CAT Practitioner Training: year one

CAT Practitioner Training: year one

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 year 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 of becoming an accredited CAT Practitioner. The year one 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.

  • Course components

    The CAT Training year one course consists of eight training days (see dates below), and 40 sessions of CAT supervision to allow practice of CAT interventions. The aim is for students to deliver approximately 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 course.

    Students 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). Students 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 two of the course. Further details about the assessment requirements are provided in the year one course outline.

    The course fees include one-year membership of ANZACAT. Students must apply for membership of ANZACAT once accepted on the training course.

    Further details about the requirements are in the year one course outline.

  • Downloadable forms

  • Dates

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

    Days one and two: Thursday, 6 and Friday, 7 February 2020.

    Days three and four: Thursday, 30 April and Friday, 1 May 2020.

    Days five and six: Thursday, 6 and Friday, 7 August 2020.

    Days seven and eight: Thursday, 12 and Friday, 13 November 2020.

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

  • Location

    This course is delivered at Orygen, 35 Poplar Road, Parkville 3052. 

    If you would like to receive this training at a location outside of Melbourne please contact us on to discuss your requirements.

  • Cost

      Amount Due
    Deposit $660 14 December 2019
    First instalment $3,565 1 February 2020
    Second instalment $4,125 1 July 2020
    Total $8,350  


  • To apply

    Applications for 2020 will be open until 14 December 2019.

    To apply, please complete an application form and send to Once submitted the course deposit can be paid via the web store.

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

  • Presenter bio

    Dr Louise McCutcheon

    Dr Louise McCutcheon is a clinical psychologist and senior program manager at Orygen. She is also an Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for Youth Mental Health, The University of Melbourne.

    Louise jointly founded the award-winning Helping Young People Early (HYPE) program, an early intervention program for borderline personality disorder 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 in Australia.

    She works with mental health services assisting them to implement early intervention for borderline personality disorder 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).

    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 services and other organisations to identify and respond effectively to vulnerable young people and their families.