IACAT: Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists
The Association is the national registration body for creative arts therapists. As a professional reference body, it promotes, regulates and upholds the work of arts therapists in Ireland.
We promote, regulate and support the work of Creative Arts Therapists in the following ways:
- Administrating a registration process.
- Promoting Standards for ethical practice.
- Monitoring Professional standards of education.
- Providing an information system on the Creative Arts Therapies.
- Offering Union affilation with AMICUS
- Lobbying Government
The Irish Association of Drama, Art and Music Therapists was formed in 1992. It developed from a core group of arts therapists who had trained abroad and were in the process of establishing their professions in Ireland.
The first A.G.M. was held in 1993, when a constitution was ratified and a code of ethics laid out. In 1998 the Association changed its name to the Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists.