March 18, 2022. Today marks the release of DSM-5-TR. It's been a long wait: the previous edition was released back on May 18, 2013. Over 70 disorders have revised criteria. DSM-5-TR contains a noteworthy new disorder: Prolonged Grief Disorder (PGD). Also significant are the new symptom codes to indicate the presence or history of suicidal behavior and nonsuicidal self-injury. All CBT Canada workshops have been revised for the new DSM-5-TR.
March 1, 2022. We're pleased to present two workshops in collaboration with McGill University again this year, both on December 8. Personality Disorders: Manage Them Before They Manage You runs from 9:00AM to 12:30PM, and GriefWork: Growing From Life's Inevitable Losses runs from 1:00PM to 4:30PM. Both workshops will be held c/o Zoom. Each is 3.0 hours in length and certified for 9.0 Mainpro+ credits. If you register before the earlybird deadline, you'll save $200.00.
February 1, 2022. Today Peter MacKean, MD, CCFP, FCFP published an excellent article on CBT in the Canadian Family Physician. Peter is a Past President of the CFPC, and he has taken several CBT Canada workshops. Peter writes, "Many common yet disabling patient symptoms are treatable with cognitive-behavioural therapy… Family physicians are in an ideal position… Both patient and clinician satisfaction would be improved… It behooves us as family physicians to be trained."
November 1, 2021. Today marked the end of an era: University of Pennsylvania psychiatrist Aaron Beck, the Father of CBT, died at the age of 100. As the New York Times wrote in his obituary, "CBT has become by far the world's most extensively studied form of psychotherapy... the influence of CBT on the treatment of mental disorders is hard to exaggerate." Dr. Greg Dubord completed a one-year Fellowship with Dr. Beck in 1994–5. He writes, "It was an extraordinary privilege working with Dr. Beck. His skills in connecting with his patients and motivating them to change forever changed my approach to therapy."
April 2, 2021. CBT Canada was federally incorporated over 25 years ago, on April 2, 1996. We're the same age as WestJet, Pokémon, and Indigo—and a year older than Google. Back in 1996, Jean Chrétien & Bill Clinton were in office, the very first DVD players came out, and Dolly the Sheep was cloned. Celine Dion's Because You Loved Me topped the charts, and The English Patient won the Academy Award.
October 1, 2020. Today marked the passing of one of Canada's preeminent psychiatrists, Vivian Rakoff, MD, CM. Dr. Rakoff was Professor Emeritus and former Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. As the Globe and Mail wrote in his obituary, “He is remembered for his extraordinary intellect, kindness, sense of wonder and the agility with which he wove together ideas from a vast range of disciplines.” Dr. Benoit Mulsant, the current Psychiatry Department Chair, has referred to Dr. Rakoff as "a true giant in our field." Dr. Rakoff was Dr. Greg Dubord's personal psychotherapy mentor for three years in the mid-1990s. Some of Dr. Greg Dubord's reflections on that experience are here.
September 24, 2020. Today the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto received the single largest gift in Canadian history. Dean Trevor Young has declared the $250 million donation from the Temerty Foundation "transformational". Currently, the University of Toronto's Faculty of Medicine is ranked #6 in the world by Times Higher Education, and #4 in the world by US New & World Report.
August 30, 2016. CBT Canada was the first organization certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada to offer three-credits-per-hour CME. In assessing the CMCBT Program, a senior CFPC accreditation reviewer wrote, "Two words: superlative & exemplary". Three-credits-per-hour CME saves much time & money over ostensibly "free" one-credit-per-hour CME. The five-year benefit calculations are an eye-opener.