WCH’s Mental Health Program publishes a Shared Cognitive Behavioural Therapy manual

  • September 15, 2021
  • BY Jaimie Roebuck

Are you looking for a creative way to offer Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)? Do your clients struggle with the idea of participating in large groups? Dr. Deanna Bruno, psychiatrist and Leslie Molnar, psychotherapist, from WCH’s Mental Health Program, along with Dr. Jennifer Hensel, formally a clinician researcher at WCH now with the University of Manitoba published a comprehensive manual offering a unique approach to delivering CBT for a single therapist working with two unrelated individuals.  This manual arises from cutting edge work at WCH funded by an WCHAMSG Innovation Fund awarded to Dr. Hensel and Dr. Bruno.

Shared CBT can increase access to care and expand options for those who are not receiving group therapy. It works by allowing two clients to work together in proximity with a therapist and “share” in the recovery experience – they grow and progress in treatment together. The results can be transformational. 

This manual, Shared Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: A Manual for Working with Peer Dyads, provides details for setting up your own Shared CBT practice with session-by-session descriptions to treat depression. It outlines the possibilities and impacts of Shared CBT for you and your clients with therapy session examples and 13 Therapist Tips. The manual provides helpful recommendations to common challenges and can be used as a jumping off point for beginner therapists, in conjunction with more comprehensive CBT training.

Congratulations to the team on developing and publishing this important resource to help advance mental health care! To purchase the manual, please click here.


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