Medical CBT: Ten-Minute Techniques for Real Doctors (2022.12.08; c/o McGill University; via Zoom)

McGill University
Additional Sponsors: 
CBT Canada
Meeting Description: 

McGill University Faculty of Medicine is again sponsoring two medical CBT workshops at the Annual Refresher Course for Family Physicians.

Both workshops assume that appointments are ten minutes or less in duration. As such, the focus is exclusively on those tools that are highly practical and efficient.  

Although ideally taken together for 18.0 Mainpro+ credits, the workshops can also be taken individually for 9.0 Mainpro+ credits each.


Personality Disorders: Manage them before they manage you

December 8 | 9:00AM-12:30PM | 9.0 Mainpro+ | $395 tuition

The "superpower" of reading and managing personalities 

How common are the personality disorders? According to a recent meta-analysis (Volkert, 2018), over 12% of your patients likely have one. The rates are much higher among those in your practice with “illness anxiety disorder”: 75% of hypochondriacs have one personality disorder, and nearly 50% have three or more.

Unfortunately, and as you know all too well, personality disorders aren’t found only among our patients. The personalities of our colleagues, family members, and friends can also contribute to some rather profound suffering.

This practical workshop begins with a review of the science of personality assessment. We examine the most popular inventories, doing a fair bit of debunking along the way. Fortunately, some inventories are indisputably evidence-based. You'll have an opportunity to analyze yourself (and your loved ones, if you're so inclined) using one of the very best.

The core of the workshop is the systematic review of DSM-5’s ten personality disorders: the insensitively-named "MAD" (paranoid, schizoid, schizotypal), "BAD" (antisocial, borderline, histrionic, narcissistic), and "SAD" (avoidant, dependent, and obsessive-compulsive) "clusters". 

 As we review each of the ten personality disorders, our emphases are on 1) rapid diagnosis (when possible); 2) modular treatments (when desired), and 3) clinician coping (always). The complex issue of the diagnosis of children and adolescents will be debated.

Borderline personality disorder necessitates extra time. Today nearly 20% of female university students have significant BPD symptoms, and cutting is rising among tweens (ages 8 to 12). In this expanded section we focus on managing non-suicidal self-injuries, with practical tips harvested from CBT and its relevant derivatives (i.e., DBT and ACT).

Although nobody woke would advocate labeling, there is clearly much value in knowing what kind of person one is dealing with. Many case challenges (e.g., in preventive medicine & chronic disease management)—and a high percentage of interpersonal disputesgain clarity through the lens of personality.

Personalities and their disorders are by definition enduring and predictable. When you improve your skills in reading others, you give yourself a little "superpower".

That superpower will make both your clinical practice and your life in general a fair bit easier. 


GriefWork: Growing from life's inevitable losses

December 8 | 1:00PM-4:30PM | 9.0 Mainpro+ | $395 tuition 

Losses happen. That's always been true, but it's more salient in these dreadful Days of COVID.  

Historically, it was the wisdom traditions—religion and philosophy—that provided us with comfort. Today psychology helps too: the utterly universal experience of loss has spawned much excellent scientific research.   

This workshop assumes your appointments are brief, averaging only 5–7 minutes. With that in mind, we teach the CBT tools that are highest in impact and practicality. The goal is to efficiently help patients copeat least a little betterwith the pain of some of life’s inevitable losses. 

  1. What are the criteria for DSM-5-TR's new Prolonged Grief Disorder?
  2. Kübler-Ross’s DABDA is dead. What new recovery model is both evidence-based and empowering?
  3. Is it bereavement or is it depression? If it’s “just” bereavement, how should the management differ?   
  4. Reassurance is helpful—but goodness gracious, only to a point. What concrete tools help the bereaved? And what tricks can we use to boost compliance? 
  5. People persist to prevent the pain of loss; e.g., with relationships beyond their “best before” dates, and with careers that suck their souls. How can one escape the “sunk cost trance” underlying such maladaptive behaviors?
  6. Beyond reducing suffering, there’s the tantalizing prospect of “post-traumatic growth” (PTG). PTG is real—what are non-klutzy ways of facilitating it? 
  7. Forgiveness (in some form) is often required to overcome a loss. How does the research suggest we define and facilitate that which sounds so godawfully churchy?
  8. How prevalent are the so-called “moral injuries”? How can we help those genuinely suffering from them?  
  9. For some patients, the fear of death is overwhelming. How can we help them overcome that common cause of suffering?

Head instructor Greg Dubord, MD is the prime developer of medical CBT. He has presented over 500 workshops, including over 50 for the College of Family Physicians of Canada, and is a University of Toronto CME Teacher of the Year. Dr. Dubord is the CPD Director for CBT Canada, which received the National CME Program Award from the College of Family Physicians of Canada for providing "exceptional learning experiences”


This three-credits-per-hour Group Learning program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada* and the Québec College of Family Physicians, a continuing professional development-accrediting organization recognized by the Collège des médecins du Québec, and has been approved for 18.0 Mainpro+ credits. The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada accepts Mainpro+ credits as equivalent (1:1) to MOC credits for Section 1 (i.e., Group Learning). As such, this six-hour, three-credits-per-hour module counts for 18.0 credits in MAINPORT.

*American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) members are eligible to receive up to 9.0 Prescribed credit hours for attendance at CBT Canada's 3.0 hour (/9.0 Mainpro+ credit) workshops due to a reciprocal agreement with the College of Family Physicians (AAFP, 2016).

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