Medical CBT

Medical CBT is the adaptation of orthodox cognitive behavior therapy 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.

The introductory workshop

Ten-Minute CBTNo-BS Techniques for the Front Line

CBT Canada offers both three-hour (9.0 Mainpro+ credit) and six-hour (18.0 Mainpro+ credit) versions of the introductory workshop Ten-Minute CBT. Completing a Ten-Minute CBT workshop is recommended but not required before taking one of the core modules below. Upcoming dates for Ten-Minute CBT include September 29 (TBC) and January 12 (TBC). All are certified for three-credits-per-hour

The three core modules

1. CBT Tools  12.0 hours

2. CBT for Anxiety  12.0 hours

3. CBT for Depression  12.0 hours

All three core modules are certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada at the three-credits-per-hour level, for a total of 36.0 Mainpro+ credits each (108.0 Mainpro+ credits grand total). There are no prerequisites for any of the modules, and you can take them in any sequence you wish. Current options are as follows:

CBT Tools CBT for Anxiety CBT for Depression
June 14-15, 2021 June 3-4, 2021  May 6-7, 2021
September 16-17, 2021    

The keen may wish to consider CBT Canada's Certificate in Medical CBT (CMCBT). Requirements include the completion of the three core workshops and followed by an online exam (details). The super-keen in possession of an Ontario medical license may wish to consider the one-year Fellowship in Medical CBT (FMCBT). Email for details. 

The physician resiliency workshop

SuperDocLeveraging CBT Tools to Maximize Physician Resiliency

According to the CMA, 30% of Canadian physicians are "highly burned out" and 34% are depressed (CMA, 2018). The CMPA now refers to physician well-being as "the missing quality of care indicator". Simply put, the burned-out doctor is probably a crappy doctor. Fortunately, today's CBT is a treasure-trove of scientifically‐tested tools to help physicians increase their resiliencyPlease join CBT Canada faculty for the fast-paced and practical SuperDoc workshop. You’ll emerge equipped with versatile CBT tools to boost the functioning and improve the mental health of your patients, your family, your friends—and the ongoing project called “you”. Some of the 2021 dates for the SuperDoc workshop (detailsinclude September 22 and December 2 (TBC). All are certified for three-credits-per-hour


All CBT Canada 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). 



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. 


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.

We're always adding new options

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