The Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) Training Year 2 course is the second part of a two year training package that is accredited by ANZACAT and is based on international standards set by 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.
Participants must be current members of ANZACAT and must have successfully completed a Year 1 CAT training course in Australia or New Zealand (or the equivalent) within the last three years and be able to demonstrate this.
The CAT Training Year 2 course consists of eight training days that are usually offered as four, two-day workshops and forty 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. 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 involves appropriate participation in the training days and in supervision, and satisfactory completion of two assignments during the course. The first is a written case study and the second is either a theoretical essay or the equivalent in the form of a teaching seminar delivered to the Year 2 group during the course. These assignments will be discussed during the first two days of the course, and guidelines and due dates will be provided. Please see the CAT Training Year 2 Course Outline for further details.
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).
Dr Reem Ramadan
Dr Reem Ramadan is a Clinical Psychologist and senior clinician at the Helping Young People Early (HYPE) Program, Orygen Youth Health. 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 (CAT) practitioner, supervisor and trainer. Reem uses her clinical knowledge and experiences to assist mental health services and other organisations to identify and respond effectively to vulnerable young people and their families.