Introduction to Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) 2019

Introduction to Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) 2019


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. The CAT framework has also been used by teams in a range of settings, including forensic and intellectual disability services. 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.

Learning objectives

  • 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

Suitable for

This workshop is suitable for mental health clinicians who work with young people.

Presenter bio

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).


35 Poplar Road
Parkville VIC 3052

There is paid parking available at the Parkville site on a per hour basis with a daily maximum of $12 per day.

Public transport: The Orygen Parkville site is close to the Royal Park train station and the Number 58 Tram.

How to get there

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