CAMH CBT for Depression

12-Week Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Group for Depression

Offered at Taddle Creek Family Health Team (TC FHT) by CAMH Clinicians

Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for Depression is a practical, short-term form of psychotherapy. It helps people develop skills and strategies for managing depression and reducing distress.

CBT focuses on the here-and-now, on the problems that come up in day-to-day life and helps people to examine how they make sense of what is happening and how that in turn effects the way they feel.

Over the course of 12 sessions, participants are introduced to a number of practical tools to help improve their mood. Using a range of strategies, CBT aims to establish links between emotions, thoughts and behaviours. Group sessions begin by introducing behavioural activation strategies and setting measurable goals, tools that increase motivation and improve energy levels. Next, the focus shifts to exercises that focus on paying attention to and challenging unhelpful thoughts and beliefs. In addition, tools that focus on improving problem solving and assertiveness skills are introduced.  The group concludes with discussions around the concepts of acceptance and gratitude.

To summarize, CBT is:

  • Structured (each session has a planned agenda)
  • Time-limited (12 sessions)
  • Problem-focused and goal-oriented
  • Teaches strategies and skills
  • Based on a positive, shared therapeutic relationship between therapist and client

Clients will be provided with treatment manuals at no cost. It is highly recommended participants obtain the book: Mind Over Mood: Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You Think 1st or 2nd Edition by Dennis Greenberer and Christine Padesky Information on how to obtain the book is covered in the first session. In the meantime, the book is available online at Amazon and Indigo and Caversham Bookstore.  There may also be copies at the local library or at used book stores.

Spring 2020 CBT Depression Sessions (12 weeks)

  1. Tuesdays, April 7 – June 23 from 2:30-4:30pm
  2. Tuesdays, April 7 – June 23 from 5:30-7:30pm

A referral is needed to join this group.  Call Taddle Creek FHT at 416-260-1315 ext. 0 to confirm your interest in participating in this group.

Note:  Space is limited, first come first served basis.

Session                                                            Topics
  • Psychoeducation/Goals/Activation
  • Group Guidelines
  • CBT & Depression
  • Goal Setting: Identifying Impacts, General Goals, Decision to Change
  • Activation: Monitoring
  • Activation/Goals
  • Activation: Planning
  • Goal Setting: SMART Goals
  • Trouble-shooting
  • Cognitive Restructuring: Automatic Thoughts & Distortions
  • Thought Record: Introduction to Automatic Thoughts (Columns 1 to 3)
  • Cognitive Distortion Definitions
  • Cognitive Restructuring: Countering
  • Thought Record: Evidence Gathering/Balancing (Columns 4 to 7)
  • Interventions for Cognitive Distortions
  • Cognitive Restructuring: Countering (cont’d)
  • Responsibility Pie
  • Problem-Solving
  • Action Plans
  • Assumptions & Core Beliefs
  • Levels of Thinking
  • Identifying Problematic Assumptions and Negative Core Beliefs
  • Addressing Assumptions & Core Beliefs
  • Behavioural Experiments
  • Generating New Core Beliefs
  • New Core Belief Evidence Record
  • Core Belief Historical Review
  • Addressing Assumptions & Core Beliefs (cont’d)
  • Addressing Assumptions & Core Beliefs (cont’d)
  • Acceptance & Gratitude
  • Acceptance Attitude
  • Pathways to Acceptance
  • Gratitude Journal
  • Expressing Gratitude
  • Treatment Consolidation/Relapse Prevention
  • Treatment Concepts/Progress Review
  • Symptom Relapse Prevention: Self-Therapy, CBT Toolkit

Once you begin your group

      • If you cannot attend a session, call Taddle Creek FHT 416-260-1315 ext 0
      • If you have concerns/questions about group, contact facilitator (contact information will be given at first session)