Welcome from ICATA Chair

Dear colleagues,

I am very pleased to be able to welcome you all to the 8th Conference of the International Cognitive Analytic Therapy Association (ICATA), held in conjunction with the Italian Association of Cognitive Analytic Therapy (ITACAT) and the University of Ferrara, in the beautiful town of Ferrara, Italy.

The theme of the conference will be “Exploring and Integrating Dialogues in CAT” and it looks like being one that will draw many interested professionals from across the world. CAT is a relational model that is integrative and sensitive to cultural and individual differences, and therefore we welcome the opportunity to hear how CAT is practiced and used in different settings. The program looks like being an inspiring and challenging one, and we have engaged a number of high-calibre invited speakers and encouraged a diverse range of oral and poster presentations. The conference presentations will be held in English, and members of the conference committee and National Associations have offered to work with any potential speakers who want support preparing their presentations.

We look forward to seeing you in Ferrara in June 2019!

Louise McCutcheon, Chair, ICATA





Welcome from the Italian Committee (ITACAT)

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

We are delighted to welcome you to Ferrara and the 8th International Cognitive Analytic Association (ICATA) Conference. The University of Ferrara, through its Institute of Psychiatry, Department of Biomedical Sciences, is hosting this event, jointly organized with ICATA and the Italian Association of Cognitive Analytic Therapy (ITACAT). It will be a very special meeting. The theme “Exploring and Integrating Dialogues in CAT” aims at integrating and extending the knowledge of CAT, opening a constructive dialogue with the several branches of psychotherapy - cognitive, relational, analytic, humanistic, philosophical - and the neurosciences, which are all integrated parts of intersubjectivity. Our hope is that this will be an important step towards moving from theory to practice, influencing through evidence-based and experience-based data, the mental health care of people affected by emotional disorders, in terms of prevention, treatment and rehabilitation, always to be expressed in the form of “dialogue” within a relational encounter. With this conference theme, workshops and symposia addressing timely issues in clinical research and practice, the upcoming ICATA Conference represents a great opportunity for practitioners and researchers in CAT and all forms of psychotherapy to share their clinical experience, work and research. Join us to the ICATA Conference. We look forward to WELCOMING and SEEING you all in Ferrara in June, 2019!

Luigi Grassi, Conference and ITACAT Chair, on behalf of the ITACAT Committee