The CBT Skills Group program was first developed thanks to a grant from the Shared Care Committee, a joint collaborative committee of the Doctors of BC and the Ministry of Health. The Victoria Division of Family Practice was also a key supporter of the pilot, and Divisions of Family Practice continue to be integral in bringing the program to new communities. The Vancouver Division of Family Practice (Justin Ho, Anya Phillip) is a key partner for our current expansion.
This proven program continues to expand and grow in response to the needs of communities from across BC. As of August 2021, we are able to accept patients from across BC to attend any of our virtual groups. We continue to develop specialized groups as we hear calls for more in-depth learning or specific interests.
As of September 2021, we are partnering with the Shared Care Committee and the UBC Office of Continuing Professional Development to support physicians in BC to take the course, to better support their own health and those of their patients. We will also train more physician facilitators as part of this program, so that physicians can offer the groups online and eventually in-person, across BC.
Thank you to everyone to has helped us make it possible to offer an effective, accessible option for providers and participants who are looking to improve their lives through learning.