Cognitive Analytic Therapy Training

Training Year 1 - 2018

Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) is an integrated, time-limited therapy that was originally developed by Dr Anthony Ryle in the UK. CAT is a collaborative model in which the therapist and client work together to make sense of the patterns of thinking, feeling, behaving and relating to facilitate change. CAT is a flexible model that is suitable for use with a wide range of disorders including depression, anxiety, borderline personality disorder, eating disorders, substance abuse and psychosis.

The Helping Young People Early (HYPE) program at Orygen Youth Health Clinical Program has been successfully using CAT in its early intervention program for young people with Borderline Personality Disorder since 2000. HYPE program staff have been offering training in this model to counsellors and mental health clinicians working in a variety of settings and with many different client groups since 2003.

This course is suitable for those working in counselling, private practice and mental health settings with a core degree (such as social work, psychology, occupational therapy, psychiatric nursing or psychiatry) and some psychotherapy experience.  

This is the first part of a two-year CAT Practitioner course that has been based on International Cognitive Analytic Therapy Association (ICATA) standards and is accredited by ANZACAT (Australian and New Zealand Association of Cognitive Analytic Therapy). The two-year course has been designed for clinicians/mental health professionals working across a range of public or private counselling and mental health settings who wish to train in Cognitive Analytic Therapy with the aim to become an accredited CAT Practitioner. The Year 1 course provides an opportunity to learn the theory underlying the CAT model, and to have the practical experience of delivering CAT interventions with up to four clients under supervision. Places are limited. This course is delivered in Melbourne at Kensington Town Hall.