Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) is an integrated, time-limited therapy that was developed over the past thirty years by Dr. Anthony Ryle in the UK. It is now used extensively across the UK and has been adapted for use with a wide range of disorders including borderline personality disorder, eating disorders, substance abuse, depression and anxiety disorders and psychosis.
Since 2000, the HYPE program at Orygen Youth Health has been successfully using CAT as part of it’s early intervention program for young people with borderline personality disorder.
Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health has been providing training in CAT skills since 2003.
This workshop will provide a detailed overview of CAT, the origins and uses, along with case examples and some interactive material.
The learning objectives for this workshop are to:
- Understand the key concepts in CAT
- Have an overview of the theoretical origins of CAT
- Experience applying the model to formulate clinical material
- Have an overview of how CAT can be used as a framework and as an individual therapy
Professor Andrew Chanen
Professor Andrew Chanen is Deputy Research Director and Head of Personality Disorder Research at Orygen, the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health and a Professorial Fellow at the Centre for Youth Mental Health, The University of Melbourne. He is also Director of Clinical Services at Orygen Youth in Melbourne, Australia. Andrew’s clinical, research and knowledge translation interests lie in prevention and early intervention for severe mental disorders, principally personality disorder, along with mood and psychotic disorders. He established and directs the Helping Young People Early (HYPE) program, a clinical, research and knowledge translation program investigating the understanding of and prevention and early intervention for severe personality disorder, particularly borderline personality disorder in youth. HYPE has been recognised with several awards for advancing healthcare. Andrew currently receives grant funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), has over 100 scientific publications and a forthcoming book, Early Intervention for Borderline Personality Disorder, to be published by Cambridge University Press. He is the Past President of the International Society for the Study of Personality Disorders (ISSPD), serves on a number of Editorial Boards of various peer reviewed journals, is a panel member for ICD-11 Review Group, and is regularly invited to speak about personality disorders in youth, nationally and internationally.
Dr. Louise McCutcheon
Dr. Louise McCutcheon is a clinical psychologist and Senior Program Manager at Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health and Helping Young People Early (HYPE), Orygen Youth Health Clinical Program. She is also an Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for Youth Mental Health, The University of Melbourne.
Louise McCutcheon jointly founded the award-winning Helping Young People Early (HYPE) program, an early intervention program for borderline personality disorder (BPD) 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 (CAT) in Australia. She works with mental health services assisting them to implement early intervention for BPD 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).
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