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The Atlas Institute is offering a two-part training on cognitive-behavioural conjoint therapy (CBCT) for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to licensed/registered Canadian service providers (and their trainees) working in mental health who care for Veterans and Veteran Families. The cost for this training is covered by the Atlas Institute for eligible service providers who register and are approved (see details in Training fees).

This two-part training includes:

  • Part 1: Official workshop on CBCT for PTSD (4 half-days; more info)
  • Part 2: Regular group consultations with an expert in CBCT (20 weeks)

To learn more about group consultation (part 2), read below, including how to register!

Starts in March/April 2023
1 hour/week for 20 weeks
No cost
Clinical Providers Only

Registration will be open on March 2023.

About cognitive-behavioural conjoint therapy

CBCT for PTSD is a manualized, problem-focused therapy with the simultaneous goals of improving individual PTSD and enhancing intimate relationship functioning. CBCT for PTSD is a time-limited, evidence-based intervention consisting of 15 treatment sessions scheduled for 75 minutes each.

CBCT for PTSD improves the interpersonal environment in which Veterans exist on a day-to-day basis and capitalizes on the support of their significant relationships while they endeavor PTSD treatment. In this way, CBCT for PTSD:

  • helps improve relationship issues we know often co-occur with PTSD; and
  • capitalizes on the relationship to make each individual better.

Evidence shows that training is more effective at improving competence and use of therapies when consultation is included as part of the training program.

For information about CBCT, please visit the Couple Therapy for PTSD website.

Training fees

The Atlas Institute is covering the cost of the CBCT for PTSD workshop and post-workshop group consultations for approved registrants. There will be no cost to participants (subject to eligibility).  


To register for group consultations with an expert in CBCT (Part 2), please complete the online form.

Registration will be open on March 2023.

Post-workshop group consultation details

Post-workshop group consultations include consultation calls during which cases are discussed with a CBCT consultant in efforts to increase trainees’ knowledge of the protocol and its delivery.

Group consultations will take place weekly via the secure Zoom for Healthcare video conferencing platform. Each consultation session is led by a CBCT Consultant. CBCT Consultants are licensed mental health clinicians who have training and extensive experience in the delivery of CBCT.

Group CBCT consultation structure:

  • Number of sessions offered: 20
  • Session duration: 60 minutes
  • Frequency of sessions: Weekly
  • Delivery: Online via Zoom for Healthcare platform
  • Language: English

Group 1*

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  • Start: TBD

Group 2*

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Group 3*

  • Day: TBD
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Group 4*

  • Day: TBD
  • Time: TBD
  • Start: TBD

*Please note that the days and times for groups are subject to change.

You must first complete the official two full-day or four half-day workshop on CBCT for PTSD to participate in group consultations.

It is strongly encouraged that you have active cases or anticipate having active cases during the group consultation period. “Active cases” refers to having clients with PTSD that you are currently caring for.

Following completion of the post-workshop group consultations, you can expect to:

  • Develop proficiency in delivering the CBCT for PTSD protocol.
  • Learn to conceptualize PTSD-related symptoms within a relational context.
  • Identify and effectively intervene on the cognitive and behavioural mechanisms that reciprocally interact to maintain and/or aggravate post-traumatic stress-related and initiate relationship problems.

Group consultations will be hosted on the secure Zoom for Healthcare video conferencing platform. Participants will be sent an invitation with instructions specific to your group prior to the first session.

There is space available for 32 participants.

There will be four groups offered. Each group will have a maximum of eight participants.

If you participated in the workshop offered by the Atlas Institute in March 2023 (part 1 of the CBCT training), you will receive priority. However, your spot is not guaranteed as space is limited.

Group consultations contribute to the achievement of CBCT Provider status. A requirement of group consultation is that you must attend a minimum of 15 consultation sessions. For more information about achieving CBCT Provider status, please visit the Couple Therapy for PTSD website.

About the trainers

More information on trainers to come.

PhD, CPsych
Professor of Psychology
Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly known as Ryerson University)

Dr. Monson is one of the foremost experts on traumatic stress and the use of individual and conjoint therapies for PTSD. Dr. Monson has received numerous awards for her clinical, teaching and research contributions, including Fellow status in the Canadian and American psychological associations and the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and induction into the Royal Society of Canada. Dr. Monson has co-authored seven books, including the treatment manuals Cognitive Processing Therapy: A Comprehensive Manual and Cognitive-Behavioral Conjoint Therapy for PTSD. Dr. Monson is well-known for her clinical training and dissemination efforts.

PhD, CPsych
Clinical Psychologist, private practice
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences
McMaster University

Dr. Philippe Shnaider previously managed and worked as a psychologist at the Anxiety Treatment and Research Clinic at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. He is the co-author of Treating PTSD with Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies: Interventions That Work, and has published several peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. His research focuses on examining individual, couple and group cognitive behavioural therapies for anxiety- and trauma-related disorders. Dr. Shnaider is actively involved in efforts to train clinicians in evidence-based interventions for PTSD.

Target audience

This training is intended for licensed/registered service providers working in mental health who care for Veterans or Veteran Families in Canada. Trainees working under a licensed/registered service provider in Canada are also eligible to apply. Because of the advanced nature of group consultations, it is not intended for those with a general interest.

To be eligible, you must:

  1. Have previously completed the official two full-day or four half-day workshop in CBCT for PTSD led by certified CBCT trainers.
  2. Be a licensed/registered service provider or a trainee under a licensed/registered service provider working in mental health. For example: Counsellor; marriage and family therapist; nurse practitioner; occupational therapist; physician; psychiatrist; psychologist; psychotherapist; registered nurse; registered psychiatric nurse’ or social worker. If you do not see yourself in this list, please contact us to see if you’re eligible.
    • Your licence needs to include psychotherapy in your scope of practice.
    • Please note that regulatory bodies differ in each province and territory and the scope of practice and authorized client populations for each profession may vary as a result.
  3. Be currently living and providing care in Canada.
  4. Provide care to Veterans and Veteran Families* (Veterans from the Canadian Armed Forces and former RCMP members).
    *The term Family member is used to describe a range of people, from partners and children, to parents, siblings, extended Family, and chosen Family or friends.
  5. Be able to participate in the group consultations in English.

Note: Couples therapy does not need to be a declared competency to take this training.

It is strongly encouraged that you have active cases or anticipate having active cases during the group consultation period. “Active cases” refers to having clients with PTSD that you are currently caring for.

We encourage applications from members of groups with historical and/or current barriers to equity. The Atlas Institute is attentive to the diversity of our network and invites you to self-identify if you wish during registration. Responses from applicants who self-identify during the registration process will only be shared with training organizers at the Atlas Institute. Groups include:

  • First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples, and all other Indigenous Peoples
  • Persons with visible and/or invisible (physical and/or mental) disabilities
  • Member of a group(s) that commonly experience discrimination due to race, ancestry, colour, religion and/or spiritual beliefs, or place of origin
  • Persons who identify as women
  • Persons of marginalized sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions

The Atlas Institute is committed to supporting an accessible environment for participants attending trainings offered through the Atlas Institute. Part of this commitment includes ensuring supports, such as American Sign Language interpreters or captionists, are made available during the training. Prior to the training, we will ask all participants if any support would help them fully participate in this training.