OLC Workshop: Beyond Boundaries: CBT Skills for Complex Mental Health Co-morbidities on June 19, 2024

CBT Skills for Complex Mental Health Co-morbidities

Presented by the Ontario Association of Social Workers  (OASW) 

Workshop Description

The workshop will review methods to conceptualise co-morbidity in mental health, prevalence, patterns and its impact on the outcomes of mental health conditions. A phenomenological approach to Cognitive behavioural therapy is useful to delineate and formulate co-morbidity. This goes beyond the formulation framework of most therapies and often goes unaddressed in teaching therapy approaches. The workshop also provides pragmatic decision-making approaches to addressing conditions based on functional impact and ease of developing the interventions. This leads to a pyramidal build-up of skills and clinical improvement in the clients. Attendees can take away skills to formulate and plan evidence-based treatment for co-morbid conditions with hands-on practice during the session.

By the end of this workshop, learners will: 

  1. Understand the prevalence , models, patterns and impact of co-morbid conditions in mental health with reference to the current literature.   

  2. Learn to formulate presentations of co-morbid conditions and avoid pitfalls in engaging the clients.   

  3. Plan interventions and become familiar with key skills to intervene with co-morbid conditions.  

  4. Become aware of synergy between CBT and other psychiatric interventions for co-morbid condition and how best to utilise this.    



This workshop will be best suited for those who have an understanding and experience in delivering CBT interventions and an understanding of common mental health conditions    

Workshop Instructor 

Dr. Rao has trained in psychiatry, cognitive behavioural therapies and business administration. He has worked in India, the UK and Canada. He has had leadership positions in delivering cognitive behavioural and allied interventions. Dr. Rao was also an advisor to the psychotherapy group in the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Ontario for implementation of the provincial Improving Access to Structured Psychotherapy Programme and worked with the government of Nova Scotia to implement CBT training. He was awarded the Northern England Doctor of the Year in 2007 and invited to the Public Service Excellence Reception by the Prime Minster of UK. In 2018 he was awarded a Fellowship of the Canadian Association of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in recognition of his efforts to disseminate CBT in Canada. He has delivered in excess of 600 workshop in CBT and trained therapists across different professional groups.   

June 19, 2024 |  10:00 am - 4:00 pm ET


  • OASW Members: $199 + HST 
  • Non-members: $299 + HST


This event is being offered at a reduced rate thanks to support from Employment Ontario, the Government of Ontario and the Government of Canada.

Date & Time: Jun 19, 2024 10:00 AM to
Jun 19, 2024 04:00 PM
[America/Toronto UTC -5]


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Registration Closes: Jun 18, 2024 08:00 AM

Event Coordinator:

Hanya Seloum

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