Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) Relational Skills Training - 2017

Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) is an integrated, collaborative model that can be used to understand the relational patterns underlying complex and challenging presenting problems. CAT formulation can assist clinicians to reflect on the client within a particular context, to understand the origins of the client’s problems and to better reflect on the helpful and unhelpful system and clinician responses to the relational patterns commonly played out. CAT can provide a useful model even in settings where CAT is not used as an individual therapy. It has been demonstrated to assist teams to work together collaboratively and innovatively, and to provide a non-blaming language for teams to use with clients, families and other professionals. CAT can be used with a wide range of presenting problems, including 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 to inform the case management model in addition to the use of CAT as an individual therapy. HYPE program staff has 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 CAT Relational Skills training is a short course aimed at assisting clinicians to use relational formulation to understand clients’ presenting issues. It is suitable for teams or individual clinicians working in counselling, private practice and mental health settings. It is not intended to teach individual CAT psychotherapy skills. (Individuals wanting to train as CAT Practitioners need to apply for CAT Training Year 1 and Year 2). This course consists of four training days (see dates below), and nine monthly sessions of CAT supervision/consultation. Further details are in the CAT Relational Skills Training Course outline. Team and group applications should email the course coordinator at

Downloadable forms

CAT Relational Skills Training Application Form

CAT Relational Skills Training Course Outline


Full Course Fee: $2,205 (incl GST)

Deposit (due Friday 3rd February 2017): $660 (incl GST)

Balance (due 10th March 2017): $1,545 (incl GST)

To apply:

To apply for this course, please email completed CAT Relational Skills Training Application Form to by Friday 3rd February 2017


Workshop days:

Registration at 9:15am, and run 9:30am to 4:30pm
Days 1 & 2 are on Thursday 16th and Friday 17th February 2017
Days 3 & 4 are on Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th March 2017

Relational Skills Supervision:

The proposed time is the first Wednesday of the month, from 3:00 – 4:30pm.

The time will be confirmed once registrations are accepted.


Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health
Arthouse Training Room
35 Poplar Road
Parkville Vic 3052

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