CAT Practitioner Training: year two

CAT Practitioner Training: year two

The Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) practitioner training year two course is the second 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 extend their knowledge and skills in CAT with the aim of becoming an accredited CAT practitioner.

Course components

The CAT practitioner training year two course consists of eight (or nine) 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 eight 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 two assignments during the year. The first is a theoretical teaching seminar delivered to the year two training group during the training course and the second is a written case study. These assignments will be discussed early in the training course, and guidelines will be provided. Further details about the assessment requirements and due dates are provided in the year two course outline and course schedule. Places are limited.     

Students must be current members of ANZACAT.


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


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

Days one and two: Wednesday, 23 and Thursday, 24 February 2022.

Days three and four: Wednesday, 11 and Thursday, 12 May 2022.

Seminar day: Thursday, 23 June 2022 (supplementary day if required).

Days five and six: Wednesday, 31 August and Thursday, 1 September 2022.

Days seven and eight: Wednesday, 23 and Thursday, 24 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 Louise McCutcheon

Dr Louise McCutcheon is a clinical psychologist and senior program manager at Orygen. She is also an Honorary Clinical Associate Professor 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 and New Zealand Association of Cognitive Analytic Therapy (ANZACAT) and Chair 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 clinicians and services and other organisations to identify and respond effectively to vulnerable young people and their families.