CAT Practitioner Training: year two

CAT Practitioner Training: year two

The Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) Training year two course is the second part of a two-year training package that is accredited by Australian and New Zealand Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy (ANZACAT) and is based on international standards set by International Cognitive Analytic Therapy Association (ICATA) for the training of CAT practitioners. This course has been designed for clinicians and mental health professionals working across a range of public or private counselling and mental health settings who wish to extend their knowledge and skills in Cognitive Analytic Therapy with the aim to become an accredited CAT Practitioner.

  • Course components

    The CAT Training year two 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 participants 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. 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 involves appropriate participation in the training days and in supervision, and satisfactory completion of two assignments during the course. The first is a theoretical teaching seminar delivered to the year two group during the course and the second is a written case study. These assignments will be discussed during the first two days of the course, and guidelines and due dates will be provided. Please see the course outline for further details.

    Participants must be current members of ANZACAT.

    Places are limited.

  • Eligibility

    Participants must have successfully completed a year one CAT training course in Australia or New Zealand (or the equivalent) within the past three years and be able to demonstrate this. 

  • Downloadable forms

  • Dates

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

    Days one and two: Thursday, 20 and Friday, 21 February 2020

    Days three and four: Thursday, 21 and Friday, 22 May 2020

    Days five and six: Thursday, 13 and Friday, 14 August 2020

    Days seven and eight: Thursday, 26 and Friday, 27 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
    First instalment $4,175 1 February 2020
    Second instalment $4,175 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 first instalment can be paid via the web store.

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

  • Presenter bios

    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.