Covid Restrictions Update - 5th December 2021

Please see link below for Citizens Information link for further information and full COVID restrictions currently in place.

Current Restrictions for Creative Art Therapists

Cat’s work is considered an essential service therefore individual sessions with clients are permitted to take place face to face.

Follow social distance guidelines, washing hands, sanitizing, 2 mtr distance and/or wearing a mask or face covering.  

CAT’s who wish to work online may continue to do so under current guidelines.

For further information on list of essential services under government guidelines please see link below

Information below taken from

Therapy services provided by a member of a designated profession within

the meaning of section 3 of the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005 (No. 27 of 2005)

For further information please see link below from

Face Coverings

Please see below link to Citizens Information re: face coverings, when they need to be worn and who needs to wear them, inline with current guidelines.

New Guidelines for children aged 9 upwards, wearing face coverings. The information below is taken from the link above. Please read and familiarise yourself with new guidelines regarding face coverings.

Children in third class and above should wear a face covering in school and on school transport, unless they are exempt. Your child does not have to wear a face covering if they:

  • Have trouble breathing or have a relevant medical condition
  • Are unable to remove it without help
  • Have special needs and they may feel upset or very uncomfortable wearing them (for example, students with an intellectual or developmental disability, mental health difficulties, or sensory concerns)

Currently as per government guidelines a CAT can ask clients from age 9 upward to wear a face coverings in session, particularly if a two meter distance cannot be maintained, and the therapist feels the need for face coverings. Please discuss the wearing of face coverings with client and parents/guardian if the child is a minor and note exemptions listed above. 

These measures are in place on a temporary basis until at least mid-February 2022.

The Department of Education has published guidance on the use of face coverings in primary school (pdf). Which CAT’s may find useful.  


If Therapist and Client are both vaccinated, and are comfortable not wearing a mask, this is permitted under current guidelines. Two meters distance and ventilation (opening a window) is advised. 

The booster vaccination programme is now under way. Please see the link below for important information on how to get your booster vaccine.  Iacat advises that members familiarise themselves with this document. 

Please Note: Registration for Booster vaccine is not required.

Insurance and Vaccination

Any CAT therapists who are unvaccinated please check with their insurance companies to verify whether they are covered to practice face to face in an indoor space/

Dear members,

Firstly I hope you are safe and well.

The phrase ‘living in interesting times’ is becoming a little over used at the moment, but it seems to best describe the current situation we find ourselves in. Below are some guidelines in relation to the current situation for members, but we all need to be conscious that government/ HSE guidance is being updated and changed on an ongoing basis, so the monitoring of these changes on a daily basis is an important thing to do.

Financial pressures

Many members will be with out of paid work for a time and finances will be tight. Information on your entitlements for claims can be found on the Citizens Information website:

IACAT Membership Fee/ Personal Practice Insurance

Aware of the financial implications, at this moment in time for members (and also the need to have insurance where membership of a professional body is required) we have decided to implement the following re the membership renewal that will take place on April 1st.

The Professional membership fee for 2020/21 will be reduced to €80 (currently €110) and will be deducted in two installments:

1st April       – €40 (to ensure continuity of insurance)
1st October – €40 (to allow recovery of practice)

All other fees remain the same and will be deducted also in two installments: on April 1st and the 1st of Oct.

This will have some implications in terms of spending priorities for IACAT for the coming year, but these will be reviewed and reorganised to work within the budget we will now have.

As per our Code of 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 an well to do so (1.1.15). Many members I 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.

At this point in time we would advise that it is probably important to consider ceasing any therapy sessions for the time being, but that if you do consider continuing that you undertaken all the precautions recommended by the Government/HSE in terms of social distancing/ hand & surface cleansing and any other guidance given.

Below are some points and information regarding the current situation and its implications:

Issue of social distance/ safe working of 2 metres
Implications for undertaking sessions, particularly group and children. Is it possible to maintain this particularly with children? Consider how you maintain cleanliness between session and clients and the time that is needed for this. Current information on the implications of corona virus can be found at: coronavirus/


Meetings - any regional group/ special interest group/ supervision/ peer supervision meetings will need to address this issue and consider alternative ways of maintaining support.

Alternative support/ therapy interventions for working with clients i.e Skype/ telephone.
This has therapeutic consequences but might be temporarily useful for some client/ situations. Issue if you are self employed/ working privately your insurer may need to know about, so do check in with them re this change in practice. Raises GDPR issues - consent would need to be renegotiated to include this in the therapeutic contract. In terms of the issue of data safety/ confidentiality issues telephone contact is thought to be safer than other forms of digital media.

It would be best to explore this option, if you are considering this, with your supervisor to reflect on the implications for both your client and yourself.

IACAT has put together relevant information regarding the issues of  working on line. We are grateful to Rowena Keaveny, who recently ran a CPD training day on working with digital media, for her help in compiling this information for members. Click here for document.

This is also a useful document prepared by our friends in Badth UK (some details differ as per HSE/NHS guidlines)


This will be reviewed at the beginning of April.

Keeping healthy in mind as well as body

This has become a stressful time for us all and the continuing way that the ‘story’ of the corona virus outbreak is revealed to us, can feel overwhelming at times. Maybe this is a time to remember why we came to be a Creative Arts Therapists in the first place? Time to reengage or continue our arts practice in what ever form and to share (on line) with those we are connected with? Or an article for Polyphony?

For general advice on well being: mental-health/minding-your- mental-health-during-the- coronavirus-outbreak.html

We will put as much useful information as we can on to the IACAT website and socail media in the next while, so do please check this for any up dates etc.. In the meantime if you have any queries do come back to us ( .

Stay safe and well

Best wishes on behalf IACAT Council

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