CAT Practitioner Training: year one

CAT Practitioner Training: year one

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 one 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.

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 post-qualification psychotherapy experience.  

  • Course components

    The CAT Practitioner Training year one 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 zoom (or equivalent online platform). 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 in training and supervision as well as satisfactory completion of three assignments during the year. Two written assignments will be set during the course; an essay and a written case study. In addition, students will be required to give one presentation. 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 two of the course. Further details about the assessment requirements are provided in the year one course outline.

    The course fees include one-year membership of ANZACAT. Students must apply for membership of ANZACAT once accepted on the training course.

    Further details about the requirements are in the year one course outline. Places are limited.

  • Downloadable forms

  • Dates

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

    Days one and two: Thursday, 11 and Friday, 12 February 2021.

    Days three and four: Thursday, 13 and Friday, 14 May 2021.

    Days five and six: Thursday, 12 and Friday, 13 August 2021.

    Days seven and eight: Thursday, 28 and Friday, 29 October 2021.

    Please note: Dates are subject to change. Orygen takes no responsibility for expenses incurred as a result of changed dates.

  • Location

    This 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.

    If you would like to receive this training at a location outside of Melbourne please contact us on to discuss your requirements.

  • Cost






    7 December 2020

    First instalment


    1 February 2021

    Second instalment


    30 June 2021





  • To apply

    Applications for 2020 will be open until 7 December 2020.

    To apply, please complete an application form and send to Once submitted the course deposit can be paid via the web store.

    Please contact if you have any questions regarding the application process.

  • Late marking fee

    The CAT Training marking fee will apply to those wishing to submit CAT Training Year 1 or 2 written assignments outside of a specific course. The fee of $120 is per assignment.

    Click here to submit late assignments for marking.

  • Presenter bio

    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 & New Zealand Association of Cognitive Analytic Therapy (ANZACAT) and Secretary 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.