Certificate in Medical CBT


  • If you're looking for information about accreditation, click here
  • If you're looking for a more immersive experience, you may be interested in the Fellowship in Medical CBT (FMCBT).



  1. Ten-Minute CBT (i.e., the 3hr introductory module)
  2. CBT Tools (either the 6hr version or the 12hr version)
  3. CBT Tools Practice (i.e., the 3hr skills consolidation module)
  4. Bedside Manners 2.0 (not required if CBT Tools 12hr version)
  5. SuperDoc (i.e., the physician well-being module)
  6. Electives. Choose any seven (7) elective modules. Options include Depression; Dysthymia; GAD; GriefWork; Happiness Science; Panic & Phobias; Pediatric Topics [coming soon]; Personality Disorders; PTSD; and Social CBT.
  7. Exam. Online, multiple choice, focused on the non-elective modules, 50 questions, and minimum 75% passing grade
  8. Fee. Exam fee of $495.00 (+ HST)

Credit conversion.  The pre-COVID CBT for Anxiety = GAD plus Panic & Phobias; CBT for Depression = Depression plus Dysthymia; and CBT Tools = the new CBT Tools plus Bedside Manners.  

Benefits.  Physicians who complete the Certificate in Medical CBT (CMCBT) have the satisfaction that comes from providing significantly more evidence-based psychological care than treatment as usual. Although their patients do not receive the “ideal” of orthodox CBT, they benefit from substantially better treatment than those provided by less organized psychosocial interventions. Most alumni report a large reduction in the stress of treating patients with psychological issues, and improved clinical outcomes across a wide range of disorders.

History.  About one-third of primary care appointments are primarily psychiatric, and most other visits require at least some psychology to optimize outcomes. Unfortunately, few of today’s primary care physicians had access to adequate CBT training in their medical school years.


In April 1999, in preparation for the first Mainpro-C workshop on medical CBT, for what was then called the College of Family Physicians of Canada Annual Scientific Assembly (now known as Family Medicine Forum), CBT Canada unwittingly began the country’s largest ongoing behavioural medicine educational needs assessment. Over the years since then, CBT Canada faculty have spent hundreds of days in small group dialogues while conducting workshops with family physicians coast-to-coast. In addition, faculty have analyzed attendees’ pre-workshop needs assessments, post-workshop evaluations, and post-post-workshop self-reflection exercises—over 25,000 physician-created documents in total.


The explicit and tacit understandings obtained from this 25-year (& ongoing) study have enabled CBT Canada to create workshops highly customized for the needs of Canadian family physicians. This knowledge has been further operationalized in the Certificate in Medical CBT (CMCBT).



All CBT Canada alumni are eligible to write the CMCBT examination upon successfully completing their final workshop module. Please email 

 Greg Dubord, MD, Director

Peter Duffy, MD, Assistant Director