Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) Training Year 1 - 2017

Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) is an integrated, time-limited therapy that was originally developed by Dr Anthony Ryle in the UK. CAT is a collaborative model in which the therapist and client work together to make sense of the patterns of thinking, feeling, behaving and relating to facilitate change. CAT is a flexible model that is suitable for use with a wide range of disorders including depression, anxiety, 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. 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 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 part 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 to become an accredited CAT Practitioner. The Year 1 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 1 course consists of eight training days (see dates below), and forty sessions of CAT supervision to allow practiceof CAT interventions. The aim is for participants to deliver approximately four individual CAT interventions under qualified CAT supervision. 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 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 2 of the course. Further details about the requirements are in the CAT Training Year 1 Course Outline. Participants must apply for membership of ANZACAT. Places are limited.

Downloadable forms

CAT Training Year 1 Application Form

CAT Training Year 1 Course Outline

CAT Training – Year 1 Cost:

Course Fee: $8,250 (incl GST)

Deposit (Due Friday 3rd February 2017): $660 (incl GST)
Instalment 1 (Due Tuesday 10th March 2017): $3,465 (incl GST)
Instalment 2 (Due Friday 30th June 2017): $4,125 (incl GST)

To apply:

To apply for this course, please email completed CAT Training Year 1 Application Form to by Friday 3rd February 2017


Each day will run from 9.30am to 4.30pm. Registration commences at 9:15am

Days 1 & 2 are on Thursday 16th and Friday 17th February 2017
Days 3 is on Friday 24th March 2017
Days 4 is on Friday 5th May 2017
Days 5 & 6 are on Thursday 20th and Friday 21st July 2017
Days 7 & 8 are on Thursday 16th and Friday 17th November 2017


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

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