CAT Practitioner Training: year two

CAT Practitioner Training: year two

The Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) Training year two course is the second part of a two-year training package that is accredited by Australian and New Zealand Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy (ANZACAT) and is based on international standards set by International Cognitive Analytic Therapy Association (ICATA) for the training of CAT practitioners.

This course has been designed for clinicians and mental health professionals working across a range of public or private counselling and mental health settings who wish to extend their knowledge and skills in Cognitive Analytic Therapy with the aim to become an accredited CAT Practitioner.

  • Course components

    The CAT Practitioner Training year two course consists of eight training days that are usually offered as four, two-day workshops (see dates below), and 40 sessions of CAT supervision to allow practice of CAT interventions. The aim is for participants 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. Participants 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 involves appropriate participation in training and supervision, and satisfactory completion of two assignments during the year. The first is a theoretical teaching seminar delivered to the year two group during the course and the second is a written case study. These assignments will be discussed during the first two days of the course, and guidelines and due dates will be provided. Please see the course outline for further details.

    Participants must be current members of ANZACAT. Places are limited.

  • Eligibility

    Participants must have successfully completed a year one CAT training course in Australia or New Zealand (or the equivalent) within the past three years and be able to demonstrate this. 

  • Downloadable forms

  • Dates

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

    Days one and two: Thursday, 25 and Friday, 26 February 2021.

    Days three and four: Thursday, 27 and Friday, 28 May 2021.

    Days five and six: Thursday, 26 and Friday, 27 August 2021.

    Days seven and eight: Thursday, 11 and Friday, 12 November 2021.

    Seminar day: Friday, July 16 (supplementary day if required)

    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




    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 bios

    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.