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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 training is usually offered in two parts. Only Part 1 of this training is available at this time:

  • PART 1 — The official virtual workshop on CBCT for PTSD led by certified trainers (four half-days)

To learn more about the workshop (part 1), read below, including how to register!

Monday, March 20, 2023 - Thursday, March 23, 2023
12 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. (ET)
No Cost
Clinical Providers Only

Registration is closed

About cognitive-behavioural conjoint therapy

CBCT for PTSD is a manualized 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.  This manualized therapy is problem-focused and has the simultaneous goals of improving individual PTSD and enhancing intimate relationship functioning.

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 undergo 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 feel better.

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).

While we are covering the cost of the training, you will need to acquire a copy of the CBCT for PTSD Treatment Manual(available for purchase through Guilford Press and other retailers).

Cognitive-Behavioral Conjoint Therapy for PTSD: Harnessing the Healing Power of Relationships
Published July 19, 2012
By Candice M. Monson and Steffany J. Fredman
ISBN 9781462505531

Note: Visit the homepage of the Couple Therapy for PTSD website for a promotion code to save 20% through Guilford Press.  


Registration for this workshop is now full. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please complete the online form.

Registration is closed

This opportunity is being offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Workshop details

This virtual workshop serves as a foundational training in CBCT for PTSD. Participants in this workshop will receive specific instruction in an evidence-based, manualized form of CBCT designed to improve PTSD and enhance relationship functioning.

The CBCT for PTSD workshop helps participants conceptualize individual mental health problems within a couples context and use specific cognitive-behavioural interventions to improve the individual and intimate lives of their clients. Participants will receive training in the essential cognitive-behavioural interventions for PTSD to provide synergistic treatment outcomes.

Case examples and role plays will allow participants to have hands-on experience with the interventions. Clinical considerations in the application of this CBCT to different types of couples (e.g., dually traumatized, both partners presenting with mental health disorders) and specific issues that might arise in the delivery of the therapy (e.g., intimate aggression, problematic substance use) will be discussed.

The workshop will take place over four days. Each day will comprise 3.5 hours of training.

Date: Monday, March 20, 2023 – Thursday, March 23, 2023
Time: 12 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Eastern time
Delivery: Online via Zoom for Healthcare platform
Language: English

At the completion of this workshop, you can expect to:

  • Be familiar with current literature on the associations between PTSD, its common comorbidities, and intimate relationship problems.
  • Understand the rationale for using CBCT for the treatment of PTSD and its comorbidities.
  • Be able to conceptualize the cognitive and behavioural mechanisms that reciprocally interact to maintain and/or aggravate PTSD and intimate relationship problems.
  • Have knowledge of specific dyadic cognitive-behavioural interventions for couples in which at least one member is struggling with PTSD.

This workshop will be delivered over the secure Zoom for Healthcare video conferencing platform. You will be sent an invitation with instructions prior to the workshop.

To participate, please ensure that you have a stable Internet connection (broadband wired or wireless — 3G or 4G/LTE), speakers and microphone (built-in or USB plug-in or wireless Bluetooth). To ensure connectivity, please ensure your Zoom App is up-to-date. If you have an older version of Zoom, it may not be compatible with the conference call. You can download the latest version here.

The workshop will have a maximum capacity of 150 participants.

Candice Monson, PhD, is approved by the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) to offer Continuing Education credits to Canadian psychologists. For other licensed professionals, please check with your licensing board to determine acceptability of CPA CE credits for this learning activity.

This program offers 12 contact hours in total (3 per day) with full attendance. Partial CE credit is not offered. Participants will be eligible to receive CEs upon successfully completing an online post-training survey/knowledge evaluation.

Attending a foundational workshop is the first step in becoming a CBCT provider and being on the Couple Therapy for PTSD website’s searchable Provider Roster. For more information about achieving CBCT Provider status, please visit the Couple Therapy for PTSD website.

Day 1 and 2

  • Research regarding PTSD and family functioning, including outcomes of CBCT for PTSD
  • Evidence-based assessment and review of measures
  • Overview of CBCT for PTSD
  • Review of Sessions 1-2 of CBCT for PTSD manual

Day 3 and 4

  • Review of Sessions 3-15 of CBCT for PTSD manual
  • Common challenges and strategies for overcoming them
  • Considerations related to different types of diversity and case presentations

About the trainers

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 this workshop, it is not intended for those with a general interest.

To be eligible, you must:

  1. 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 must 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.
  2. Be currently living and providing care in Canada.
  3. 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.
  4. Be able to participate in the workshop in English.

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

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.