to going online. We would like to thank Roweena Keaveny for making a short information video for this section which can be viewed here - Offline To Online .
IACAT Members who choose to work remotely must be trained. Please see the training section below for suggested courses. These courses offer temporary measures for CAT's to continue to work with clients online. It is recommeded that if members wish to continue to offer online therapy after the crisis has passed 80 hours is the miniuim standard of training required.
Please note that you should look for a portal/platform that is GDPR compliant and HIPAA compliant. The pros and cons of some platforms are outlined in our new Online Policy. IACAT does not endorse any specific providers of these online platforms.
A secure online payment system such as bank transfer, Stripe, Paypal or Revolut should be used to take online payments from clients. Stripe and Paypal are online payment sytems and are PCI compliant for the processing, transmission, or storage of card data. Both take a fee for each transaction. Stripe deposits the payment into your chosen bank account directly and Paypal holds payment in your Paypal account. Revolut is free online banking where you can make instant payments once both users have a Revolut card. Many Irish banks have means and methods to provide safe payment online, please check with your bank to see how they can help you accept payment online. IACAT does not endorse any specific providers of these online payment gateways.
Training in Online Therapy
IACAT Members who choose to work remotely must be trained. These courses offer temporary measures for CAT's to continue to work with clients online. It is recommeded that if members wish to continue to offer online therapy after the crisis 80 hours is the miniuim standard of training required. (The certifying body for Online therapy in UK acto-org.uk)
IACAT does not endorse any specific providers of these online courses.
These are NOT IACAT courses and we can not provide CPD certs, however please check with the providers that CPD points if offered will be given to iacat members.
We would hope this information will assist anyone who needs training in online therapy to offer it to their clients in these difficult times and for future consideration.
Michael O'Carroll Therapy Academy Ireland : Introduction to working as a therapist on online (Free) click here
Kate Anthony/Online Therapy Institute UK : Moving Your Practice Online. To find out more and book please (Donation) click here.
DeeAnna/Online Therapy Institute USA : Introduction to Online Therapy and Supervision. To find out more and book please click here.
OCST UK : Online therapy training . To find out more and book please click here
The certifying body for Online therapy in UK acto-org.uk
Polyphony: IACAT Journal
The IACAT Journal Co-Editors have created the following article as a first response to the COVID 19 call for submissions. This response will be helpful to many people and a useful resource to members.
Read article here