Medical CBT

Medical CBT is the adaptation of orthodox CBT for primary care, developed by Greg Dubord, MD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. Medical CBT emphasizes ten-minute techniques useful in normal family medicine visits.

Core modules

There are three core 12hr medical CBT workshops, each of which is three-credits-per-hour certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for 36.0 Mainpro+ credits. There are no prerequisites, and you can take them in any sequence you desire. Click the topics/destinations below for details. 

CBT Tools     CBT for Anxiety     CBT for Depression
2020     2020     2020
Fredericton     St John's     Kitchener-Waterloo
Ottawa     Vancouver     Scottsdale
Blue Mountain     Toronto     Caribbean (Disney)
Banff     Disney World      
Whistler (summer)     2021      
      South Pacific (Gauguin)      


All workshops are "three--credits-per-hour" (3:1) certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for Mainpro+ group learning credits. In other words, three credits are awarded for every one instructional hour. The majority of workshops are 12.0 instructional hours, corresponding to 36.0 Mainpro+ credits. 

American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) members are eligible to receive up to 36.0 Prescribed credit hours for attendance at CBT Canada’s 12.0 hour (/36.0 Mainpro+ credit) workshops due to a reciprocal agreement with the College of Family Physicians of Canada (AAFP, 2016). 


Curriculum advisors

CBT Canada is very grateful for the contributions of its panel of curriculum advisors. These physicians work in diverse settings—rural & urban, community & academic—and are all dedicated to the promotion of national standards for medical CBT practice and education.

NOTE:  All workshops have been updated for DSM-5. 

Needs assessment

Today's medical CBT curriculum is the product of over two decades of small group dialogues with thousands of Canadian family physicians.


Medical CBT developer Greg Dubord, MD has given over 500 CBT workshops, to physicians working in almost every conceivable practice environment in communities all across Canada.


For CBT Canada, each twelve-hour workshop serves as a "focus group" to deepen understanding of the unique CBT learning needs of family physicians. In addition, analyses of tens of thousands of pre- and post-workshop questionnaires have led to regular workshop refinements.


All medical CBT modules are evolving constantly in both process and content to meet the changing needs of Canada's doctors.

A note to psychotherapists

All medical CBT workshops are designed for family physicians, nurse practitioners and allied professionals providing brief appointments (e.g., ten minute) in medical environments. Although the workshops may also be useful for full-time psychotherapists (e.g., psychiatrists, psychologists, and GP psychotherapists), they are not designed with them in mind.

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