CBT Skills Group FAQs

Welcome!

Maybe you are here because you are curious or maybe you heard about our program from a friend or your doctor. Whatever reason got you here, you probably have some questions. 

These are the most commonly asked questions about the CBT Skills program.
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What is the course like?

The groups are like a classroom setting with up to 16 participants. You will receive a workbook that the facilitator will teach from each week. Most of the classroom time will be spent learning the concepts and practicing the skills, with minimal personal sharing. You will be assigned homework for you to complete the following week. 

Who are the facilitators?

Facilitators of the program are specially trained family physicians, psychiatrists, or both. 

What is the time commitment?

Each series consists of 8 weeks of 90-minute sessions. There is also 10-60 minutes of home practice each week.

Will I have to share personal information?

The program involves skills training, not psychotherapy, so personal sharing is limited. Each week each participant briefly shares on their learning each week. Most people say this learning from other participants is the most powerful part of the course. 

How much does it cost?

There is an upfront cost of $100 that is required at the time you register for the program. $65 is a no show fee deposit that will be returned to you if you attend all weekly sessions or only miss one. $35 is for the workbook that you keep as a resource after the group ends. If the $100 cost is a financial hardship for participants, we offer coupons to reduce the cost.

When and where are the groups held?

The groups are run on various days and evenings. During the pandemic, all groups will be held virtually using zoom technology.  

How can I sign up?

First, decide if you have the time and energy to commit to attending all of the 8 weekly sessions. Each week also involves 10-60 minutes of practice at home. 

Then, request a referral from your family physician. He or she will have you complete a screening questionnaire to determine if the group is suitable for you. 

If you are eligible, your family physician will send in the referral and we will be in touch with you by email with the list if upcoming groups for you to choose from.

What do participants say?

"This course has been invaluable. I wish I could have learned these things earlier in life."

"It brought sunshine to the darkness. An oasis of companionship and sharing. Awakening and aha moments of triggers."

"I feel empowered that I direct my life, I have the power to control and change my thoughts, behaviours, and feelings, and I'm worth it to do so."

"Realization that I am not alone - everyone is going through something."

"Through the CBT Skills program I have learned simple approaches I can use to maintain more objectivity in situations where I could become anxious or overly emotional. I have more ways to remain calm and feel more in control over my moods/emotions."

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of completers report confidence in their ability to manage their mental health symptoms

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