NOW COMPLETED – Mastering Behavioural Activation (BA) Treatment of Depression



Next offered: November 2nd, 2018

Course attendees will receive a certificate of attendance from the Dept of Psychiatry, University of Ottawa.

Location: Ottawa

Workshop Description

Contrary to popular belief behavioural activation treatment (BAT) is not merely increasing activity levels. BAT is one of the evidence-based treatment for depression. Learn the insides of BAT from a practising academic clinician and teacher of cognitive behavioural therapy.

The course covers the theory and model for diagnosing and treating depression. Approach BAT through the functional analysis of avoidance and loss of rewards in depression. By understanding the skilled use of the activity diary, you will learn to identify ‘stuck’ points and effective treatment strategies to get clients unstuck.

The nuances of BAT rest in its simplicity and attention to detail. Avoid the common pitfall of techniques which may be incompatible with BAT formulation and approach.

The course will also describe how medication strategies interact with psychological treatments.

Workshop Trainer

Dr Sanjay Rao is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Ottawa and Addl Professor of Psychiatry Dalhousie University. He has delivered over 250 workshops in CBT across UK, Canada and regularly presents at national and international conferences on CBT. He has expertise in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders and was the clinical director of the mood and anxiety programme at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. He was also the Clinical Lead for Improving Access to Structured Psychotherapy Programme in Ottawa.

He is a trained specialist in consultation-liaison psychiatry and established services to serve clients who have co-occurring mental and physical conditions. He trains and supervises multidisciplinary teams including physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists and counsellors and has been on the forefront of CBT training in Canada. He developed and delivered province-wide CBT training in Nova Scotia.

Dr.Rao has written and published on internet-based behavioural activation with has written a CIHR funded app for behavioural activation treatment of Depression.

Dr Rao has been recently awarded Fellowship of the Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy (CACBT-ACTCC) for contribution to the dissemination of CBT in Canada. 

Location: Courtside A, RA Centre. 2451 Riverside Dr. (Parking on site and free)

Time: 9:00-4:00 pm

Note: Coffee Breaks will be provided for in the morning and afternoon with light snacks. Lunch is not provided, however there are a number of options in the area.

 Workshop Rates:

Registration Fee: $249 +HST 

Student Rate: $199.00 + HST (Note: Students send proof of being a student to to receive your Discount Code)

Registration is open to those who have an independent practise or is a student working towards independent practise.

Email: if you have any questions.

Cancellation Policy

Registrant Cancellation

We kindly ask that if you must reschedule or cancel your registration that you provide 24 hr notice. This provides us the opportunity to offer your space to anyone who may be on a waiting list.

Note: Refund Policy

  • Full refund minus $50.00 Admin fee until October 1st, 2018 at 4:00 pm. 
  • After October 1st, 2018 the refund will be for 50% of fee paid.  

IXT Mind Cancellation

Please note that many Workshops require a minimum number of attendees for the workshop to go ahead and be financially viable. Please do not incur or commit to any additional costs in relation to the workshop until you have received confirmation that it is going ahead.

IXT Mind reserves the right to cancel this workshop at its discretion. In the unlikely event a workshop must be cancelled or rescheduled, workshop fees will be refunded at 100%. IXT Mind including its coordinators, agents and/or trainers, hold no financial responsibility for any related additional costs including travel or accommodation costs incurred by the registrant. Thank you for your understanding. 


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