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
The CAT Training Year 1 course consists of eight training days and forty sessions of CAT supervision to allow practice of CAT interventions. The aim is for participants to deliver approximately four individual CAT interventions under qualified CAT supervision. In most cases the CAT supervision is offered in small groups that meet weekly. Participants with suitable existing CAT supervision arrangements can request to continue these as part of the course. Participants who are unable to attend supervision face to face can request to participate via Skype (or equivalent internet package). They will require suitable equipment to do so (computer with microphone and camera).
Participants must have access to suitable clients as well as permission from their workplace to offer CAT interventions under supervision.
Assessment will include attendance and participation as well as satisfactory completion of assignments and presentations. Two written assignments will be set during the course; an essay and a written case study. The assignments will be discussed early in the course, and guidelines and due dates will be provided. All the components of year one must be passed satisfactorily in order to move into Year 2 of the course. Further details about the requirements are in the CAT Training Year 1 Course Outline.
Participants must apply for membership of ANZACAT. Places are limited.
Dr Louise McCutcheon
Dr Louise McCutcheon is a clinical psychologist and Senior Program Manager at Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health and Helping Young People Early (HYPE), Orygen Youth Health Clinical Program. She is also an Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for Youth Mental Health, The University of Melbourne.
Louise McCutcheon jointly founded the award-winning Helping Young People Early (HYPE) program, an early intervention program for borderline personality disorder (BPD) in young people. She coordinated the clinical program for 11 years, and established the HYPE service development and training program, the first to offer training in Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) in Australia. She works with mental health services assisting them to implement early intervention for BPD and lectures and teaches both nationally and internationally. She is the founding Chair of the Australian & New Zealand Association of Cognitive Analytic Therapy (ANZACAT) and Secretary of the International Cognitive Analytic Therapy Association (ICATA).