Now Completed-Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Health/Illness Anxiety & Somatic Symptom Disorders (June 7th, 2019)




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

Workshop Description

Health or illness anxiety and Somatic Symptom Disorders are related but different conditions, which often become a challenge for therapists and family physicians. They have a significant co-morbidity with mental health disorders and with medical conditions. Not managing these conditions can lead to disability and increased cost of health care due to frequent presentations, investigations and treatments. Avoiding unwarranted treatments is crucial to improving the clients’ wellbeing.

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a well-established treatment for these conditions, but a generic CBT approach may not yield success. Treatment of these conditions requires knowledge of CBT specific to these disorders.

This course will review phenomenology and DSM-5 diagnoses of these disorders. The CBT approach and evidence will be discussed. Attendees will work with a step by step protocol with suitable modifications to address each of these conditions.

Workshop Trainer

IXT MIND WORKSHOPSDr Sanjay Rao is an experienced teacher and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Ottawa In 2018 he was awarded a Fellowship of the Canadian Association of Cognitive Behavioural therapy for his contribution to CBT in Canada. He has received an award from the Department of Health, UK for CBT development. He is the Director of IXT Mind CBT training.

Dr Rao has trained in CBT, DBT, Mindfulness-based therapies, and strength focussed coaching. He has expertise in both psychological and pharmacological treatment of mental health conditions. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrist (UK) and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Canada). He has delivered over 250 workshops in Cognitive behavioural therapies, presented in national, international conferences and published in several scientific journals.

Since 2011 he has helped the province of Nova Scotia develop Cognitive Behavioural Therapy implementation by training and supervising therapists across the province. He has also served as an executive member of the Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy along with various management position such as Co-Chair of Chiefs of Psychiatrists in Nova Scotia, Clinical Director of The Mood and Anxiety Program at the Royal Ottawa Hospital and Clinical Lead of Improving Access to Structured Psychotherapy in Ottawa.

Dr Rao is involved in research concerning distance delivery of CBT through technology as well as workplace mental health using CBT and problem-solving approaches. He is an active clinician delivering CBT in collaborative care settings.

He trains and supervises multidisciplinary teams including physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists and counsellors.

Date: June 7th, 2019 (9:00 – 4:30)


Ottawa Public Library – Nepean Centrepointe Room 1B, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, ON.

Note: There are is a local café for refreshments and to purchase lunch.

Workshop Rates:

Registration Fee: $269 +HST | Early Bird Fee: $220.00 +HST (Ends May 7th, 2019)

Student Rate/CMHA Staff: $199.00 + HST (Note: Students & CMHA Staff send proof of being a student to

Registration is open to those who have an independent practice or is a student working towards independent practice. CMHA staff should send or present with their ID proof.

Email: if you have any questions.

Cancellation Policy

Registrant Cancellation:

Note: Refund Policy

  • Full refund minus $50.00 Admin fee until May 7th, 2019 at 4:00 pm.
  • After May 7th, 2019 the refund will be for 50% of the fee paid.
  • The course fee paid can be carried forward to another 1-day workshop offered by us.

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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