CAT Practitioner Training year 1

CAT Practitioner Training year 1

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 year 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 of becoming 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 40 sessions of CAT supervision to allow practice of CAT interventions. The aim is for students 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. Students with suitable existing CAT supervision arrangements can request to continue these as part of the course. Students 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). Students 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. Students must apply for membership of ANZACAT once accepted on the training course. The course fees include one year membership of ANZACAT.

    Further details about the requirements are in the CAT Training Year 1 Course Outline. See section 'Downloadable forms' below.

  • Downloadable forms

  • Dates

    Each day will run from 9.30am to 4.30pm – registration commences at 9:15am

    Days 1 & 2 – Thursday, 14 and Friday, 15 February 2019

    Days 3 & 4 – Thursday, 4 and Friday, 5 April 2019

    Days 5 & 6 – Thursday, 25 and Friday, 26 July 2019

    Days 7 & 8 – Thursday, 21 and Friday, 22 November 2019

  • Location

    This course is delivered at Orygen Youth Health, 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
    Deposit $660 14 December 2018
    First installment $3,565 1 February 2019
    Second installment $4,125 1 July 2019
    Total $8,350  


  • To apply

    Applications for 2019 are now closed.

    To submit a late application, please complete and return an application form to