CAT Practitioner Training: year one

CAT Practitioner Training: year one

The Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) practitioner training year one course is the first part of a two-year training package that is accredited by the Australian and New Zealand Association of Cognitive Analytic Therapy (ANZACAT) and is based on international standards set by the International Cognitive Analytic Therapy Association (ICATA) for the training of CAT practitioners.

The two-year training course has been designed for mental health clinicians working across a range of public or private counselling and mental health settings who wish to train in CAT with the aim of becoming an accredited CAT practitioner. The year one training course provides an opportunity to learn the theory underlying the CAT model, and to have the practical experience of delivering CAT interventions with a minimum of four clients under supervision.

This training 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 post-qualification psychotherapy experience.  

Course components

The CAT practitioner training year one course consists of eight training days that are usually offered as four, two-day workshops (see dates below), and 40 sessions of CAT supervision to allow practice of CAT interventions. The aim is for students to deliver a minimum of four individual CAT interventions under qualified CAT supervision across the year.

In most cases the CAT supervision is offered in small groups that meet weekly. Students with suitable existing CAT supervision arrangements can request to continue these as part of the training course.

Students who are unable to attend supervision face-to-face can request to participate via Zoom (or equivalent online platform). They will need a computer, laptop or tablet with internet access and a working camera and microphone. Students must have access to suitable clients as well as permission from their workplace to offer CAT interventions under supervision.

Assessment involves attendance and appropriate participation in training and supervision, as well as satisfactory completion of three assignments during the year. Two written assignments will be set during the training course; a reflective essay and a written case study. In addition, students will be required to give a case presentation to the year one training group. These assignments will be discussed early in the training course, and guidelines will be provided. All the components of year one must be passed satisfactorily in order to move into year two of the course. Further details about the assessment requirements and due dates are provided in the year one course outline and course schedule. Places are limited.

It is expected that all students will be trainee members of ANZACAT during their CAT practitioner training.  Students must apply for membership of ANZACAT once accepted into the training course. 


Each day will run from 9.30am-4.30pm. Registration commences at 9.15am.

Days one and two: Wednesday, 9 and Thursday, 10 February 2022.

Days three and four: Wednesday, 25 and Thursday, 26 May 2022.

Days five and six: Wednesday, 14 and Thursday, 15 September 2022.

Days seven and eight: Wednesday, 9 and Thursday, 10 November 2022.

Please note: Dates are subject to change. Orygen takes no responsibility for expenses incurred as a result of changed dates.


This training course is delivered at Orygen, 35 Poplar Road, Parkville 3052. Please note that this may change to an online format in response to COVID-19 restrictions.




Due date

First instalment


Monday, 31 January 2022

Second instalment


Friday, 24 June 2022





To apply

Applications for 2022 will be open until 9am on Monday, 15 November 2021.

To apply, please complete a course application form and send to Once accepted into the training course the first instalment can be paid via the web store.

Please contact if you have any questions regarding the application process.

Late marking fee

The CAT training late marking fee will apply to those students wishing to submit their CAT assignments after the due date. A fee of $120 is payable per late assignment via the web store.

Presenter bios

Dr Fritha Melville

Fritha Melville, is a clinical psychologist with over 10 years’ experience and is a practitioner, supervisor and trainer in cognitive analytic therapy. She currently works at Orygen in a program manager role with young people with personality disorders and in training and translation.

Fritha has a breadth of experience working in private practitioner and public mental health services with young people with complex and severe mental difficulties. She has also worked as a clinical specialist in the refugee sector and provided training and consultations to the community sector. She is a strong advocate for the importance in staff training, supervision and wellbeing in being able to meet the needs of some of our most vulnerable community members.

Dr Reem Ramadan

Dr Reem Ramadan is a clinical psychologist and senior clinician at the Helping Young People Early (HYPE) Program. She has worked with young people experiencing complex and severe mental health difficulties in public mental health services in the UK and Melbourne. Reem is also a cognitive analytic therapy practitioner, supervisor and trainer.

Reem uses her clinical knowledge and experiences to assist mental health clinicians and services and other organisations to identify and respond effectively to vulnerable young people and their families.